BEIJING, Feb. 7 -- The "Touching China" awards, presented by China Central Television (CCTV), honoured all Chinese people for the first time on Thursday for their tenacity, bravery and wisdom during 2008.
"The Chinese people showed to the world the touching heartfelt power of the nation to withstand snowstorms, ensure earthquake relief, host the Olympics and Paralympics and successfully complete the Shenzhou 7 mission", the awards ceremony presenter said.
"It was hard to decide on one winner for this special award", said Zhu Bo, the producer of the awards. "We finally decided to present this award to all Chinese people, because each of us is the witness, the victim and the rescuer of the major events of 2008. Those who can touch China are you and me, everyday people going about their everyday lives."
The awards ceremony, different from other years, was divided into four seasons and reviewed the major events which occurred at different stages throughout the year. The awards were presented according to a time line.
Ten individuals or groups were given awards during the ceremony, including the Olympic opening and closing production team led by Zhang Yimou and handicapped Olympic torch bearer Jin Jing.
The "Touching China" awards ceremony is held annually in honour of those whose performances have touched the nation over the past year.