Victory Parade – Sept. 3, 2015

September 3

We watched the parade celebrating the 70th anniversary of the “Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression” (WWII to the rest of us) on tv. It’s a “by invitation only” parade.

 This is from the thirteen floor of our building looking toward Tian’anmen Square and downtown Beijing. You can’t really see the plane/helicopter and color smoke aspect of the Victory parade (which is why I went upstairs to try to get a picture). Notable is that the air is so clean, we can see the tallest building in Beijing, and to the left of it, Short Pants (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CCTV_Headquarters). Not sure why we call it Short Pants. I’d read somewhere that that’s what it is called, but now I see the Wikipedia pages says it is nicknamed Big Pants or Big Boxer Shorts.

 In this one, I’ve labeled the Beijing skyline.

Afterwards, B saw some fellow teachers who said the tanks were still going and headed our way so we ran out to see. Here we are waiting along Chang’An Ave. (Fuxing Rd. by us) to see if the tanks roll past.

After awhile, everyone else got bored and only Buddy and I remained.

 Waiting along Chang’An Ave. (Fuxing Rd. by us) to see if the tanks roll past.

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