National Day of the People'S Republic of China

Bill for National Day fireworks show doubles

Spending on this year's National Day harbour fireworks display will be double that of last year because of the rising costs of manufacturing and raw materials.

Tuesday, 20 September, 2011, 12:00am

Informal and catchy greeting for Hu sparks reaction from bloggers

The mainland's vibrant internet community is buzzing over the catchy greeting to President Hu Jintao displayed during the opening ceremony of the World Expo.

The greeting Hu ge hao (hello brother Hu), was projected on a screen-surfaced steel structure in Expo Park, against the backdrop of the Culture Centre, where Hu and other world leaders watched the opening gala.

2 May 2010 - 12:00am

Hotel puts opening celebrations on hold

Encore at Wynn Macau has cancelled celebrations for its grand opening tonight in deference to the national day of mourning for the victims of the Qinghai earthquake. The 10-minute fireworks display over Macau's Nam Van lakes has been postponed until tomorrow night, with other celebrations to be announced later, the company said yesterday.

21 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Sea of people as visitors flock to Tiananmen

Tiananmen Square yesterday was again swamped by a tidal wave of tourists keen to see the square where authorities marked the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic with massive celebrations and parades on October 1.

5 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Military parade and mass pageant to highlight 60th anniversary celebrations

From Tiananmen Square to its major parks, Beijing will throw massive parties on October 1 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

25 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Retailers to gain from cancellation of Golden Week

UnionPay sees rise in card spending

The cancellation of the mainland's Golden Week holiday in May could be a boon for the city's retailers, with predictions it will encourage more frequent but shorter visits to Hong Kong by cashed-up tourists.

20 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Holiday plans good for workers and wallets

Holidays on the mainland have more to do with central planning than culture and custom, or even rest and recreation. The result has been the 'golden weeks', the chaotic phenomenon of up to half a billion people on the move at the same time. Roads are congested, transport infrastructure stretched and tourist destinations brought to breaking point.

11 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

'Golden week' holidays have lost their shine

Mainland workers should be feeling refreshed and relaxed after the third and last 'golden week' holiday of the year. But if anecdotal evidence is any guide, many are already in need of another break. The reason is not because they have lost the will to work and make money, but because of the stress of the forced vacation.

10 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Millions on the move as golden week holidays start

Millions of mainlanders kicked-off their 'golden week' National Day holidays yesterday, with flocks of revellers packing railway stations and airports and others crowding into major shopping areas across the nation.

More than 100,000 people from across the country made an early start to the day at Tiananmen Square, watching the flag-raising ceremony amid drizzle at dawn.

2 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Beijing considers scrapping chaotic 'golden weeks'

The central government is reviewing the national 'golden week' holidays, and may scrap some of them, the mainland's tourism watchdog said yesterday.

The week-long holidays were introduced in October 1999 to boost consumer spending amid a sluggish mainland economy.

9 May 2007 - 12:00am

Not such golden weeks

The mainland has firmly established the practice of having so-called 'golden weeks' every year, when most workplaces grind to a halt and workers go on holiday. The May 1 International Labour Day, October 1 National Day holidays and Lunar New Year see massive numbers of mainlanders travelling all over the country and overseas.

6 May 2006 - 12:00am

Huge fireworks show is planned for National Day

Almost 20,000 rockets, worth about $2.8m, will illuminate the sky in the spectacular themed extravaganza on October 1

Award-winning fireworks developed by a Hong Kong company are to be set off above Victoria Harbour to celebrate the 54th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China on October 1.

17 Sep 2003 - 12:00am

More imaginative extravaganzas plea

Over the years, I have seen several fireworks displays at Victoria Harbour.

The most recent one, on January 25 to welcome the Year of the Snake, was simply disappointing. Judging from the report which appeared in the South China Morning Post on January 26, only 260,000 people came out to watch the so-called 'extravaganza'.

5 Feb 2001 - 12:00am

National Day show

A variety show featuring the PLA and local artistes at the Hong Kong Coliseum and a 23-minute fireworks display will mark National Day celebrations on October 1. Tung Chee-hwa and about 600 guests will attend the flag-raising ceremony outside the Convention and Exhibition Centre.

16 Sep 2000 - 12:00am

Millennium celebration a disgrace to SAR

I refer to Carl Kjellqvist's letter headlined 'Disappointed visitors' (South China Morning Post, January 7). As a resident of Hong Kong, it shames me to learn that Mr Kjellqvist, a visitor from Singapore, did not enjoy the millennium celebrations in Hong Kong.

14 Jan 2000 - 12:00am