The preparations for the 15th Party Congress have been tough on Beijingers, especially the blitz against drivers. Traffic police have been deployed in overwhelming numbers in an all-out effort to crush the anarchic spirit of the capital's reckless drivers. For weeks, every intersection has been guarded by two or three officials equipped with shiny new motorcycles and a quota to fill. The Beijing Evening News boasted that one day last month police handed out 30,000 tickets in two hours. Within a week, they had fined 220,000 violators and towed away 12,000 vehicles. Newspapers have published photographs of offending vehicles and demanded their owners surrender to the forces of law and order. Even generous bribes seem unable to stop police confiscating drivers' licences until the congress ends next week. The mood is mutinous among a populace which this year has had to clean up the capital following the death of Deng Xiaoping and for the Hong Kong handover. However, the media are claiming all will be overjoyed to greet the thousands of delegates pouring in for the Shiwu Da or 'Big 15', as the congress is dubbed. 'Beijing buzzes with excitement,' China Daily declared. Thousands of security guards, waiters and shop assistants once more have been turned out with mops and brooms to help build spiritual civilisation on the grimy streets. Citizens were mobilised for a week-long campaign to clear rubbish, wash and scrub railings and underpasses, and remove unauthorised posters, signboards and neon lights. Even the trees were spruced up. Police launched a blitz on anything which might offend the delegates - beggars, illegal stalls, vendors and restaurant tables. Ramshackle buildings in alleyways and hutongs have been demolished. Party boss Jia Qinglin has roamed the city urging citizens to ensure stability and guarantee supplies of food, water, electricity, gas and heating. Residents have been subjected to a mind-numbing onslaught of propaganda praising the party's achievements over the past five years. If they miss the good news on the television or radio, or in the newspapers and magazines, they get it via loudspeakers at work. And 'excited crowds' have thronged an exhibition showcasing 'The Five Glorious Years', the Evening News claims. The glorious times are also reflected in the slogans chalked on blackboards at schools and residential blocks, on new street signs and huge red banners hanging on every main thoroughfare, flyover and pedestrian bridge. A giant flower arrangement in Tiananmen Square proclaims: 'All of one heart and one mind.' 'The happy atmosphere is everywhere in Beijing,' the Evening News said.