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Celebrating the Spring Festival in Chongqing | City in the Lens④

By TAN XINYU|Feb 11,2024

Chongqing - With the arrival of the Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival, the festive atmosphere envelops Chongqing, transforming its streets and alleys with colorful lights and decorations.

The city’s residents craft a unique New Year’s ambiance in their distinctive ways. Some capture moments of joy with their cameras, freezing the brilliant spectacle of sparks in celebration. Others gather at elaborate hundred-meter-long banquets, where they enjoy captivating performances, collectively immersing themselves in the rich ambiance of the festival. Yet others savor the sweet taste of candied hawthorn skewers, relishing the sugary delights of the season.

The traditional dragon dance adds a festive touch, symbolizing the new year’s dynamic and prosperous start. Residents also partake in traditional crafts such as paper cutting and calligraphy, creating unique expressions of good wishes. These activities contribute to a warm and artistically enriched atmosphere as the new year unfolds.

Spectators in Chongqing captured the "datiehua" folk art on January 26, 2024, where molten metal was splashed to create light streaks. (Photo/Huang Kun)

People perform “Zhong’ao Fire Dragon” folk art, an intangible cultural heritage in the Dazu district of Chongqing, to pray for good luck in Chongqing on January 20, 2024. (Photo/Zhang Le)

A woman stands under the lantern, ready to savor the just-purchased candied hawthorn skewer in Chongqing on January 21, 2024. (Photo/Fei Jian)

People create paper-cut window decorations to celebrate the Spring Festival in Chongqing on February 4, 2024. (Photo/Zhang Shuping)

Children watch artisans making sugar paintings in Chongqing on February 4, 2024. (Photo/Zhang Shuping)

People gather at elaborate hundred-meter-long banquets, enjoying captivating performances in Chongqing on February 2, 2024. (Photo/Lei Jian)

A girl in Chongqing is writing Spring Festival couplets to express best wishes on February 4, 2024. (Photo/Zhang Qing)

A woman is enjoying the festive lanterns in Chongqing on February 3, 2024. (Photo/Chen Yanhong)


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