China Day October 1st


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China Day celebrates the formation of Communist China on October 1st 1949.

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On October 1st in 1949 the Chinese people, under the leadership of the Communist Party of China, declared victory in the War of Liberation against the Nationalist forces of Chiang Kai Shek.

The grand ceremony for the founding of People's Republic of China [PRC] was held on this day in Tiananmen Square in Beijing. Mao Zedong, Chairman of the Central People's Government, solemnly declared the founding of PRC at the ceremony and raised the first national flag of China himself. 300,000 soldiers and people gathered on the square for the grand parade and procession.

The Chinese Love Lanterns

During China's 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. See also the Chinese New Year Lantern Festival.

National Day is celebrated throughout mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau with a variety of festivities, including fireworks and concerts, such as The Hong Kong National Day Fireworks Display, The Music Spectacular Water Cube Concert and The Shanghai National Day Concert.  Would you like to see the beautiful lanterns on China Day Oct 1st? Look for cheap travel deals now so you don't miss it!


The China Day Parade

The 'China Daily', the English speaking Chinese newspaper, has informed Will and Guy that this year's celebrations [2010] include a parade on October 1st showcasing China's achievements in bolstering its military power; a celebration with the dual intent of proving China's "resolution to safeguard world and regional peace and stability." China National Day Parade

The pageant, which will include around 200,000 citizens and 60 floats, is centered around the humorously literal theme "Motherland and I Marching Together". Finally, on National Day Evening, a gala will be held in Tiananmen Square, featuring party cadres, senior government officials, and fireworks all on display.

Beijing officials have also prepared a massive outdoor musical entitled "Road to Revival," featuring a cast of nearly 3,200 people. We have learned that it will depict the past 169 years of Chinese history from the Opium War to the present.  An exciting and memorable occasion is being planned we think and one which indicates the improvement in China's economy in recent years.

The National Symbols of China

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China National Day Symbols


Interesting and Informative China Trivia and Facts

  • The flag of People's Republic of China was adopted in 1949, its red colour symbolises the spirit of the revolution and the five stars signify the unity of the people of China under the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party
  • National Emblem of the People's Republic of China: adopted in 1950, the Tiananmen is the symbol of modern China.
  • The cogwheel and the ears of grain represent the working class and the peasantry respectively and the five stars symbolize the solidarity of the various nationalities of China.
  • The National Anthem of the Republic of China, composed in 1935 and originally known as the March of the Volunteers, describes the wrath of the Chinese people against imperialist aggression and their determination to protect their motherland against invaders.
  • National Colour: Red and Yellow as seen in the Chinese flag and emblem are its national colours.
  • National Animal: The Giant Panda is the national animal of China.
  • The Chinese Dragon is the symbol of China's feudal monarchy. The dragon is based on a 7,000-year-old Chinese legend, and has a horse's head, a snake's body and chicken's claws. It represented the emperor's power during the years of China's feudal system and it is also a sign of auspiciousness and wealth among the people.
  • National Song: "The East is Red" is a song that was actually the anthem of the People's Republic of China during the Cultural Revolution in the 1960s. The lyrics of the song were attributed to Li Youyuan, a farmer from northern Shaanxi, and the melody has its origins in a local folk song.
  • National Fruit: 'Actinidia deliciosa' is native to southern China, where it is stated as the "National Fruit" of the People's Republic of China.  Most of us in the West would know it as the kiwifruit. China National Day Parade
  • National Language: Standard Chinese or Mandarin [Putonghua, based on the Beijing dialect] is used by the Chinese people besides other minority languages.
  • National Sport: Table Tennis is the national sport of China.  Ping Pang Qiu is its official name.
  • Nationalized Patriotic Symbols: The Great Wall of China is the pride of the Chinese people. It was built between 5th and 17th century BC to protect the northern borders of the Chinese Empire during the rule of successive dynasties.  The Great Wall is the world's longest man-made structure.
  • National Costume: Also known as national dress, regional costume or folk dress. National Costume is the expression of a nation's geographical, cultural and political identity through costume; the Cheongsam and the Qipao.
  • The name "cheongsam," 中山 zhōngshān meaning simply "long dress," entered the English vocabulary from the dialect of China's Guangdong Province [Cantonese].  In other parts of the country including Beijing, however, it is known as "qipao" 旗袍 qípáo.
  • National Flower: China does not have an "official" national flower, but the tree peony can be regarded as a national favourite.  The peony was voted to the top in a study conducted in 1994 in every corner of China asking people to select a National Flower.

Three Chinese Proverbs

  1. A conversation with a wise person is worth of ten years' study of books.
  2. Visiting monks give better sermons.
  3. A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.

See more Chinese proverbs and jokes.


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