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Red Boat spirit inspires new generations

By Ma Zhenhuan in Hangzhou| China Daily| Updated : Aug 27, 2019


A technician programs an industrial robot at a factory of Geely Automobile Group in Yiwu, Zhejiang province. [Photo by Lyu Bin/For China Daily]

Birthplace of the CPC is embracing a future driven by innovation and motivated by the Party's hard work and dedication

Zhejiang province represents a juncture of China's past and future. The birthplace of the Red Boat spirit, the eastern province embodies the country's revolutionary hallmarks of innovation, hard work and dedication.

For the Communist Party of China's 90.6 million members, Nanhu Lake in the city of Jiaxing is far more than just a scenic attraction - it's the physical birthplace of the Party.

"Since June, at least 10,000 tourists a day have flocked to visit the lake at weekends, double the usual weekend average of tourists of around 5,000 to 6,000," said Lu Yi, deputy general manager of the Nanhu Tourism Development in Jiaxing. The higher numbers are due to both the upcoming 70th anniversary of the People's Republic of China and the summer holidays, Lu said.

In 1921, the first CPC National Congress reconvened in a red boat on the lake after being interrupted by authorities in Shanghai's French concession area. It was here the 13 delegates announced the official founding of the CPC, with the Red Boat becoming a symbol of the courageous and pioneering spirit of the early Party leaders. The meeting encapsulated China's revolutionary spirit.

In October 2017, the CPC's newly elected top leadership, headed by General Secretary Xi Jinping, visited the site, where they vowed to stay true to the Party's original aspirations and serve the people. It was Xi's first domestic trip after the 19th CPC National Congress. The congress elected a new CPC Central Committee and drew up a blueprint for the country's development in the coming decades.

"We cannot forget the road that we have taken no matter how far we march," Xi said during the visit.

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