56 Columns Leave the Tian'anmen Square

09:03, December 03, 2009      

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Fifty-six columns are removed early Thursday morning, December 3, 2009. (CFP Photo)

Fifty-six columns, erected on the Tian'anmen Square during this year's celebration of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, were removed early Thursday morning, December 3, 2009.

The columns of Chinese red and golden patterns were installed along both sides of the Tian'anmen Square to symbolize the unity of China's 56 ethnic groups. Each column stands at a height of 13 meters and weighs 26 tons, depicting the vivid figures of each ethnic group's people in festival costumes.

The fate of those columns has been the subject of much debate. Some said they show the fact that China has been a united multi-ethnic state founded jointly by the people of all its ethnic groups so they should be kept permanently on the square. Some argued that they don't look harmonious with the square's whole tone.

A previous Xinhua report said that the columns would be moved to Beijing Olympic Park near the National Stadium and National Aquatics Center. The latest report by China News Agency said those columns would be "moved back to a company and protected properly before a new location is chosen for them."

Source: China Daily
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