China celebrates 60th Grand Anniversary

National Day Parade in Beijing

National Day Parade in Beijing

October 1st is the National Day of the People’s Republic of China. This year of 2009 marks its 60th Anniversary.

This year’s celebration is exceptionally grand. In the day, a march parade is held at the Tian’anmen Square in Beijing. The displays of the country’s latest military vehicles and the well synchronized march of bright and smartly uniformed soldiers are spectacular.

Chinese Army naval officers march pass Tiananmen Square

Chinese Army naval officers march pass Tiananmen Square

Female members of a Chinese militia march in formation

Female members of a Chinese militia march in formation

The march included 52 types of new weapon systems designed and built by China’s own engineers, 56 military groups consisting of 8000 servicemen and women, nearly 500 tanks, missiles and other military vehicles and 151 war planes.

Planes leaving a colorful trail in the skies above the parade

Planes leaving a colorful trail in the skies above the parade

At night, Tian’anmen Square becomes an even more lively and colorful stage with the National Day Evening Gala. Huge fanciful formations are created by thousands of performers in creative and traditional costumes. Themes displayed in the gala performance include prosperity, ethic diversity and unity. The colorfully costumed performers danced and sang in celebration of their nation’s grand anniversary.

Parade Formations displayed by Gala performers

Parade Formations displayed by Gala performers

Performers in their traditional ethic costumes brighten up the square

Performers in their traditional ethic costumes brighten up the square

The fireworks display in this year’s National Day gala is the most varied and breathtaking one. Golden dragon fireworks rose above the Tian’anmen Square over 60,000 spectators as they cheered under the fireworks lit skies. 60 Birthday candle-shaped fireworks rose in the night skies representing the 60 years of the People’s Republic. Red, pink, white and orange firework displays filled the skies of Beijing for 33 minutes long.

Magnificent fireworks display lit up Tian'anmen Square, Beijing

Magnificent fireworks display lit up Tian'anmen Square, Beijing

Following the fireworks is a performance called the “light cube” (named in comparison with the famous Olympic architecture, the “Water Cube”). The light cube performance showcased the 60 years of China since 1949 when the People’s Republic of China was founded. Leading to the firework finale, an exploding curtain of fireworks (of 90 metres wide and 25 metres high) was ignited to create an imagery of sun, river, waterfall and mountains, in representation of China’s vast lands.

China's 60th Anniversary Celebrations

China's 60th Anniversary Celebrations






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