Chinese pay tribute to motherland's birthday

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As the People's Republic of China celebrates its 60th founding anniversary, patterns of the number "60", and the national flag -- the five-star red flag -- can be seen everywhere throughout the country, even on children's heads.

In a barbershop in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Huang Xianlong, 5, smiled at his new hair style comprising four Chinese characters "Guo Qing Kuai Le", which means "Happy National Day".

"I saw people wearing the same haircut on TV, " said Huang's mother. "I think it is a creative way to deliver our best wishes to our motherland."

"This month, we have served more than 100 children who ordered the National Day-themed haircuts," said Wang Qian, manager of the "Qiangzhongqiang" barbershop.

Patterns of the five-star red flags and characters of "Zhong Guo Wan Sui", meaning "Long live China" and "Wo Ai Zhong Guo", meaning "I love China" were among the most popular, Wang said. "As a hairdresser, I am proud of helping convey people's tribute to our motherland."

In east China's Fujian province, Ruan Xiaorong, a 55-year-old photographer, started searching for people in the people who were born on the National Day four months ago.

After traveling 8,000 km, Ruan took pictures of 60 people aged respectively from one to 60, who were not only all born on the National Day which falls on Oct.1, but also named after the day, "Guo Qing".

The pictures, which form a giant number "60", are displayed in the provincial library from Sept. 27 to Oct.2.

Everyone in the pictures put their right hand on their heart, holding the ID card or household register showing their birth date, while saluting the five-star red flag with their eyes.

Each picture is equipped with the figure's life stories. "Through them, visitors can read the 'almanac' of the past 60 years," Ruan said.

Zheng Dongyu, a farmer from north China's Hebei Province, showed his deep affection to the country through a 660-meter-long calligraphy work.

The 80,000-word work, which took 18 months to complete, embodies 11 Chinese ancient masterpieces including "Lun Yu", or "Analects of Confucius" and "Mencius", as well as Chairman Mao's poems.

Zheng also wrote a poem in the work to depict China's dramatic changes in the past six decades, as seen through his eyes.

"My family were once too poor to build its own house," Zheng said. "Thanks to the government's policies on strengthening agriculture and benefiting farmers, we live an easier life now."

Many Chinese movie lovers choose to review the founding of the New China in the cinema. The epic about the founding of New China, "Jian Guo Da Ye", or "The founding of a republic" has been warmly greeted by the market.

As of Wednesday, its overall box office has hit 270 million yuan (39.5 million U.S dollars) since it premiered on Sept. 16.

Han Sanping, the film's chief director and board chairman of the state-owned China Film Group Corporation, revealed he has been making preparations for another epic named "Jian Dang Da Ye", which recounts the history of the Communist Party of China (CPC) since 1917.

Han said the film, to be released in 2011, aims to mark the 90th anniversary of the founding of the CPC.

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