Happy Birthday, China!

Well, they did it — pulled off the mother of all parties in downtown Beijing, complete with missile launchers, tanks, overflights, goose-stepping soldiers, and gala floats.  The rain and smog cleared, allowing Beijing to enjoy a rare clear day. 

The Boston Globe's Big Picture blog has a great photo spread of the event called "China Celebrates 60 Years."

Follow the link and be amazed.