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Feeling Spring Festival Vibes in China's Chongqing Through Local Eyes ①

By CHANG CHEN|Feb 02,2024

Chongqing - Little New Year, or Xiaonian in Chinese, is one of China's traditional festivals. It is said that after the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), North China celebrated the Xiaonian Festival on the 23rd day of the last month of the Chinese traditional lunar calendar, while South China celebrated it on the 24th day. Despite the differing dates between the North and the South, this day is universally considered the prelude to the Spring Festival.

With the Year of the Dragon and the Spring Festival of 2024 approaching, the "New Year mode" is about to kick off, and the festive atmosphere in Chongqing is becoming increasingly palpable. Across the vast lands of Bayu, the city's distinctive customs, the everyday life of its citizens, and the dazzling urban lights all reflect the city's aspirations for bidding farewell to the old and welcoming the new, embracing good fortune. Let's take a look at the Chinese Lunar New Year flavor of new Chongqing through the lens of its residents!

The photo taken on Jan. 31, 2024, shows the Caiyuanba Yangtze River Bridge in Chongqing adorned with lanterns, brimming with the ambiance of the New Year. (Photo/Lin Jie)

The photo taken on Jan. 31, 2024, shows the Caiyuanba Yangtze River Bridge in Chongqing adorned with lanterns, brimming with the ambiance of the New Year. (Photo/Lin Jie)

The photo taken on Jan. 27, 2024, at the lakeside square of Dadukou Park in Chongqing, captures the enchanting scene of "iron flowers," a folk art performance of throwing molten iron to create fireworks. As iron sparks blossom like silver flowers, thousands of stars seem to light up the sky. Instantly, it evokes the sensation of the Chinese Lunar New Year's arrival. (Photo/Lin Jie)

The photo taken on Jan. 27, 2024, at the lakeside square of Dadukou Park in Chongqing, captures the enchanting scene of "iron flowers," a folk art performance of throwing molten iron to create fireworks. As iron sparks blossom like silver flowers, thousands of stars seem to light up the sky. Instantly, it evokes the sensation of the Chinese Lunar New Year's arrival. (Photo/Lin Jie)

The photo, taken on Jan. 30, 2024, showcases the vibrant Chinese New Year atmosphere at Longfor Times Paradise Walk in Chongqing. The festive mood is crafted through a giant lantern, red zebra crossings, and large-scale images of "Fu" and "Lu" symbols representing happiness and good fortune, seamlessly connecting the Paradise Walk's C/D/E halls. The design delivers a powerful visual impact and a festive vibe, drawing in crowds of locals and tourists alike, making it a popular spot in the city. (Photo/Zhai Haohao)

The photo, taken on Jan. 17, 2024, displays the rich Chinese New Year atmosphere at Longfor Times Paradise Walk in Chongqing. The zebra crossings have been transformed into a festive bright red, featuring a large lantern for the Year of the Dragon in the center. The overhead pedestrian walkways are adorned with celebratory phrases, immersing visitors in the strong essence of the holiday season. (Photo/Lin Jie)

The photo, taken on Jan. 28, 2024, in Ciqikou Ancient Town, Chongqing, captures the bustling human warmth of the area. With lanterns adorning the beams of houses and a constant flow of people along the old streets, it all converges here, embodying a lively community spirit. (Photo/Lin Jie)

The photo, captured on Jan. 27, 2024, in Dashiba, Chongqing, showcases "iron flowers," a folk art performance of throwing molten iron to create fireworks. One of the most anticipated activities before the New Year is watching "iron flowers," where droplets of molten iron transform into sparkling points of light as if silver blossoms are falling and stars are blossoming. (Photo/Weng Jie)


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