(Celebration/fireworks n trainning pics)
BEIJING -- China kicked off National Day celebrations Thursday with an old-style communist military parade featuring missiles and tanks and a series of floats touting its new prosperity -- an extravaganza involving hundreds of thousands of performers intended to showcase both its history and its rise as an economic power.
Chinese soldiers from the Army, Navy and Air force march in front of Tiananmen Gate at the start of the military parade to mark the 60th China anniversary in Beijing, China, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009.
The events were the culmination of months of careful planning to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the People's Republic of China, founded when China's civil war ended with a communist victory. Like the opening ceremony of last year's Olympics, it was a precision event with no detail too small to ignore -- even the marching soldiers had been selected to be almost the same height.
Photo taken on Aug. 21, 2009 shows Chinese soldiers take part in the parade training in Beijing, capital of China
grand evening gala to celebrate New China's 60th anniversary is held on Oct. Thursday evening at the Tian'anmen Square. Red, pink, white and orange fireworks shot up into the night sky, lighting up the Tian'anmen Rostrum
Olympic Park Decorated to Celebrate 60th Anniversary of PRC
A huge parterre is seen in front of the National Stadium or "Bird's Nest" in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 24, 2009. The Olympic Park in which the Bird's Nest is located has been decorated to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China which falls on Oct. 1. [Photo: Xinhua]
Pretty guards to be responsible for security checks of the parade people
Parterres lighten Beijing for 60th National Day (shows a giant parterre in the shape of a flying dragon)
Gardeners are busy with setting up a giant sightseeing parterre, at the intersection of business downtown of Dongdan, in Beijing
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