A battered and bruised Hong Kong rushed to clean up on Monday (September 30) ahead of the October 1st National Day.
It's Communist China's 70th birthday and authorities here are eager to put their best face forward But anti-government protesters have other ideas, and plan to take to the streets.
Their movement escalated over the weekend with some of the most violent clashes since demonstrations kicked off in June.
Protesters threw petrol bombs and set fires, sometimes targeting government offices Police responded with tear gas and water cannons.
They even fired live ammunition: a so-called "warning shot" to protect their own safety.
Demonstrators are angry about what they see as Beijing's creeping control over the former British colony.
But one of their main targets - Carrie Lam - won't be here in person to witness the action.
She apparently made a last-minute decision to mark the anniversary in Beijing.
Meanwhile, mainland China is taking a day to remember those who died in the founding of the country.
Hundreds of troops and officials gathered on Tiananmen Square for a solemn ceremony headlined by President Xi Jinping.
They watched as an honor guard laid flowers at a monument dedicated to national heroes.
On Tuesday (October 1) the country will shift gears and celebrate its 70th birthday with a massive military parade.