Parade Preparations

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This October 1st will be the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China ("liberation" as it's affectionately known as here in China.) To celebrate, the government is having an old-school parade down Chang An Avenue (the big road that runs between Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City), complete with floats, tanks, soldiers, missiles, and aircraft flyovers. Nothing beats seeing tanks cruising the streets of Beijing.

The media here has been showing a lot of photos of the massive preparations for the event. I thought they were pretty cool and worth sharing.

They want nice straight lines and tall soldiers like this. (Actually, I think these are the armed police, not the army, but whatever.)
A very neat row of Chinese soldiers marching.

So, they use string to make sure everyone is lined up at the right height. (I'm sure this guy will be in trouble for smiling, but it's a great photo.)
A row of soldiers faces with a string in front of them, just above their guns. One soldier is smiling. 

A few pins in the right places to make sure everyone stands up straight.
A closeup shot of the neck of one soldier, with sewing pins pushed up through his collar right up next to his neck, tips up.

They're marching so much, their battered boots are taking a beating.
Close-up a soldier's boot as he's marching. The sole is falling off.

The female soldiers get much cooler looking boots.
A line of female soldiers in blue jackets and skirts with white go-go boots.

For more pictures, check out these galleries here and here.

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SoyBoySigh Reply

Thanks for the cool pix - and the laugh too: "nothing beats seeing tanks cruising the streets of Beijing" - I did a double take at THAT one! Ha-ha!

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