[Beijing, October 1. Image via Getty]

A father carries his daughter as they celebrate National Day in Beijing on October 1, 2009. China formally kicked off mass celebrations of 60 years of communist rule with a 60-gun salute that rung out across Beijing's historic Tiananmen Square but due to security concerns most of Beijing's 17 million citizens were relegated to watching the pageant in their hometown on television like the rest of China. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)