China had been the People’s Republic of China for 60 years now since the Communist Party came to power, and they celebrated October 1 with massive parades and displays.
The parades and events are amazing, and this video is stunningly shot, a great example of multimedia event coverage: Timelapse of in Tiananmen Square. This video of a re-enactment is from the same photographer – Re-enacting the making of Mao’s China – and here is background information on the techniques used – Here.
Photo links: Slideshow from Life
Links to coverage at The Gaurdian, ABC News, and Reuters:
Coverage from China Post (self-described as Taiwan’s leading English-language newspaper in daily readership and editorial content): China’s 60th anniversary stirs pride, also unease
Communist China marks 60th year
North Korea’s Kim Jong-il and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao watch the parades: Celebrations Mark China Visit
Art & Politics in China: Audio Slideshow
Great facts and statistics on Chinese demography including categories on population, wealth, military, and food: China: 60 years in facts and figures
Looking forward: a great survey page of individual Chinese and their thoughts on the future – Where will China be in 60 years?
For an introduction to the changes going on in China’s economy, I recommend Ted Koppel’s Discovery documentary (behind-the-scenes slideshow here and LA Times coverage of the series here).