Li Changchun, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, paid a visit to the display of the "red flag canal spirit" in BeijingThursday afternoon.
The red flag canal is a large irrigation project constructed inthe 1960s by the people of Linzhou, central China's Henan Province,after ten years' efforts.
Measuring 1,500 kilometers along the steeps of the Taihang Mountains, it is considered a miracle in China's architectural history.
The display of the "red flag canal spirit" reproduces the courage and toughness of the builders through a number of picturesand objects.
Accompanied by Liu Yunshan, head of the Publicity Department ofthe CPC Central Committee, Li carefully watched the exhibits and listened to the commentary.
Li said the "red flag canal spirit" featuring self-reliance, hard work, solidarity and cooperation, and unselfish devotion, is the vivid incarnation of Chinese characters and is the precious spiritual treasure of the country.
The spirit is still of great importance today when China's is building a well-off society in an all-round way, said the official.
China is now at the primary stage of socialism, and the socialist modernization will only be achieved after arduous efforts of many generations.
Li said the "red flag canal spirit" should be closely combined with today's situation, so that it will become a strong spiritual power to encourage cadres and the public in the socialist construction.
Li said the display was very meaningful, adding that it is an effective way to educate the people, especially the youth.
More high school and college students should be organized to visit the display so as to remember and pass on the precious spirit, said Li.