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Chinese show creative flair in expressing their love of country

AS the People's Republic of China celebrates its 60th anniversary, the number 60 and the national flag can be seen almost everywhere around the country, even on children's heads.

In a barbershop in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Huang Xianlong, five, smiled upon seeing his new hair style. The new do comprises the characters guo qing kuai le, which means Happy National Day.

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

Wang Qian, manager of the barbershop, said more than 100 children have asked for National Day-themed haircuts.

Wang said other popular haircut options included the national flag with the characters zhong guo wan sui, meaning long live China, and wo ai zhong guo, which translates as I love China.

"As a hairdresser, I am proud to help people express their tributes to our motherland," Wang said.

In Fujian Province, Ruan Xiaorong, a 55-year-old photographer, started searching four months ago for people who were born on National Day, October 1.

Ruan traveled about 8,000 kilometers to take pictures of 60 people aged respectively from one to 60. All were born on National Day and are named Guo Qing after the holiday.

The pictures were organized to form a giant number 60 and are on display in the provincial library until tomorrow.

Each person was photographed with their right hand on their heart and holding their ID card or household registration showing their date of birth. Each picture includes the person's life story.

"People can read the 'almanac' of the past 60 years through them," Ruan said.

In Hebei Province, farmer Zheng Dongyu showed his deep affection for the country by creating a work of calligraphy measuring 660 meters.

The 80,000 characters took 18 months to complete. It embodies 11 ancient masterpieces including "Lun Yu," or "Analects of Confucius," and "Mencius," as well as the poems of the late Chairman Mao Zedong.

Zheng also wrote a poem in the work to depict China's dramatic changes in the past six decades.


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