Some 110,000 people braved the Beijing rain and smog to watch the National Day flag raising, and that excitement is nothing compared to today’s conferences and burecratic staring contests.
This picture below depicts the old style National Day celebrations, and 2011 was all glassy-eyed frowning bureaucrats sitting in a circle:
2012 was so similar that it looks as though someone may have just photoshopped some of 2011’s photos and saved themselves the work of throwing the annual party:
This year’s celebrations, under the banner of Xi Jinping’s new leadership and relaxed style, were worlds apart. Introducing, the wide-angled glassy-eyed frowning bureaucrats sitting a circle:
Also, please enjoy this photo of President Xi Jinping in the middle of making a toast while Premier Li Keqiang (far left) totally drinks anyways:
[All images from Xinhua]