Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China

October 1 this year marks the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. On this date, a grand military parade ceremony will be held in Tiananmen Square. This announcement has attracted a great deal of attention from people of all walks of life both at home and abroad.

Activity Calendar

Evening of September 30
On the evening of September 30 the State Council will hold a grand National Day reception at the Great Hall.

Morning of October 1
On the following morning of October 1, at Tiananmen Square President Hu Jintao will open the proceedings with a speech. A military parade followed by civilian activities and pagentry will ensue.

Evening of October 1

In the evening, singing and dancing events in a celebratory theme are planned. State and party leaders will gather at the gate of Tiananmen for a large fireworks display.

October 1 to 3
On October 1 to 3, National Day activities will be held in major parks and public green areas of all districts and counties in Beijing.

Mid-October
In mid-October, the Beijing Exhibition Center will hold the The People's Republic of China 60th Anniversary Exhibition.

 


 

Events in Shanghai

October 5
Rose Wedding Formalities, Ryan Plaza, Xintiandi

October 2 - October 6
Eco-sculpture & Creative Week, Oriental Land

October 1 - October 3

The 12th Shanghai Tourism Kite Festival & International Invitational Tournament, Haiwan Town, Fengxian

October 1 - October 8
Fashion Carnival, Fuxing Park, Yandang Rd, Yanzhong Open Space and aquares on Huaihai Rd

October 1 - October 7
Forest Festival, Shanghai Gongqing Forest Park

October 1 - October 3
Mid-autumn Garden Party, Guilin Park

September 30 - October 6
International Music and Fireworks Festival, Century Park

September 29 - October 8 Zhujiajiao Tourism Festival, Qingpu District

 


 

National Day Parade

 

October 1 this year marks the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China (PRC). On this date, a grand military parade ceremony will be held in Tiananmen Square. This announcement has attracted a great deal of attention from people of all walks of life both at home and abroad.

 

The military parade is a review of a country's armed forces and the parade’s history is quite long. Far back in the B.C. times, ancient civilizations such as Egypt, Persia and Rome were already holding military parades. In China, the military parade dates back to over 4,000 years ago when Da Yu successfully controlled the floods; "He summoned all vassals to the Tu Mountain and many arrived presenting jade and silk representing peace." They came one after another to show loyalty of alliance, forming a spectacular scene. The military parade held by Da Yu not only aimed to celebrate the end of the flood, but also to inspire confidence and consolidate his authority.

 

Generally speaking, countries often hold military parades for national celebrations nowadays. A parade typically includes two parts: a review by the leaders and a march-past. The review means leaders or distinguished guests inspect the troops when passing in front of the divisions in a vehicle, on horseback or on foot accompanied by the parade commander. The march-past means the inspected troops march in front of the review stand to accept the review by leaders or distinguished guests. Since the foundation of New China, 13 National Day military parades have been held in total up to now, displaying the profound achievements accomplished in the construction of the PLA and showcasing the new spirits of the PLA military officers and soldiers. The parades play an important role in displaying the strength and prestige of the PRC and the PLA, rousing national spirits, inspiring patriotic enthusiasm and uniting the will of the Chinese people.