2021 marks the centenary anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China. The victory of the Cross-Yangtze Campaign in 1949 marked the end of the reactionary rule of the Chiang Kai-shek Nationalist Government, accelerated the historical process of liberating the whole of China, and laid a solid foundation for the birth of the People's Republic of China.
Refurbishment is being made on the Cross-Yangtze Campaign Victory Memorial Hall so as to get ready for the celebration of the Party’s 100th birthday.
The Cross-Yangtze Campaign was a military campaign launched by the People's Liberation Army to cross the Yangtze River and capture Nanjing, the capital of the Nationalist government of the Kuomintang, in the final stage of the Chinese Civil War. The campaign began at night on 20 April, and lasted until 2 June 1949, concluding after the fall of Nanjing and Shanghai to the Communist forces.
Li Jianfeng, deputy political instructor of the 2nd Battalion, 101st Division, 302 Regiment of the 34th Army, led the soldiers to attack the south bank of the Yangtze River from Yizheng, Yangzhou, and the battle was very intense.
Li Jianfeng, Veteran of the Cross-Yangtze Campaign
The small wooden boat was advancing
in the Yangtze River
with shells falling around us one after another
but we crossed the Yangtze River
in the midst of continuous artillery fire
The key to victory is the wise and correct
decisions of the Party Central Committee
and the support of the people
throughout the country
It is also inseparable from the sacrifice
and struggle of our officers and soldiers
In order to remember this historic moment, on April 23, 2009, on the occasion of the victory the Cross-Yangtze Campaign and the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Nanjing, the newly-built Cross-Yangtze Campaign Victory Memorial Hall was officially opened to the public.
The more than 20,000-square-meter memorial is full of the triumphant pride of "an army of 1 million troops crossing the river "in the process off site selection, display and sculpture.
Hundreds of historical photos and more than 400 precious cultural relics in the exhibition hall tell the world the glorious history and great achievements of the People's Liberation Army in the battle of crossing the river more than 70 years ago, and also inspire future generations to continue to march towards victory.
Wu Xiaobao, Curator of Cross-Yangtze Campaign Memorial Hall
We will use brand-new display methods
and rich display content
to inherit the good red gene
and remember the great achievements
of countless revolutionary predecessors
who have worked bravely
to establish a new China
Over 70 years after the victory of the Cross-Yangtze Campaign, under the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party, Nanjing has undergone earth-shaking changes.
The Nanjing Jiangbei New Area, the first national-level new district in Jiangsu Province, which is within easy reach of the memorial, is rising on the northern bank of the Yangtze River under the guidance of the spirit of the Cross-Yangtze Campaign.
In just five years, this once large wasteland has developed into a modern and international new city with a total economic volume of nearly 300 billion.
Li Jiawei, Deputy Director of Nanjing Jiangbei New Area Economic Development Bureau
We must vigorously promote the spirit
of the Cross-Yangtze Campaign Victory
work together to advance
the construction of new areas
promote the construction
of major technology platforms
and scientific and technological innovation carriers
and step by step
turn the beautiful blueprint
of the new modern main city
into a realistic picture