on stadium-style bleachers along the road, who shout and clap, egged on by animated cheerleaders, to a soundtrack of patriotic music.
Military personnel in full regalia perform elaborate fast-paced marches and high kicks in a show of one-upmanship.
Then the soldiers lower and fold the flags of their respective countries and shake hands, before flinging the border gates shut with a final flourish.
It’s a powerful show of pride, which draws attendees from both sides of the border, as well as international tourists.
But anyone hoping to watch the ceremony on Friday will have been left disappoint
ed. Beating Retreat was canceled on the Indian side as officials awaited the return of their pilot.
Shashank Joshi, defense editor at The Economist and former sen
ior research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), a defense and sec
urity think tank, said Wagah was probably chosen as the site of the handover for logistical reasons.
”It’s a high-security location,” Joshi told CNN via telephone. It did, however, suffer
a deadly suicide attack on the Pakistani side in 2014 following the Beating Retreat ceremony.
During the Spring Festival holiday, burning calories has become a new trend from an internet catchphrase, chinanews.com has reported.
In many parts of China, sports have risen in popularity, as people enjoy working out by putting their
bodies in motion, reducing the physical burden of eating and drinking while staying healthier at the same time.
Fangfang, 24, from Taizhou, Zhejiang province, ran her first 5 kilometers of the Year of the Pig on Monday, as jogging to work makes her feel full of energy.
Dozens of winter swimmers from Yuhuan, Zhejiang, gathered at the beach behind Kanmen and rushed into to the sea against the cold wind to enjoy s
wimming. “We coastal people start the new year with our unique sport,” winter swimming enthusiast Chen Zhongfang said.
In preparation for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, games on snow and ice are drawing more interest. In snow and ic
e parks in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia autonomous region, a number of experiential projects have been set up, such
as a snow football field, ice bumper cars, curling, ice gyro and a snow circle. Thousands of citizens take part in such activities every day.
‘My China Album’ to celebrate 40 years of China-US memories
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Share Your Unforgettable Memories and Join Us in Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of China-US Diplomatic Relations
The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the United States of America and China Daily Launch “My China Album” Photo Competition
Guests pose for photos at the My China Album sign at the Chinese Embassy in Washington on Wednesday. [Photo by Z
hao Huanxin/China Daily]
WASHINGTON — My China Album, a story-sharing event focusing on the frie
ndship between people from China and the United States, was launched on Wednesday at a reception hosted by the Ch
inese embassy celebrating the 40th anniversary of the establishment of China-US diplomatic relations.
The event, co-organized by China Daily, China’s largest English-language ne
wspaper, which has a global audience, encourages Americans to submit photos an
d stories highlighting their most memorable experiences in China, especially their encounters with Chinese peo
ple. The top winner will receive two economy-class, round-trip airline tickets from New York to Beijing.
The exchange of visits between Chinese and American table tennis teams in 1971 and 1972 opened a new chapter in China-US friendly relations and contacts.
On Jan 1, 1979, the two countries officially established diplomatic relations. Since then, people-to-people excha
nges have helped cement a foundation and have played a key role in promoting understanding and mutual trust between the two countries.