60 is a big birthday to celebrate, that’s why there’s a massive celebration with military and biggest-ever parade held in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square on this National Day, showcasing great achievements of the past 60 years of the People’s Republic of China in various sectors of the society and economy.
Against a background of clear sky performed by an intensive cloud-seeding operation days earlier, a grand flag-raising ceremony among 60 cannon firing and marches past down red carpet are set in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the great country.
While 169 marching steps marks the history of 1840-2009, that from the founding of the PRC ended China’s history of being humiliated by outside forces, to the country now is emerging as a major political and economic power on the international stage, for the first time in a decade, China defense forces comprised of latest armored vehicles, ballistic missiles and jets that all produced domestically are on show in front of the world.
President Hu reviewed thousands of troops and hundreds of camouflaged tanks and missiles and other modern weaponry, saluting ranks of soldiers while riding in a black open-roof Red Flag limousine. Following the civilian pageant were 43,000 people from all walks of life and 19 floats, featuring China’s achievements ranging from agriculture, industry to democracy, space program, education, science and sports. Then a total of 8,500 marchers and 34 floats filed along Chang’an Avenue, featuring the accomplishments and unique character of 31 mainland regions and Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan.
Ever since the proclamation by Mao declared ’the Chinese people since now have stood up’, China has been gearing toward modernization as the world’s third-largest economy today. Certainly, the two and a half hours festivities stoke a strong sense of national pride and it is indeed a proud moment for all of us.