Long March mem­o­ries

Photo ex­hibit of images from along the rout set to be un­veiled

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This year is the 80th an­niver­sary of the end of the LongMarch. In Oc­to­ber 1934, the Red Army started in East China’s Jiangxi prov­ince, a march that cov­ered more than 12,000 kilo­me­ters through the coun­try’s in­te­rior prov­inces. The march by Com­mu­nist soldiers lasted two years. In Oc­to­ber 1936, af­ter es­cap­ing Kuom­intang of­fen­sive; cross­ing the Jin­sha River and the Dadu River; climb­ing snow-capped moun­tains; and walk­ing across grass­lands filled with swamps, the Red Army fi­nally ar­rived in Yan’an, in North­west China’ s Shaanxi prov­ince.

The end of the LongMarch marked a mile­stone for the Com­mu­nist Party of China on its way to build a new­coun­try.

To mark the 80th an­niver­sary of the end of the LongMarch, China Daily, FAW Hongqi, Wink Im­pres­sion (HK) Co Ltd and He­nan Best-char­ac­ter Auto Group or­ga­nized a trip for jour­nal­ists and pho­tog­ra­phers from more than 10 main­stream me­dia out­lets to re­visit the route of the LongMarch.

Pho­tog­ra­phers from Peo­ple’s Daily, Xinhua News Agency, Guang­ming Daily, Economic Daily, China Daily, China News Agency, Work­ers’ Daily, Le­gal Daily and Bei­jing News spent 13 days in some ar­eas of the route taken by the Red Army.

The pho­tog­ra­phers at­tempted to cap­ture the beauty of the coun­try’s re­mote parts. In Jiangxi, Guizhou, Sichuan, Gansu, Shaanxi and the Guangxi Zhuang au­ton­o­mous re­gion, they took pho­tos that recorded peo­ple’s lives along the route af­ter decades of de­vel­op­ment.

An al­bum that con­tains 261 images by 142 pho­tog­ra­phers will be un­veiled by China Daily on Fri­day.

PHOTO BY LIU YANG

Dancers of the National Bal­let of China re­hearse at Pagoda Hill, Yan’an, Shaanxi prov­ince.

PHOTO BY HU JINXI

Mem­bers of the Dong eth­nic group wear tra­di­tional clothes in Rongjiang county, Guizhou prov­ince, as they sing dur­ing a per­for­mance.

PHOTO BY WANG WENLAN

A girl stands in front of the site of the head­quar­ters of a reg­i­ment of the No 25 Red Army in Hongya vil­lage, Longde county, the Ningxia Hui au­ton­o­mous re­gion.

PHOTO BY LI GE

An artist pro­duces en­grav­ings of the Red Army lead­ers in Rui­jin, Jiangxi prov­ince.

PHOTO BY ZHAO QING

A group of el­derly singers af­ter their per­for­mance in Zunyi, Guizhou prov­ince.

PHOTO BY YU WENGUO

Schoolchil­dren at a mu­seum in Zunyi, Guizhou prov­ince.

PHOTO BY ZHAO KANG

A crowd at a mo­tor­cy­cle per­for­mance in Aba pre­fec­ture, Sichuan prov­ince.

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