National Geographic : 1960 Aug
NATIONALGEOGRAPHICSOCIETY Girls above, boys below form a flower in the Peking Workers' Stadium. Petals open when the girls bend backward. Red flag atop the pyramid symbolizes socialism. Some 8,000 athletes gath ered in September, 1959, to open the arena with a two-week-long national sports show. 206 Resembling semaphore signalers, a disciplined chorus of teen-age girls swings scarlet globes in time to music. Such spectacular calisthenics have become a customary part of many athletic meets. Virtually everyone belongs to one or more organi zations based on age, residence, or occupation.