First national-level barracks opening activity held in China

Yao Jianing

WUHAN, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- A barracks opening activity took place in Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei Province, on Wednesday morning. The event was the first of its kind at national level.

A barracks of a brigade of airborne troops and one for armed police were opened for public visits, with more than 3,000 Wuhan residents participating.

Soldiers in the two barracks gave performances reflecting their military training. Citizens were also able to take a close look at military equipment and experience daily military life.

The participants, including students, civil servants and enterprise employees, were mainly selected via an online test on national defense and a national-defense-themed essay competition.

The general office of China's Central Military Commission issued a guideline on opening barracks of the People's Liberation Army in October 2017, and China this July announced plans to open more than 600 barracks to the public during major festivals and days of commemoration.

According to the plan, barracks for the army, navy, air force and rocket force of the PLA and armed police at division, brigade, regiment, battalion and company levels will be available for public visits, covering 31 provincial regions across the country.


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