Who Lost the ESB? City’s Tallest Tower Going Red and Yellow for China
Tom Acitelli Sept. 29, 2009, 1:08 p.m.
On Wednesday and Thursday, from 6:30 p.m. to 2 a.m., the Empire State Building will be lit up in red and yellow to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China, according to the tower’s PR rep.
The choice of colors is derived from the Chinese flag, a red banner with five gold stars in the upper left corner. The color scheme and style is similar to that of the former Soviet flag, a red banner with a gold hammer, sickle, and five-pointed star in the top left corner.
Oct. 1 is China’s National Day, celebrating the events in 1949, when Mao Zedong and other Communist Party officials, addressed a massive crowd in Tiananmen Square and declared China’s “Democratic Dictatorship.” Cheers.