Monday, November 09, 2009

60th Anniversary? Or 20th?

Several important anniversaries took place in China this year, depending on who you talk to.  The second of these, on October 1st, was the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.  While the fanfare in Beijing nearly rivaled that of last year's Olympics (my favorite part is this clip is the smiling ethnic minority children enthusiastically waving), I had the distinct pleasure of spending the days leading up to the holiday in the countryside.  Since a picture (or, in this case, a video) is worth a thousand words, I'll give you a little taste of my experience.  I honestly felt like I had stepped in a time machine and traveled back to 1969 to celebrate the 20th anniversary, complete with several renditions of the most popular of Chinese Communist anthems, 东方红

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