Amid contingents of national paraders on the imposing Tiananmen Square in downtown Beijing on October 1, there will be 60 moving color floats, which are unique in shape, splendid and charming with intriguing, profound implications. These floats would display splendid attainments new China has scored over the past six decades, the motherland's beautiful panoramic landscape, the diligent and hardworking Chinese people and their harmonious life.
People's Daily reporters on September 13 inspected a float manufacturing and displaying "village" at the Chaoyang Sports Center in eastern Beijing, where designers, manufacturers and performers all voiced the aspiration to exert their utmost to present their magnificent feat for the 60th birthday of new China.
The float-making process is a very complex project, involving such links as the theme defining, the overall planning and artistic performance that require much coordination from different departments. As a matter of fact, 60 parade floats are vivid in 60 distinct themes, and the tough issue is not only to exhibit great achievements but to give expression to their unique styles. Though the time-limit for the project is short, the task heavy and responsibilities great and arduous, people involved have a very strong sense of mission and honor.
The mission of making color floats, which started in south China's Guangdong province in early June, was completed on August 15. These gaudy floats arrived in the national capital on August 22 riding on four huge trailers after covering a journey of 2,300 kilometers. Afterwards, additional 10 days were spent to assemble them before undergoing acceptance testing.
Liang Hui, a provincial tourism official in Guangdong province, said his float-making team was joined by some 1,000 people from the cultural, public security and quality control bureaus in addition to the provincial tourism department.
"Parade floats represent the image of Guangdong, and so the 'Guangdong spirit' should be displayed and evidenced in their making," he noted. At the float assembly site, PD reporters have witnessed the vehicle body re-assembling, the engine installation and varied decorations as well as the overlapped work done by various construction units. In order to ensure smooth technological process, the Beijing Float Command raised very rigid date-time schedule.
"Success belongs to the entire Chinese team, and joy should be shared by all." This is a very popular slogan reporters are most acquainted with. After every drill and test-run, people will go on improving in line with requirements raised by designers and the units responsible for the project," acknowledged Liu Feng, an official in charge of Tibetan float-making site.
Wang Haitao has in his team a total of 20 parade float drivers, who have been selected from among employees of the Haitian West No.2 "High-tech" Building Materials Town. Parade drivers usually sit inside the vehicle bottom with a distance of merely half a meter to the ground amid heavy noises and scorching, suffocating heat. So, Wang's men would toil with painstaking efforts on the incoming national day.
"Participation makes people very excited about what they are doing and contributions will fill them with great pride." On October 1, 60 such gaudy flats, laden with both joy and aspirations will move past the "floral ocean" on the magnificent Tiananmen Square and into the profound, enduring memory of the People's Republic.
By People's Daily Online and contributed by Yan Xiaoming, Wan Xiubin, Zhu Jun and other PD reporters.