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New China's first female tractor driver: greatest wish is to attend National Day parade

2009-09-21 15:43 BJT

Special Report: 60th Anniversary of PRC |

Her biggest wish: To watch the 60th anniversary celebration of the founding of the People's Republic of China

Liang's story was written into primary school textbooks from 1949 to 1953 and she was elected as a member of the National People's Congress three consecutive times between 1954 and 1966. In 1962, the People's Bank of China came out with the third set of Renminbi banknotes. The 1 yuan note, based on a photograph of her, showed a female tractor driver driving a tractor. Thus, Liang walked into every family's life with the circulation of the Renminbi notes.

In 1950, on China's second National Day, Liang, while attending the National Heroes' and Model Workers' Meeting, ascended the Tiananmen Rostrum to watch the anniversary military parade. That was the most unforgettable experience of her life and that is the first time she has watched the parade on National Day. In 1994, on the 45th Anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, Liang was again invited to watch the celebration from the Tiananmen Rostrum.

On the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the People's Republic of China, Liang just passed her 80th birthday, and her biggest wish is to watch the ceremony of the Anniversary. "Each anniversary is a new experience, as each of them shows the big changes that have occurred in our country." Liang said, "This year marks the 60th Anniversary of the founding of New China, and the changes over the recent years are especially big. My biggest wish now is to watch another anniversary parade and to see the changes in Beijing!"


Translated by LOTO

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