China Daily marks 30th anniversary at Great Hall of the People

Liu Yunshan delivers keynote speech

Wang Chen delivers keynote speech

From the editor: Bringing you the news for 30 years

It's not often that the birth of a newspaper makes news around the world.

But China Daily did. And so it was on June 1, 1981 that the first edition rolled off the presses to the accompaniment of what seemed a global media drumbeat.

There was good reason: The steadily-growing stream of tourists, businessmen, consultants and "foreign experts" making their way to the country found themselves almost isolated from the outside world - and didn't know much of what was happening in the country, either.

In today's plugged-in world, it might be difficult to comprehend that news in English was then at such a premium.

Birthday 'starting point' for a new journey

More than 800 people gathered at the Great Hall of the People on Tuesday to celebrate China Daily's 30-year journey from an eight-page black/white newspaper to a global media group. China Daily marks 30th birthday

China Daily marks 30th birthday

China's English language newspaper China Daily celebrated its 30th birthday in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Tuesday.


China Daily marks 30th birthday

China's English language newspaper China Daily celebrated its 30th birthday in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Tuesday.

Birthday 'starting point' for a new journey

Celebrations at Great Hall of the People


Trailblazers of reform

In the 1980s, when Li Zhongjian saw an expensive overseas-made cigarette lighter, he had the foresight to figure out how to make it in his home city of Wenzhou in East China's Zhejiang province. Li formed a company - something very rare in China then - to make the lighters, initially for the domestic market.

A bold vision that changed China

Growing pains ... and gains


Going through the roof

Wang Yang, a 46-year-old college teacher, clearly remembers the time he lived in a small apartment in the university. Similar to the college dormitories of today, there was usually only one shared kitchen and a toilet on the same floor.

Overseas investors get more aggressive

Keeping the dream alive in my 'little white house'

Family Planning

Loneliness of the single child

Shao Pei and his wife Zhou Min, both only children, are considering moving to another neighborhood in Beijing with a higher population of children. That's because their only daughter, nicknamed Xiaoxiao, is turning 2 years old soon and will need to make friends. The couple, in their early 30s, live in a high-end apartment building in the capital's expensive Central Business District, densely populated with young elite white-collar workers but few children.

Create awareness among youth

Policy still necessary but can be tweaked


Shopping changes from chore to choice

Zhou Qiyuan does not like shopping. His distaste for shopping spans many years. "There was nothing to shop for in the late 1970s and early 1980s," says the 65-year-old Beijing resident. "It was all about getting coupons, standing in long queues, choosing from the few goods that were available and, more often than not, being bullied by salespersons."

From a seller's to a buyer's market

Miracle is product of pragmatism, hard work


A 20-year rollercoaster ride

Jiang Zhikang's foray into China's fledgling stock market in the early 1990s was not only risky but required great patience. "I lined up at the small trading counter for a whole night in order to buy the stock subscription certificates,?Jiang, 62, says. "I thought that owning stocks may be better than just putting my money in a bank account.?

Time to fasten your seat belts

Investor protection vital for market to move forward


A people on the move

In 1983, Zhen Zhicheng, then 6 years old, was free as a bird in the steep mountains of Hubei province, where his parents, both Beijing natives, had been living since 1970 alongside tens of thousands mobilized from around China to work at the No 2 Automobile Plant in the small town of Shiyan.

From banned workers to people with social problems

Moving tales from my migrant beat


The final frontier

Qi Faren's name is linked with China's first satellite, its first unmanned spaceship and first manned spaceship, leading some to say his biography would be an abridged version of China's space history. Like his given name suggests -- "new things begin to emerge" -- he has created many historic "firsts".

Gazing at the stars

Innovation is the way to achieve something out of this world


All in the Games

If you ask any Chinese person what their nation's proudest sporting achievement has been over the past 30 years, Olympic success will be the most likely answer. China's passion for glory and improvement reflects the official Olympic motto: Swifter, Higher and Stronger.

How the Olympic spirit made China a better place

Experience of a lifetime

Shanghai Expo

Showcase of the world

Before last year's Shanghai World Expo, Beijing Zoo was known for its endangered indigenous species: giant pandas, Siberian tigers and the Tibetan gazelle. Pretty soon it may include another beast altogether: flying men from Latvia ricocheting around vertical wind tunnels.

Belgian diamonds steal Expo hearts

Ideas for life blossom at venue


Runway success

Any middle-aged Chinese man who wants to appear fashionable these days would have heard of two labels - Pierre Cardin and Septwolves. During the 1980s and 1990s, these two labels injected some color into Chinese menswear that was dominated by gray, blue and black.

Into the limelight

Now in vogue


The scene is rocking

Four music festivals and a marathon concert made this year's May Day holiday the busiest ever for Beijing's pop and rock fans. Each of the events featured dozens of acts and drew thousands of people.

Can't help falling in love

Above ground now, and thriving


Independent icons

Looking back at 30 years of sports in China, it is easy to see how the times have changed. From a generation of sportspersons who were solely dependent on State support and had to toil hard to make an impact on the global stage, China has a new generation of confident young sport professionals who have not only made a name for themselves but are proving to be excellent brand ambassadors for the country.

Testing times of an era gone by

Off to a good start ... and continuing with it


The reel people

After the chaotic "cultural revolution" (1966-1976), during which more than 300 Chinese movies were banned, filmmakers could not wait for a new era to begin. Taboo films were screened again and audiences flocked to movie theaters with great passion.

Peaks and troughs through the decades

Talent rises from every generation


The business of art

Lu Peng is widely considered a pioneer of the local art market, having published an art magazine, organized exhibitions and other projects - not all financially successful. In the 1980s, he established the Art and Market magazine, the first of its kind in China, and was its first editor-in-chief.

Public sculptures that opened more than eyes

Looking at the good, the bad and the ugly

Soft Power

Spreading the message

The successful hosting of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing dispelled notions that many foreigners like Mark Surman had about China. Surman, who has been studying political science at Peking University for the last two years, is one of the 40 million foreigners who are studying Chinese now.

Smart, soft and subtle

Speaking for themselves


Happy Anniversary and Best Wishes for The Future

A bunch of congratulating messages sent by foreign government officials, ambassadors, news agencies, international organizations and so on.

Avid reader who uses China Daily at work

China Daily Milestones

Founded in 1981, China Daily now 30 years old

Over the past 30 years, China Daily has developed into a strong all-media group with 12 print publications, a national portal website with eight sub-websites, around-the-clock news and information services on three mobile platforms and 14 applications and products on wireless terminals.

Private Sector

The enterprises that reduced a government headache

In 1983, Cao Dewang decided to lease the Gaoshan Glass Factory from his village in Fuqing, Fujian province. His aim was simple: feed his family and the families of fellow village workers, and provide them with education.

Largest employer needs a level playing field

Resilient growth engine crucial to prosperity


Finding the right cure

During the last 30 years, the health service system in China has made several significant strides and improved the overall health condition of urban and rural Chinese citizens. Though much of the focus in those days was on public health and preventive treatment, it also had some shortcomings. An inherent flaw of the post-1980s period was that healthcare became more of a fee-for-service available mainly to those who could afford it. There was also a constant churn of medical personnel from the rural to the urban areas, contrary to what was envisaged by policymakers.

Partners in healthcare

Food for thought

Foreign Trade

Evolving export strategy

In July 1978, Hong Kong businessman Zhang Zimi approached the Dongguan government, in South China's Guangdong province, with a radical idea: to start making handbags for the Hong Kong market. Zhang's deal called for him to inject HK$2 million and provide the designs and raw materials.

Canton Fair barometer of exports

Joining WTO was a positive move


Foot off the brake

Among China's first drivers were newspaper photographers, who took advantage of the faster form of transport to follow fire trucks and zoom to action hot spots. Veteran China Daily photographer Wu Zhiyi and former China Daily employee Chen Xiong can remember Beijing in the 1980s when driving a car in the capital was a sheer delight. There were sunny blue skies, very few cars and no traffic jams.

The Cherokees that sparked revolution

I have a secret to tell you


On track for high speed

Board any of China's high-speed trains and you'll step into a clean and comfortable cabin worthy of airlines. More important, the trains will whisk you to your destination almost as quickly as propeller-driven aircraft. These trains cover the 1,069-km journey between Guangzhou and Wuhan in about three hours, while the 120-km trip between Beijing and Tianjin is done in half an hour.

Passenger turnover trails off the rails

It's not just the speed of the trains


Changing face of tourism

Rong Jikai, a retired senior professor in Beijing, has been overseas to "dozens of places" such as Japan, Thailand and Nepal -- but always for work and never as a tourist. But since his retirement, Rong, in his 80s, and his wife Xiao Shuqin, in her 70s, are trying their best to make up for this.

The journey, not the destination, that counts

Some things tour guides should not shout about


Reach spreads far and wide

Journalism educator Li Xiguang, who is in his early 50s, still regrets the fact that he was denied a chance to become a reporter nearly 30 years ago. The 1982 Nanjing University graduate's application to a national newspaper was turned down by the school authorities after they decided the student had been way too "liberal" and "slack in discipline".

Mainstream media must provide the context

We've come a long way

Wenchuan Quake

When the earth moved

At 2:28 pm on May 12, 2008, an 8.0-magnitude quake struck Sichuan province. Towns were leveled and villages were buried, as mountains crumbled into rivers and dammed them to further threaten residents.

Recording history

Global solutions needed

Hong Kong

Growing together

"The biggest change that Hong Kong has experienced since the handover was to remain unchanged," says Jasper Tsang Yok-sing, 65, president of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong.

Our happy homecoming party continues



Chasing changing palates

One of Bian Jiang's most vivid memories of Beijing in the 1980s was the long queues of people, waiting in the late autumn chilly wind, to buy large amounts of cabbages and sweet potatoes to take home.

China riding high on a gastronomical tide

Now, I enjoy 'dirty towels'


Green shoots of hope

At every event held by Green Earth Volunteers, Wang Yongchen, 57, founder of the environmental organization, asks her participants to describe how the rivers have changed in their hometowns. The younger participants, often in their 20s or 30s, always come up with answers that the rivers are no longer the way they were. Most of them are either dark, smelly, or in some cases completely dried up. "That's why I care so much about the rivers in China. I'm always worried about where we will get water from if such trends continue," says Wang, a journalist-turned-environmentalist.

Time to take stock

Building a cleaner future


The times, they are a-changing

It was the opportunity to trailblaze that lured American Brian Linden to China in 1984. That was why he jumped at the chance to come to the country as a Beijing Language Institute student, he says, as most restrictions on foreigners' movements in the country had just been lifted. "We truly were among the first foreigners who could break away from the major cities and explore China's hinterlands," the 48-year-old says. And, he says, he reveled in interactions with the local people.

In the beginning...

It isn't as easy as it used to be


The write stuff

The image of a long queue outside the small campus bookstore lingers in the memory of writer Zhao Lihong. He was a student at Shanghai-based East China Normal University from 1977 to 1981 and Chinese literature was his major. "Students and faculty would line up each morning for new books, even before the bookstore started business," Zhao, 60, recalls. "Books were always in short supply."

Where are today's great writers?

Novelists enjoying prime time

Foreign Affairs

The multilateral path

China's foreign affairs in the first half of 2011 were characterized by several multilateral summits in which the country has played a prominent role. Among them are the recently concluded trilateral leadership summit involving China, Japan and the Republic of Korea in May, and the third summit of the BRICS bloc and annual Boao Forum of Asia held in Hainan province in April.

Increasing influence in international relations

Weight of the world on our shoulders


No longer a ticket to better future

Pan Yingjie, the president of Shanghai Ocean University, can never forget the summer of 1977 when an examination changed his life. It was not the easiest of times for the 27-year-old Pan then as life seemed bleak after the daily toil at a rural fertilizer plant in Anhui province that was not only sapping his energy, but proving a health issue for his pregnant wife.

Welcome changes to English teaching

Decision that changed the course of my life

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