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Red lanterns light up for Chinese lunar New Year

02-01-2011 08:26 BJT Special Report:2011 Spring Festival |

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China is preparing to usher out the tiger and welcome in the year of the rabbit. The new year starts on February 3rd, but Beijing is already starting to turn red with thousands of traditional lanterns.

It's out with the old and in with the new, as thousands of red lanterns are prepared for the Chinese lunar New Year.

Craftsman, Zhou Jiqiang, hand makes lanterns at his workshop in Beijing.

He describes himself as an old school artist, and jealously guards the traditional methods of lantern making that have been used for centuries in China, but are all too often replaced for more modern practices in an industrialized China.

The new year starts on February 3rd, but Beijing is already starting to turn
red with thousands of traditional lanterns.(File photo)

To Zhou, the old way of lantern making helps guarantee the quality of his work.

But still, he has allowed some new things into his workshop.

Zhou Jiqiang, Craftsman, said, "Compared to the past, we've introduced many innovations to make lanterns. We use cloth of better quality and we have improved the quality of frames. We do patching and painting for lanterns by hand instead of machine, and the quality of lanterns is much better than before."

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