Chinese cities have been decorated with national flags, beautiful flowers, banners and posters for the National Day holiday. In China’s capital, Beijing, a giant flower basket at the famous Tiananmen Square has drawn many tourists to take photos. In Hohhot City, a giant national flag and a poster with the characters reading “I Love China” have caught many people’s eyes. Other parts of China have also put on festive decorations showing people’s blessings for their country. The Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Regions also celebrate the National Day through various means, with streets, landmark buildings, plazas and shops festooned with national flags, banners and lanterns.
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Beijing, China’s sprawling capital, has history stretching back 3 millennia. Yet it’s known as much for modern architecture as its ancient sites such as the grand Forbidden City complex, the imperial palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties.
China is the third largest country in the world by area and the largest country in the world by population. Properly known as the People’s Republic of China, the political territory of the country includes Tibet and Hong Kong. The capital is Beijing.
Hong Kong, officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (HKSAR), is a metropolitan area and special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China on the eastern Pearl River Delta of the South China Sea. With over 7.5 million residents of various nationalities in a 1,104-square-kilometre (426 sq mi) territory, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated places in the world.
Hong Kong became a colony of the British Empire after the Qing Empire ceded Hong Kong Island at the end of the First Opium War in 1842. The colony expanded to the Kowloon Peninsula in 1860 after the Second Opium War and was further extended when Britain obtained a 99-year lease of the New Territories in 1898. The whole territory was transferred to China in 1997. As a special administrative region, Hong Kong maintains separate governing and economic systems from that of mainland China under the principle of “one country, two systems”.