CPC's 90th founding anniversary marked with celebration activities in China

10:03, July 02, 2011      

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Chinese people all over the country are joining various activities in celebration of the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC).

More than 30,000 people gathered in Beijing's Tian'anmen Square for a flag-raising ceremony early Friday morning.

At 4:48 a.m., the country's flag was hoisted, with the entire crowd joining in a vocal rendition of the national anthem.

Tibetan students and children who sustained permanent injuries in the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake were present at the ceremony.

"People in Sichuan (Province) have regained their confidence in the three years since the devastating Wenchuan earthquake. We have received great support from the CPC and our motherland," said Zhang Wei, the leader of a group of 30 disabled children attending the ceremony.

"We got up at 1 a.m. to attend the ceremony," said Padma Yangzom, a primary school student from Nedong County in northwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region.

Gyezang, a teacher leading the group of Tibetan students, said it was the first time for the students to watch the flag-raising ceremony at Tian'anmen Square, adding that they were "very excited."

"The CPC has encountered some hardships over the past 90 years. I hope that under the leadership of the CPC, our country will continue to become greater," Gyezang said.

Aside from Beijing, people in other provinces and cities in China also participated in the activities celebrating the event.

In north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, a CPC-themed calligraphy and painting exhibition was held in its capital city Hohhot. More than 120 works were exhibited, showcasing the recent history of the region.

Minlanshengli, a local resident of Hohhot, said the exhibition vividly recorded the history of the region. "I have a better understanding of my hometown under the leadership with CPC, and I'm so proud to have been born and grown up here," he said.

In Heilongjiang neighboring Inner Mongolia, a "red song" contest kicked off Friday in countryside of the province. Farmers sang revolutionary songs to express their love for the motherland. The event will continue till National Day on October 1.

In Shanghai, where the CPC was founded in 1921, the site of the First National Congress of China at Xingye Road attracted not only Chinese but also foreigners.

Maria Femanda, a tourist from Mexico, said she had learned a lot about the history of the CPC.

"I'm impressed by the wax statues that portray the meeting scene 90 years ago," Femanda said.

Shanghai also launched two red trains painted with China's national flag and the CPC emblem, attracting numerous passengers. About 100 historical photos were hung in the carriages, illustrating the history of the CPC.

Source: Xinhua

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