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Excitement builds for anniversary

IN a popular online video, "Happy Birthday" is played slowly by truck horns in different parts of China, each truckie blowing a note in a moving tribute to their country.

"It's fun. I like the idea of turning noise into such an emotional melody in harmony with the magnificent scenery and landmarks of China," said an Internet posting by "Langji Tianya."

Twenty-four drivers took part in the 70-second video, including Zhang Weiping, who said they never expected it to garner so much attention. "We just wanted to show our affection to our motherland and deliver the message that solidarity is power," he said.

Other celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China may not be as creative, but they carry the same deep affection.

In Wangcheng County, central China's Hunan Province, the hometown of legendary People's Liberation Army soldier and national role model Lei Feng, folk artisans and ordinary people together made a myriad of artworks for the special day.

Wangcheng artists, many famous, have donated works for the exhibition "Offers from Lei Feng's Townsmen to the Country," said Yang Dongfang, from the county publicity department.

Qin Shijiao, vice chairman of the Chinese Arts Papercutting Association, has made six groups of 10 10-meter-long dragons in different poses.

"We are descendants of dragons, so nothing is better than dragons to highlight our country's birthday," Qin said.

Shang You, a farmer and famed calligrapher, has written the Chinese character for "long life" in 60 different fonts and styles.

Students have also made contributions - 60 fine art works and handcrafts. Ninth-grader Cai Siyuan created a picture from grains.

"I wish for endless good harvests for my hometown and motherland," Cai said.

In Beijing, red national flags dot the city's streets, schools, factories and homes.

On his way home, Liu Tao couldn't help stopping by a shop to buy a national flag. "When I saw the street brimming with the red flags, the excitement was beyond description. I can't wait for the day to come."

Then Liu rode home with the flag flying on his bike.


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