While a string of commemorative activities of the 70th anniversary of victory of Chinese people's resistance against Japanese aggression is being held in Beijing on Thursday, members of public in Hong Kong are able to feel the atmosphere of the grand occasion through live broadcast.[Special coverage]
On Thursday morning, people in a restaurant in Causeway Bay focused their mind on the TV, watching the military parade in Beijing, which is one of the commemorative activities.
"I'm especially touched to see veterans participating in this big event. They have done a lot for our country," office worker Ms Luk said, adding that she took pride in the country's development and agreed with Chinese President Xi Jinping who determined to go down the path of peace development.
Some chose to stay tune with the show at home. Lee Wai Ling, 76, preferred watching TV to going to the restaurant with her family, which was what she usually did on a public holiday.
"I gave up the restaurant meeting, for this is much more important," Lee said, being able to watch the military parade was a "once in a lifetime experience" as she has already reached an old age. She also hoped that victims in the war could receive compensation and justice be done.
In July, Hong Kong designated Sept. 3, 2015 on a one-off basis as an additional public holiday to commemorate the victory of the Chinese people's war of resistance against Japanese aggression.
Scenes of soldiers marching and weapons showcasing kept looping on TV news programs provided in some of the public transport services, drawing passengers' attention.
"I'm happy to see that our motherland has such a solid military power to protect herself and we don't have to be afraid of being aggrieved anymore," Railway passenger Mr So said, however, his biggest hope was peace on earth, echoing the speech of President Xi.