“It doesn’t matter if we watch it,” he told AFP. “But people outside China should definitely watch.”
A lot of them “simply do not understand” people on the mainland, he added.
Other locals, like Fang Changping, told AFP they had no plans to watch the live broadcast.
“I’ve seen too many of them, and I can see right through them,” said the 80-year-old tai-chi practitioner.
He was part of a National Day parade back in 1956, Fang explained, and in comparison, today’s celebration feels “less authentic”.