As of the 12th opening day on November 26, the major exhibition to commemorate the 40th anniversary of China’s reform and opening-up has attracted 524,517 visitors at National Museum in Beijing.
People came far and near to visit the exhibition, looking back on the development and witnessing great changes in China over the past 40 years.
“When I was young, everything was bought by tickets,” said a visitor surnamed Wang, who was on a business trip from Shandong to Beijing and made time to pay a half-day visit to the exhibition. He said, “During the past online shopping spree ‘Double Eleven’, I made more than ten orders, and basically, all of the goods have been delivered to me. We are the biggest beneficiaries of the reform and opening-up as we are now living in a prosperous country, which no longer lacks daily necessities like before.”
At the exhibition hall, visitors were impressed by the exhibits, which can bring back memories and stories about themselves and the reform and opening up.
“I used to live in a compound occupied by many households 40 years ago. We cooked in the yard and it was difficult to make a fire on a rainy day,” a senior visitor surnamed Liu said when he was watching a miniature model of siheyuan with his old neighbors. “Now I live in an apartment and have a better life. I don’t need to worry about cooking, and I am just thinking about doing exercises and keeping healthy.”
The rapid development of science and technology leaves deep memories of China’s reform and opening-up, so the exhibits like the “Tiangong II” space lab model, Jiaolong, Hailong and Qianlong deep-sea manned submersible models and space suits have all become an object of many visitors for taking photos.
Among the visitors, lots of students were seen looking at the exhibits with great interest. A middle school student took photos of admission cards for college entrance examination and student cards in 1977, and expressed her hope to write a script on the changes in the school over the 40 years of reform and opening-up.
The sand table of the planning of Beijing’s sub-center was surrounded by a group of middle school students. “I want to build my hometown better through my hands. I believe that I can play a role in fulfilling the planning by studying hard,” a student said.