Tiananmen Square

The Flagpole

The whole world is denouncing us. That's wonderful. I'm delighted. What would the Communist Party be if it wasn't denounced by others?

--Mao Zedong, from a speech made at Lushan in August 1958

Every morning at the break of day a solemn ceremony is held at the flagpole to the north of the Square as the "Five Star Red Flag" of the People's Republic of China is hoisted on high by a ceremonial guard of PLA soldiers. This ceremony is very popular with out-of-town visitors who regard it as one of the "sights" of the city.

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