Monday, August 27, 2007
Waiting for the Main Event
This weekend when I walked by Tiananmen Square just after 5pm, many people had gathered around the flagpole. They were waiting for it to be taken down.
We asked what time that would be.
Two hours to wait for a flag to be lowered?
But apparently it's the flag raising ceremony that gets an even bigger audience. People young and old, and those visiting from other parts of the country flock to the square, spending the night and then at the crack of dawn watch the formal procession of soldiers as they put the flag on the flagpole and send it flapping into the wind.
It's considered a small patriotic gesture a Chinese citizen could do.
I have yet to witness this spectacle.... and hope to eventually!