National Day of the People’s Republic of China
OCTOBER 1 is the anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, and is celebrated as the National Holiday all over China.
On this day back in 1949, the Chinese people, under the leadership of Communist Party of China, declared victory in War of Liberation. A grand ceremony was held at Tiananmen Square. At the ceremony, Mao Zedong, chairman of the Central People’s Government, solemnly declared the founding of People’s Republic of China, and raised the first national flag of China in person. 300,000 soldiers and people gathered at the square for the grand parade and celebration procession.
National Day Flower Bed: The National Day Flower Bed festival is found in the main squares of many cities during the National Day. The Flower Bed in Tiananmen Square is, of course, the grandest and most beautiful. This year, stretching 50m in diameter and 3m high, the flower arrangements in Tiananmen Square are supposed to signify the country’s prosperity and peace. Hundreds of thousands of flower pots have been carefully arranged to wow tourists and residents and to fill Beijing with festive ambience.
Hanging red Chinese lanterns: During the National Day, red lanterns are seen everywhere, especially hanging at the gates of government office buildings as well as all kinds of stores and shops. The red lantern is a symbol of festivity, luck and happiness.
National Day fireworks: Fireworks displays are usually held nationwide in all cities during the National Day.
Golden Week: In recent years, the Chinese Government extended the National Day Holiday to one week’s time, which was called the Golden Week. It is intended to help expand the domestic tourism market and allow people time to make longdistance family visits. This is a period of greatly heightened travel activity. The other Golden Week is the Chinese New Year.