BEIJING has asked foreign non-governmental organisations (NGOs) not to 'entertain' locals by taking them to Huairou, one of the alternative sites of the NGO Forum on Women, saying it was against policy. The instruction comes amid reports that security in Beijing has been stepped up in the run-up to the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown and the United Nations' World Conference on Women in September. Sources said some foreign NGOs recently received the instruction which apparently aims to deter them from taking Chinese in their cars to Huairou during the forum. Huairou, 50 kilometres from Beijing, a village with nothing but a handful of red brick buildings, lies two hours from Beijing along a narrow, winding road that threads through steep valleys. Public transport to and from Beijing is by coaches which run every hour. China announced late last month that the site of the Forum on Women, held in parallel with the UN World Conference on Women, would be moved from Beijing's Workers' Stadium to Huairou county. Observers said the move was designed to isolate and contain the often 'troublesome' NGOs which Beijing fears might exploit the opportunity to stage 'anti-China' or 'anti-communist' activities. Some NGOs were so angry at the move that they proposed to boycott the conference, sources said. When asked about the boycott, executive director of the NGO Forum on Women, Irene Santiago, said the option was not being discussed. Ms Santiago said a delegation would be in Beijing next week to inspect three alternative sites - Huairou, the Olympic Stadium on the outskirts of Beijing, and the Capital Stadium in the city. 'As of now, what's worrying about Huairou is that there does not seem to be a main area where most activities can take place,' she said. 'We are going there to see and make sure that all the criteria are followed. If Huairou meets all the criteria, so be it,' Ms Santiago said. The criteria includes proximity to the UN conference, accessibility, hotels and all other facilities the forum needs. So far 15,000 women have applied to attend the forum, according to Ms Santiago, and applications are pouring in at an average of 700 a day. Sources said the decision to move was made after premier Li Peng's trip to Copenhagen early last month to attend the UN Social Development Summit. He was greeted by small demonstrations and a number of NGOs who expressed concern over China's human rights record. And Denmark's newspaper Politiken featured a picture of Mr Li on its front page on March 11 above the headline 'Criminals'.