A Resting Place for Heroes

My name is Cecile and I work for China Pictorial, a Beijing-based magazine. I recently visited the famous Babaoshan Revolutionary Cemetery. It is a large cemetery that brings together those who made a contribution to China. I was surprised to discover ordinary people buried alongside some of the country's greatest political leaders. It is reminiscent of the ideological foundations of China and the Communist Party of China (CPC), which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year: a man remains a man and everyone's contributions together become the essence of a harmonious society. All have worked towards harmony and social peace in China.

I discovered China in 2012 and have lived here since 2014. Over the years, I have learned to discover this complex and fascinating country. In 2012, I visited Beijing, where I now live, and Yunnan, one of the most beautiful provinces of China. I still remember its incredible landscapes; its vertiginous roads; the warmth of its inhabitants, many of whom belong to ethnic minorities; and its delicious cuisine made with local products. I recently traveled back to Kunming, the capital city of Yunnan Province, which was the starting point of my journey in 2012, and was impressed by its development. Beijing also changed a lot. Unlike France, whose urban landscape changes very little over the years, changes in China are very rapid and China is today at the cutting edge of technology. In everyday life, many have their mobile phones handy, whether it is to take the subway, pay for their meals, order groceries, or even show their health codes as part of the fight against COVID-19. China is a country with a long-term vision. This is what makes it strong. 2021 also marks the launch of the 14th Five-Year Plan.

This year, the Chinese are celebrating the arrival of the Year of the Ox. In Chinese culture, it is a year that is synonymous with hard work and tenacity. While following its traditions, China continues to be resolutely turned towards the future.

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