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Tian’anmen Square opens to the public after grand ceremony, attracting young visitors
Published: Jul 04, 2021 07:13 PM
A child waves a flag of the CPC at Tian'anmen Square on Saturday. Photo: IC

A child waves a flag of the CPC at Tian'anmen Square on Saturday. Photo: IC


After the remarkable centennial ceremony of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in Beijing on Thursday, Tian'anmen Square opened to the public with the distinguished decorations themed around the CPC ceremony, attracting countless tourists over the weekend, including many young people, who visited to make a record of the special time.

The decorations for the grand gathering celebrating the centenary of the CPC will remain until July 15. As soon as the area was opened on early Saturday morning, a large number of visitors flocked into Tian'anmen Square.

A 15-meter-tall golden emblem of the Party, emblazoned with the year "1921" and "2021," is the most eye-catching decoration on the square. People gathered in front of it to take photos.

Among the tourists were many who wore clothes and caps with elements of the CPC centenary, taking selfies with their friends or families.

"I watched the live broadcast of the celebration ceremony on TV on July 1, and I was very excited. Today I want to visit the square and take a photo with the party emblem," a visitor was quoted by the Beijing Youth Daily as saying.

Some students in academic gowns and holding graduation certificates came to the square to take photos, a way to better record the important moment in their lives.

Many parents brought their children to experience the festive mood and create wonderful memories. 

Also in the square, seniors were proudly wearing emblems showcasing their membership to the CPC for more than 50 years. Some of them were veterans who participated in wars and battles safeguarding the country, the Global Times learned.

"The old China was totally a dark image in my head. Today, our lives have undergone earth-shaking changes. We have stood up, become rich, and become stronger. In the future, our Party and country will be better and stronger," said Huang Guoyi, an 83-year-old CPC member who has been in the Party for 62 years.

"As a young man, I am fortunate to witness the great achievements of the CPC's first 100 years. I hope to make contributions to the second as well," Zhen Lihai, a Beijing resident who visited the square on Saturday, told the Global Times. "I hope more young people would join the Party, which is an honor and a responsibility."

Tourists crowded at  Tian'anmen Square on Saturday. The square is bedecked with flowers and decorations to mark the centenary of the CPC. Photo: Li Hao/GT

Tourists crowded at Tian'anmen Square on Saturday. The square is bedecked with flowers and decorations to mark the centenary of the CPC. Photo: Li Hao/GT

Four children in red pose in front of the Tian'anmen Rostrum on Saturday. Photo: Li Hao/GT

Four children in red pose in front of the Tian'anmen Rostrum on Saturday. Photo: Li Hao/GT

Two men have a photo taken in front of the Tian'anmen Rostrum wearing emblems showcasing their membership to the CPC for more than 50 years. Photo: Li Hao/GT

Two men have a photo taken in front of the Tian'anmen Rostrum wearing emblems showcasing their membership to the CPC for more than 50 years. Photo: Li Hao/GT

Some students in academic gowns take a group photo at the Tian'anmen Square on Saturday.Photo: IC

Some students in academic gowns take a group photo at the Tian'anmen Square on Saturday.Photo: IC

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