The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) introduced in 1955 for the first time military ranks and rolled out a major reform of uniforms of the Three Services. From then on, China's Guard of Honor started to put on ceremonial uniforms.
The file picture shows a graph of different ceremonial uniforms of the PLA Guard of Honor. (Photo: news.cn)
Before that, their outfit was quite simple, like this:
On Oct. 16, 1949, China's Guard of Honor formed in a haste, wearing the woolen overcoats captured from the Japanese military, welcomed its first foreign guest -- Soviet ambassador to China Nikolay Vasilevich Roschin. (Photo: news.cn)
However, on June 1, 1965, the ranking system was abolished and the Guard of Honor entered a nearly two-decade long period of wearing no ceremonial uniforms.
File photo of the PLA Guard of Honor in the 1960s. (Photo: news.cn)
On Feb. 21, 1972, former U.S. President Richard Nixon visited China and was welcomed by the Guard of Honor consisting of 371 soldiers, the largest guard of honor in China's diplomatic history. (Photo: news.cn)
In 1987, leaders of China's military commission once again ordered a reform of the ceremonial uniforms.
File photo of thePLA Guard of Honor in the 1980s. (Photo: news.cn)
On Oct. 1, 1992, the Guard of Honor witnessed the fourth reform of the ceremonial uniforms and wore sabres for the first time. (Photo: news.cn)
File photo of the PLA Guard of Honor in the 1990s. (Photo: news.cn)
On May 12, 2014, 13 female soldiers debuted in the Guard of Honor in welcoming Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, becoming the first group of female honor guards in the PLA history. (Photo: news.cn)
On Aug. 19, 2014, the Guard of Honor wore a new type of ceremonial uniforms and took on the duty of hosting ceremonies for the first time in welcoming Uzbekistan's President Islam Karimov. (Photo: news.cn)