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Fireworks 'paintings' largest in the world

The painting of Chairman Mao Zedong on the Tian'anmen rostrum is being replaced on Monday, September 28, 2009 by a new one ahead of National Day.

A grand fireworks show will dazzle the night of Oct 1 in Beijing, as part of a gala event celebrating the 60th anniversary of new China.

The show, lasting more than half an hour, will use twice the amount of fireworks used during the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, Beijing Daily reported.

The show's highlights will be three fireworks paintings over Tian'anmen Square for about one minute, said Zhang Heping, deputy commander of the event.

The fireworks paintings, 90 m long by 25 m wide each, are the largest of their kind in the world, he said.

Six cranes, each weighing 250 tons, will be used to ensure these fireworks paintings hang in the air, he said.

He declined to reveal the paintings' themes.

Jia Ding, the gala event's executive director, said that the fireworks paintings will be a big surprise to the audience.

The fireworks display is designed by Cai Guoqiang, who surprised millions of viewers last year with the 29 big footprints walking along the middle axis of Beijing city during the Olympic Games' opening ceremony.

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 Source : China Daily  Editor: Ivy
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