Public sentiment in Beijing was achieving fever pitch on Monday, with only a handful of hours to go prior to Hong Kong is handed over to China.

Readers to Beijing’s Tiananmen Square took their last look at the Hong Kong clock prior to the square is closed to the general public on Monday afternoon for an formal celebration.

Runners also braved an early downpour to choose part in a handover enjoyable-operate.

A big crowd gathered in Tiananmen Square on Monday early morning to watch the final flag- boosting prior to the Hong Kong handover.

Commonly attended by a handful of hundred out-of-town holidaymakers, the flag-boosting captivated guests in the thousands, together with youngsters hardly aged sufficient to have an understanding of the event’s significance.

The flag-boosting is the last formal event the general public will be in a position to attend prior to the Square is closed for Monday night’s handover festivities.

The celebrations in Beijing will stop Tuesday early morning when the flag once again rises over Tiananmen Square.

South of Tiananmen Square, 1-thousand runners trotted the final a few-stage-5 kilometres to the Temple of Heaven, finishing a 32-hundred kilometre working relay that began June 1.

Even with the early morning downpour, spirits have been not dampened by the temperature.

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“Currently is the Hong Kong handover. I am really excited. Beijing and Hong Kong will be connected, and we will have a substantially much better potential.”
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A crowd of numerous thousand gathered to welcome the runners as they done their journey.

The Hong Kong clock reveals the time that China refers to as the “zero hour” is close at hand.

Obstacles generally erected for crowd management have been eradicated for Monday night’s celebration.

This produced a uncommon issue — bikes illegally parked on the Square have been promptly eradicated by police.

The stage in Tiananmen Square will participate in host to over 6 hours of performances and speeches Monday night.

Alongside with worldwide media that have gathered to address the event, China Central Tv is getting ready for its largest-at any time coverage.

Monday night’s celebration is open only to a hundred-thousand invited company.

Other citizens have been asked to get pleasure from the festivities at household — on television.

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Post time: 02-13-2016