26 May 2013

Photos at the Tiananmen Gate, Beijing

Tiananmen Gate in 1901, when China was still ruled by an emperor.

During the Kuomintang government in 1925, a large portrait of Sun Yat-sen was hung at the gate after his death. 
Between 1945 & 1948, Mao Zedong's arch enemy, Chiang Kai-shek's portrait was hung at Tiananmen Gate:

On July 7, 1949 the picture of Zhu De and Mao Zedong were hung to commemorate the Second Sino-Japanese War.

Since then, from the founding date of the People's Republic of China, a portrait of Mao Zedong has been hung at the square on October 1. Each year the old portrait is replaced before October 1, founding day of the PRC.

However, on certain occasions the picture has been different. For example, on March 9, 1953 a picture of Joseph Stalin was put up due to his death.


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