Happy National Day, China

Today is the start of a week’s holiday in China to celebrate 60 years of the People’s Republic of China and the Autumn Festival, collectively known as Golden Week. Expect fireworks. Expect parades. And expect to eat moon cakes.

For those in China, you’ll hear many people saying “Guó qìng jié kuai le” which pretty much means have a happy national holiday day. Be sure to say it back if someone says it to you. There seems to be a lot of happy faces around this week – mostly because many have the week off and get to hang out with their family and friends. People we talk to are also nationalistic and very proud of where China is in the world right now.

For us, we decided to catch the fireworks which kicked off in Century Park last night. I’ve heard there will be fireworks on the 3rd and the 6th of October as well. Tickets to get into the park are 200RMB but if you stand outside the gate of Century Park you can easily see the same view.

More from Golden week later. Happy Birthday China.

Update:To see the whole parade see the video on YouKu here. Also, here are some fantastic photos on Flickr by Shian Chen:

Update #2:Here’s a nice time-lapse of the video from the UK’s Gaurdian:

China’s 60th Anniversary national day – timelapse and slow motion – 7D and 5DmkII from Dan Chung on Vimeo.

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