Chongqing - As the Chinese New Year approaches, the streets of Chongqing transform into a vibrant tapestry of lights, colors, and joyous celebration. The bustling city, known for its rich cultural heritage and stunning landscape, dons its festive attire, inviting both locals and visitors to immerse in the spirit of the season.
From the historic alleys of Shibati adorned with bright red lanterns to the mesmerizing iron flower performances, Chongqing's residents capture the essence of the festival through their lenses, showcasing their anticipation for new beginnings.
The photo was taken in Southwest China's Chongqing on Jan. 17, 2024. As night falls on Hongya Cave, bustling with traffic, little lanterns decorate the scene, attracting tourists to take photos. (Photo/Li Xiaoxiang)
The photo was taken in Chongqing, Southwest China, in January 2024. "Iron flowers," a folk art performance of throwing molten iron to create fireworks, is a national intangible cultural heritage and a brave and romantic specialty of Bayu culture for celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year. Artisans fling molten iron into the air using wooden boards, creating a dazzling display of sparks like fireworks blooming in the night sky, resembling a magnificent "iron flower rain." (Photo/Li Xiaoxiang)
The photo was taken in Southwest China's Chongqing on Jan. 21, 2024. Chongqing's Shibati scenic area is adorned with red lanterns, brimming with the festive spirit of the New Year, with the lanterns lighting up the streets in a warm red glow. (Photo/Fei Jian)
The photo was taken in Southwest China's Chongqing on Jan. 28, 2024. In contrast to the daytime's bustling crowds, the evening in Ciqikou Ancient Town offers a more serene and peaceful atmosphere. The lights from the shops evoke the sense of an ancient street filled with the intense atmosphere of the New Year. (Photo/Fei Jian)
The photo was taken in Southwest China's Chongqing on Jan. 25, 2024. Mountain City Alley hosts fewer visitors at night than during the day, but the beautiful night scene and the residents under the night sky create the most beautiful picture. (Photo/Fei Jian)
The photo was taken in Chongqing, Southwest China, in January 2024. Cured meat carries the flavor of salt, mountains, wind, sunlight, and time; it embodies human warmth and the essence of the Chinese New Year. (Photo/Dai Meng)
The photo was taken in Chongqing, Southwest China, in January 2024. Chongqing's Longxi Street has set up a centralized curing site using environmentally friendly curing machines to ensure safety during the festival season and accommodate the tradition of curing meat for the New Year. This initiative not only addresses the issue of smoke pollution and ensures community safety but also preserves the rich festive atmosphere. (Photo/Xiao Jin)
The photo was taken in Southwest China's Chongqing on Jan. 20, 2024. For the first time in Chongqing's central city, performers showcased the Dazu intangible cultural heritage — the Zhong'ao Fire Dragon. Performers, bare-chested and in shorts, danced through sparks and firecrackers shooting from all directions around the arena, aiming to drive away illnesses and pray for good weather, auspiciousness, and peace. (Photo/Zhang Le)