National Day of China

THE FIRST OF October marks the National Day of the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

We were in Hong Kong when China celebrated its 60th anniversary of the founding of the PRC in 2009. It was held on a grand scale across China as well as on the island. Besides the customary flag-raising ceremony held at the Golden Bauhinia Square, there was also a display of fireworks at night at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, HKCEC.

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(Top) The ceremony underway at the Golden Bauhinia Square, HK ; (Bottom) After the flag-raising ceremony, guests adjourned to the Grand Hall, HKCEC for a reception. (1 Oct 2009)

(Top) The ceremony underway at the Golden Bauhinia Square, HK ; (Bottom) After the flag-raising ceremony, guests adjourned to the Grand Hall, HKCEC for a reception. (1 Oct 2009)

View of HK Island taken from the Grand Hall, HKCEC. (1 Oct 2009)

View of HK Island taken from the Grand Hall, HKCEC. (1 Oct 2009)

Not to miss out, the kids followed the news coverage at home – on TV and in the newspaper. (1 Oct 2009)

Not to miss out, the kids followed the news coverage at home – on TV and in the newspaper. (1 Oct 2009)

TV news coverage of China’s 60th Anniversary celebrations in Beijing which took place in Tiananmen Square, attended by then-Chinese President Hu Jintao and his predecessor Jiang Zemin.

TV news coverage of China’s 60th Anniversary celebrations in Beijing which took place in Tiananmen Square, attended by then-Chinese President Hu Jintao and his predecessor Jiang Zemin. (1 Oct 2009)

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At the National Day Fireworks Display Dinner in celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, held at the Grand Hall, HKCEC. (1 Oct 2009)

At the National Day Fireworks Display Dinner in celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China, held at the Grand Hall, HKCEC. (1 Oct 2009)

The following October we attended our final flag-raising ceremony… same venue, same routine, same friendly faces.

Besides the guys being colleagues, this group shares another common thing… while one is Russian, the rest have been based in the Russian capital before; with friends Rebeka and Daravan. (1 Oct 2010)

(L) Besides the guys being colleagues, this group shares another common thing… while one is Russian, the rest have been based in the Russian capital before; (R) With friends Rebeka and Daravan. (1 Oct 2010)

Another view of HK Island taken from the Grand Hall, HKCEC. (1 Oct 2010)

Another view of HK Island taken from the Grand Hall, HKCEC. (1 Oct 2010)

Related post: The Establishment of Hong Kong SAR (link)

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