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’.
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.
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