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Thousands watch flag raising at Tiananmen Square to welcome in 2016

Earlier this morning, despite freezing temperatures, thousands of Chinese people gathered at the capital’s iconic Tiananmen Square to watch this year’s first flag raising ceremony, many travelling thousands of miles from across China. Although the ceremony has been a daily routine since the founding of New China in 1949 many people believe there’s something special about the first flag raising of the year, symbolizes hope, and a fresh start.

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