China in My Eyes

50 years of continued friendship

Beidaihe

With the Cultural Revolution about to begin, all foreigner’s contract were not continued and they were all shipped off to Beidaihe for a summer break. When they returned, traffics light colours were changed for red to go and green to stop. Dazibai (‘big character poster’ of written notices of communist ideas and exposing  anti-revolutionist) were everywhere. The Great Cultural Revolution had begun. People were all moving and going to the country side to learn from the workers and peasants. People switched places from the ‘haves’ to the ‘have nots’.

Beidaihe, foreigners relaxing in the sun

Beidaihe, foreigners relaxing in the sun

Foreigners moved to have a holiday in Beidaihe as The Cultural Revolution begins in Beijing 1966

Foreigners moved to have a holiday in Beidaihe as The Cultural Revolution begins in Beijing 1966

Beidaihe and Stephen

Beidaihe and Stephen

Alyce and Stephen Mackerras

Alyce and Stephen Mackerras

A French woman and her baby at Beidaihe

A French woman and her baby at Beidaihe

 

Upon arrival back to Beijing August 1966, they came back to the launch of the Cultural Revolution, streets were filled with daizibao and traffic light signals had changed for red to go and green to stop.

Revolutionary  DAZIBAO taking over the streets and scenery of China 1967

Revolutionary DAZIBAO taking over the streets and scenery of China 1967

Revolutionary  DAZIBAO taking over the streets and scenery of China 1967

Revolutionary DAZIBAO taking over the streets and scenery of China 1967

Revolutionary  DAZIBAO taking over the streets and scenery of China 1967

Revolutionary DAZIBAO taking over the streets and scenery of China 1967

Revolutionary  DAZIBAO taking over the streets and scenery of China 1967

Revolutionary DAZIBAO taking over the streets and scenery of China 1967

Revolutionary  DAZIBAO taking over the streets and scenery of China 1967

Revolutionary DAZIBAO taking over the streets and scenery of China 1967

 

 

 

 

 

 

Links to other pages under the section ‘Life in China 1964-66’

Life in Beijing in the 1960s

Stephen 

First Students

Street Scenes

Places Visited

Signs of Revolution

Wuhan Diary

Various travels 1970s & 80s