Patriotic sculpture outside Mao’s mausoleum in Tian’anmen Square.
Oct 1 is National Day in China, the start of a seven day “Golden Week” celebration that sends millions of Chinese on visits to their families or on vacation to top domestic destinations, such as Beijing.
It was here, in the capital city, that the People’s Republic was declared on Oct 1, 1949.
Public areas throughout the country, from the monumental such as Tian’anmen, to the mundane are decorated with flags and festive themes.
Tian’anmen Square and other top tourist draws in Beijing will be crammed with tourists, as many Chinese families from the provinces take this time to show their kids significant sights from history. It’s akin to American parents taking their kids to Washington for the Fourth of July.