Beijing (CNN)When the People's Republic of China was founded 70 years ago, China was a poor and underdeveloped country described colloquially in the West as "the poor man of Asia."
70 years of the People's Republic of China in five graphics
Seven decades later and it is one of the most powerful nations in the world, boasting the second-largest economy globally. On Tuesday, Beijing held a massive celebration to mark the occasion, presided over by President Xi Jinping.
But the journey there has made for one of the most chaotic and costly periods in modern Chinese history. Here are five graphics which help break down the 70 years of the People's Republic of China.
China's economy has rapidly expanded since the beginning of market reforms by the government in the 1980s, and the country's infrastructure has grown quickly 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 grown richer, China's population has slowly become wealthier as well.
They now buy vast numbers of consumer goods including smartphones, designer clothes and new cars. But a simple measure to show the rising quality of life in China is the growing consumption of pork across the country.