A total of more than 30,000 participants, including leaders from tourism authorities and other ministries and commissions under the central government, the public from all walks of life and university students, took part in “2014 New Year’s Day National Flag Raising Ceremony at Tian’anmen Square Viewing Stand”, a grand public event organized by Beijing Municipal Tourism Commission and Tian’anmen Management Committee on January 1, 2014. Deputy Director of Beijing Municipal Tourism Commission Song Yu, as well as committee members Zou Weinan and Zhao Guangchao attended the mass patriotic gathering.
Unveiled at 7:36 am, amid grand and solemn air as well as the upbeat tone of National Anthem of the People’s Republic of China, the ceremony saw the Five-starred Red Flag ascending high above Tian’anmen Square together with the sun rising from the east. Ten thousand doves in token of peace and bliss were set free to the above heaven, conveying far and wide the festival greetings from the capital city. After the ceremony, some participants mounted to the Tian’anmen Gate Tower, to embrace the first rays of morning sun in the first day of New Year.
To watch National Flag Raising Ceremony held in Tian’anmen Square has traditionally been a favorite tourism highlight for people traveling from every part of the nation and world. The ceremony has turned out to be one beautiful and holy scenery staged in the heart of the nation daily, expressing the deep love and sincere bless all Chinese people have for their motherland.
This grand mass gathering, which is part of concrete efforts to “diversify tourism resources in Beijing” so as to further promote its tourism sector as advocated by Beijing Municipal Government, helps bring the best out of valuable resources unique in Beijing and demonstrate the opening image of the capital city. The meaningful social event of witnessing national flag raised at the special venue in the very day of the New Year is also the most engaging activity for patriotism education, and one of the best channels to promote “Beijing Spirit”.