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Across the country, rehearsals and preparations are well underway for the Oct. 1 anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China

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Tattoo artist Ren Liang, works on a tattoo celebrating China's 60th anniversary on customer Chen Huang's back in his shop in central Beijing on Sept. 28, 2009. The small tattoo parlour has had an influx of requests for tattoos which symbolize the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

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Tattoo artist Ren Liang works on a tattoo celebrating China's 60th anniversary on customer Chen Huang's back.

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Female members of a Chinese militia march in formation during a training session for the 60th National Day Parade Village on the outskirts of Beijing on Sept. 15, 2009.

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Villagers from Ansai County of northwest China's Shaanxi Province perform the folk waist-drum dance during a rehearsal for the upcoming anniversary celebrations on Tiananmen Square in Beijing on Sept. 25, 2009.

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People look at military vehicles waiting in a line to drive towards Tiananmen Square as part of rehearsals for the anniversary celebrations.

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A man rides a bicycle past the National Unity Poles on Beijing's Tiananmen Square

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Armed policemen climb up a building during an anti-terror drill at a military base in Wuhan

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Pupils create the national flag on a canvas by using their hands dipped in red paint at a primary school in Jinan

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A man gets haircut featuring Tiananmen Gate at a barber shop in Zhengzhou

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The National Grand Theatre stands surrounded by water in central Beijing

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Chinese Air Force fighter jets and a refueling plane fly over Beijing

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Instructor aligns the formation of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Airborne Corps during a training session at the 60th National Day Parade Village on the outskirts of Beijing

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Soldiers hold pigeon patterns during a rehearsal for China's 60th anniversary celebration performance in Beijing, on Sept. 29, 2009.

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A Chinese worker prepares decorations ahead of the 60th National Day celebrations in Beijing on Sept. 29, 2009.

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A Chinese paramilitary police officer stands guard in front of Tiananmen gate in Beijing on Sept. 29, 2009.

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People gather at a square to celebrate the upcoming 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China during a photo call in Jilin, Jilin province on Sept. 29, 2009.

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A student embroiders a five-pointed star on a huge Chinese national flag at a college in Jinan, Shandong province, on Sept. 26, 2009.

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