a celebration of 90 years.

friday marks the 90th anniversary of the communist party in china.  and just walking around basically ANYWHERE, it’s pretty obvious that they’re getting ready. in the college campuses, there are billboards that announce the “90th anniversary” and there are movie posters for the newest government-issued film “Beginning of the Great Revival” (建党伟业 jian dang wei ye)

SIDENOTE: THE REASON THE HARRY POTTER MOVIE IS NOT COMING OUT IN CHINA IS BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT WANTS TO MAKE SURE THAT AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE GO AND WATCH THIS COMMUNIST MOVIE SO THEY WON’T SHOW FOREIGN FILMS UNTIL THIS MOVIE EARNS A CERTAIN AMOUNT IN TICKET SALES. NOT COOL. UGH. 

so my friends and i decided to watch it anyways just to see what movie would be SO important as to NOT SHOW THE FINAL HARRY POTTER MOVIE. (clearly i am upset about this). but anyways, because the movie stars over 150 of the most famous chinese actors, there are about a million stories going on at the same time. not to mention that we didn’t understand half the words they were saying and our chinese reading skills were too slow to follow along with the subtitles. needless to say, it was kind of hard to follow.

but i’m still glad i saw it, although i would have enjoyed it much more with english subtitles… one thing i learned is that china can sometimes be all about putting on a show. okay, i hate to say it but let’s be honest, it’s so true! in the scene where china’s army defeated japan, there was all this triumphant music and a slow-mo with all the fighters looking really happy walking back. watching it, it’s as if they filmmakers want you to jump out of your seat and scream “WO AI ZHONG GUO!” (i love china!) but of course…nobody in the theatre did that…although i was tempted. okay, not really, but still. GO CHINA! 

on to other random things, i ate some 刨冰(bao bing- shaved ice) the other day from Paris Baguette. mmmmm so good. we got the fruit one and it was the perfect snack on a super hot day in beijing. it’s still as hot and humid as ever. ugh. but these are my last few days in beijing before i’m off to shanghai! 😦 

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