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Beijing (CNN) - When the People's Republic of China was founded 70 years ago, China was a poor and underdeveloped country colloquially described in the West as "the poor man of Asia."
Seven decades later it is one of the most powerful nations and has the second largest economy in the world. On Tuesday, Beijing had a massive celebration to commemorate the occasion, chaired by President Xi Jinping.
The trip there has become one of the most chaotic and expensive periods in modern Chinese history. Here are five graphics that help break down the 70 years of the People's Republic of China.
China's economy has expanded rapidly since the beginning of market reforms by the Government in the 1980s, and the country's infrastructure has grown rapidly to match it.
For example, China's rail system is now the second largest in the world, after the United States.
As the country has been enriched, China's population has also slowly enriched.
Now they buy a lot of consumer goods, including smartphones, designer clothes and new cars. But a simple measure to show the growing quality of life in China is the increase in the consumption of pork throughout the country.
Despite the many advances, the Chinese Government faces a series of challenges.
The political draconian One Child (the law of the only child) combined with the rising cost of living, has led to a rapid decline in China's birth rate and now a demographic crisis is looming for the country.
Domestic security, including police and surveillance, has been rapidly reinforced in the last decade, even surpassing external security in 2010.
Superior illustration of Gabrielle Smith, CNN