Raising of the Chinese flag, and playing of the Chinese national anthem

Tiananmen Square is a great place to go at sunrise, if you enjoy being pushed and shoved in the name of Chinese nationalism. Every morning there is a formal flag-raising ceremony, and playing of the Chinese national anthem. The ceremony lasts only a few minutes, but people show up in the middle of the night, anticipating the event. I showed up at 4:45 for the 5:31 flag raising.