Chinese National Day: 60 Years of Communist Rule

Posted by Charlie @ Discovering Mandarin Thursday, 1 October 2009
恭喜!恭喜!! 今天庆祝国庆!
gōngxǐ! gōngxǐ!! jīntiān qìngzhù guóqìng!
Congratulations! Celebrate Chinese National Day Today!

Whilst I was going to write a piece about the huge Chinese National Day parade today, I thought I would link to some other great references that have much better pictures and stories than I do. As it is the largest and biggest parade in the history of well... ever. I think I will let the bigger publications have their time with this one.

One question I have heard a lot from my friends is why celebrate 60 years?
60 is a big number for the Chinese to celebrate because of the 12 year cycles of the Chinese Zodiac. 60 Years marks 5 cycles of the entire zodiac.

Probably the best video of the day here from Dan Chung on vimeo

Also there some amazing Hi Resolution photos here I don't dare take them but well worth a look at the vivid colours, and amazing angles achieved.

Front of todays Chinese Newspapers commereating and celebrating National Day. Worth a look!!!

Photo of a reserve squad marching from CCTV:

Great pictures of the four month long training for the National Day Parade from China SMACK

British Media's coverage of China's National Day : Telegraph, Times Online, BBC, Guardian, Daily Mail,

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Interesting Graphic View of China's Improvements in the last 60 years.

A nice video showing some of the procession in what looks like a news report. This is just one of a plethora of online videos (especially on youtube) of todays events.

Some more excellent photos of the 60th Anniversary here.

A moving story from an 85 year old Chinese woman about her experiences of China.

Controversy surrounding the Empire State building turning on Red and Yellow lights for Chinese National Day.

A great report of Chinese National Day and supporting gallery

Some great photos of the firework displays in and around Beijingfoe National Day 2009.

A lovely video of some of the fireworks Celebrating Chinese National Day 2009

A really interesting take on why China didnt have anything to celerbrate.

More to follow.

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  1. Anonymous Says:
  2. Some more excellents photos of the 60th Anniversary's Military Parade

  3. Wow, those ones are really great. thank you.



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