China's Communist Party celebrates centenary

The evening performance at the Bird Nest National stadium showcased the handover of Hong Kong - a former British colony - to Chinese rule; Chinese President Xi Jinping's major campaign to alleviate poverty; the country's expanding military power and the ongoing battle against the coronavirus pandemic.

Xi and other senior Chinese officials including premier Li Keqiang attended the performance, with fireworks rocketing into the sky and tens of thousands of people in the audience waving the Chinese national flags.

The show culminated with the audience singing the song "Without the Communist Party, There Would Be No New China," and five minutes of fireworks.

Many Chinese cheered the celebration by posting online well-wishes for the country and party on social media.