The only souvenir that Xie Jinghua has from her stay at a Holiday Inn Express located in a vast tourism park alongside the East China Sea is a room key …

Xie and her husband were not alone. Three other people have told CNN they were held against their will at the Holiday Inn Express Nanhuizui – located in Lingang New City on the outskirts of Shanghai – to keep them from airing grievances to the central government during the 10-day annual meeting of China’s legislature in March. The hotel management and owners deny their claims.

Photo Credit: A Holiday Inn hotel along Ghuangzhou Road in Nanjing, China. Zul Mokhtar / Flickr.com