China holds great gala to mark centenary of ruling CPC’s founding

China staged a major “Great Journey” performance to celebrate 100 years since the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in Beijing.

The ruling party and state leaders led by President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang, NPC Chair Li Zhanshu, CPCC Chair Wang Yang, Wang Huning (Politburo Standing Committee), Zhao Leji (Politburo Standing Committee), Han Zheng (Vice Premier), and Wang Qishan (Vice President) joined about 20,000 spectators to watch the performance.

Xi and other senior government officials walked onto the rostrum, waving at the people amid applause and cheers.

Fireworks filled the sky, displaying the number “100” in the sky above the National Stadium. On the giant screens, the golden Party emblem shined against the red curtain in gilded fonts with “1921” and “2021” written on both sides.

The performance was divided into four chapters vividly showing the picture of the CPC leadership of the Chinese people to embark on a revolution, construction, and reform, as well as move forward onto the new journey of fully building a modern socialist country.

Blending various art forms such as song, dance, traditional Chinese opera, drama, and live band, the show featured a number of large-scale performances, which depict key figures, critical events, and moments in the past century and mark the tremendous changes and great achievements of the nation.

Some key events were also displayed in the performance, including China’s economic opening-up following the third plenary session of the 11th CPC Central Committee in 1978, the return of Hong Kong and Macao to the motherland, the victory of the Chinese people against SARS, and massive earthquakes, the successful hosting of Beijing Olympic Games and Shanghai Expo, and the first Chinese space mission carrying a three-person crew.

It also showed how the CPC leads the Chinese people to get rid of extreme poverty. A symphony performed during the show recalls how the Chinese people were mobilized and united around the Party to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

At the end of the performance, the audience stood up and sang “Without CPC, there would be no New China”, in a long ovation.

Carrie Lam and Ho Iat Seng, chief executives of the Hong Kong and Macao SARs, also watched the performance.

As the July 1 grand celebration approaches, the festive atmosphere in Beijing has become more palpable in recent days.

From June 28 to July 4, the city’s landscape lighting facilities will be opened in accordance with major festival standards, with red lanterns and gorgeous light shows making the Chinese capital city more charming at night.

  

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