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China abounds in Spring Festival events


02-07-2016 13:24 BJT

Full coverage: 2016 Spring Festival

People across China are holding activities to create a festive atmosphere as the country's most important traditional festival approaches.

Festive spirits are in full swing across China, though different places have their own traditions and activities to celebrate this grand festival.

In North China's Hebei Province, hundreds of residents in Qinhuangdao dressed like the "Monkey King," the main character in the Chinese classical novel "Journey to the West". They staged a traditional performance named "Monkey played with the golden cudgel" to celebrate the festival.

In South China's Guizhou Province, local Tujia's new year's day is one day before ethnic Han's. Tujia villagers' traditional songs and dances symbolizing happiness and luck attracted tourists from all over the country on their holiday.

"I enjoyed the celebration events here. The traditional things here which I thought were lost impressed me a lot," said a tourist.

The Chinese New Year is also a time for families to be together. In East China's Shandong Province, villagers in the coastal county, Rushan, invited border guards into their homes to share their happiness.

"As a border guard, I need to stick to my post in the Spring festival. But I felt at home here," said a border guard.

Since the Spring Festival marks the first day of a brand new year, the first meal is rather important. In West China's Gansu Province, people will gather to enjoy a reunion meal made special by local characteristics.

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