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Dress rehearsals held at five different venues

Reporter: Meng Qingsheng 丨 CCTV.com

01-31-2016 12:56 BJT

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With the traditional Spring Festival just days away now, producers at China Central Television are in the final stages of preparation for this year’s New Year’s Eve gala. The event this year features performances from five different venues across the country, with Beijing serving as the main one.

The dress rehearsal at north-west China’s Xi’an City, the starting point of the ancient Silk Road, features its folk dance. The city was the capital for 13 ancient dynasties, including the Tang, the golden age of ancient Chinese civilization.

In Fujian’s Quanzhou, in East China, the starting point of the ancient maritime Silk Road, hundreds of lanterns were lit for the gala.

Performances at the rehearsal highlight the special local customs, and arts from just across the Taiwan Strait.

The nearby Guangzhou venue showcases the beauty of southern China. The Cantonese opera, listed as China’s intangible cultural heritage takes the center stage. The rehearsal also features martial arts and lion dancing.

Inner Mongolia is the northern-most venue. The majority of performers are local herdsmen. Its director says something unique is included in the show.

“We will present at the gala major elements of the Nadam Fair, including teams of horses and camels, bonfires as well as snow sculptures. They are unique to us here,” said Liu Gang, director of Inner Mongolia venue.

At the Gala’s main venue, Beijing, performers, both familiar and new to the audience, are hoping to bring the best of their artistic expertise.

“The song I will present at the gala is very cheerful and full of hope. That’s just like the theme of the gala: achieve the Chinese Dream and build a well-off society,” singer Liao Changyong said.

The gala has been held annually by CCTV since 1983. It provides an opportunity for diversified art forms to reach hundreds of millions of viewers across the world.

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