National Day of The People's Republic of China & Golden Week

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National Day (Chinese: 国庆节; pinyin: guóqìng jié), officially the National Day of the People’s Republic of China, is celebrated annually on October 1 as a public holiday in the People’s Republic of China commemorating the establishment of the People’s Republic of China on October 1, 1949 during the later years of the Chinese Civil War and the Kuomintang retreat to Taiwan.

Although it is observed on October 1, another six days are added to the official holiday, normally in lieu of the two weekend breaks around October 1, making it practically a public holiday comprising seven consecutive days also known as Golden Week (黄金周; huángjīn zhōu) with specifics regulated by the State Council. Festivities and concerts are usually held nationwide on this day, with a grand military parade and mass pageant event held on select years. As of October 2019, the last parade was held on the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China in 2019. Read more on the its Wikipedia page.

ChineseClass101.com– National Day Explained

Everyday Chinese – Slow Reading Story

South China Morning Post – Protests in Hong Kong

South China Morning Post – Many Travel Abroad

CGTV – Rush Travel Terrifying

Wall St Journal

Wall Street Journal – Golden Week Numbers

NewChinaTV – 70th Celebration – 3 hrs. 12 min.

RT – Music & Fireworks Display

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