Taiwanese, Chinese to walk Golden Gate Bridge

September 24, 2011 11:58:52 AM PDT
In addition to the thousands of tourists who cross the Golden Gate Bridge on Saturdays, this morning about 2,500 Taiwanese- and Chinese-Americans will walk the span to celebrate the Republic of China's centennial, according to event organizers.

In the Bay Area, some 700,000 Chinese- and Taiwanese-Americans are expected to commemorate the republic's centennial, according to Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in San Francisco.

The republic in terms of land area is now mostly composed of Taiwan and was founded on Jan. 1, 1912 after revolutionaries overthrew China's last feudal monarchy on Oct. 10, 1911.

The celebration will begin with a flag raising ceremony at 10:10 a.m., which is significant, according to organizers, because Oct. 10 is known in the republic as Double Ten Day, the republic's national day.

A group walk across the bridge will follow from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.