Molten iron throwing show highlights festive vibe

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Chinese blacksmiths spray arcs of molten iron to the air, offering a visual feast to residents in Meishan City, Sichuan Province, January 27, 2024. /CFP
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Chinese blacksmiths spray arcs of molten iron to the air, offering a visual feast to residents in Meishan City, Sichuan Province, January 27, 2024. /CFP
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Chinese blacksmiths spray arcs of molten iron to the air, offering a visual feast to residents in Meishan City, Sichuan Province, January 27, 2024. /CFP
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Chinese blacksmiths spray arcs of molten iron to the air, offering a visual feast to residents in Meishan City, Sichuan Province, January 27, 2024. /CFP

Blacksmiths sent arcs of molten iron flying through the air in a fantastic display of fireworks, creating a visual feast for onlookers lining the banks of the Minjiang River in Meishan City, Sichuan Province, and drawing crowds of residents to enjoy the vibrant spectacle. This traditional folk performance is known as “Datiehua” or “Dashuhua” in Chinese and has a history dating back some 1,000 years. Listed as an intangible cultural heritage, it serves as a traditional celebration during China’s Spring Festival and Lantern Festival.

Universal Beijing Resort kicks off Chinese New Year events

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The Universal Beijing Resort kicked off its “Universal’s Chinese New Year” event on January 27, 2024 to embrace the upcoming Spring Festival. /CFP
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The Universal Beijing Resort kicked off its “Universal’s Chinese New Year” event on January 27, 2024 to embrace the upcoming Spring Festival. /CFP
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The Universal Beijing Resort kicked off its “Universal’s Chinese New Year” event on January 27, 2024 to embrace the upcoming Spring Festival. /CFP
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The Universal Beijing Resort kicked off its “Universal’s Chinese New Year” event on January 27, 2024 to embrace the upcoming Spring Festival. /CFP

With a stunning array of Chinese New Year decorations, captivating performances, festive culinary delights and enticing merchandise, Universal Beijing Resort has kicked off its “Universal’s Chinese New Year” event, inviting visitors to soak up the vibrant spirit of Spring Festival and relish this unforgettable immersive experience.

Foodwise: Fuding

The hosts are in Fuding, Fujian Province in southeast China for the Dragon Boat Festival, where teams of rowers compete against each other in narrow dragon-shaped boats. From making and eating zongzi rice dumplings to trying local street food, the hosts take part in the festivities before exploring the world of white tea, from visiting its “mother tree” to drinking it in a zen temple, and even feasting on a white tea banquet!

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Foodwise: Hangzhou 1

In this episode Tianran and Hannah are in Hangzhou, a city with over 2000 years of history and capital of two ancient Chinese dynasties. From the famous West Lake to delicate Dragon Well tea, our hosts experience Hangzhou’s must-do attractions, savouring the local cuisine and trying everything from winter melon shaped like pork belly, to food cooked according to Traditional Chinese Medicine principles, and even Buddhist noodles and Zen tea. 

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Foodwise: Hangzhou 2

In this episode, Tianran and Hannah continue their tea-tasting journey along Hangzhou’s Qiantang River, exploring the region’s historical culture and culinary delights. They head to Anding mountain, enjoying misty tea at the summit. In Longmen ancient town, they dive into traditional Chinese clan culture and savor “Sun Quan Seitan.” Shishe Village reveals a revitalized community, leaving Hannah enamored with gray soup rice dumplings. Additionally, the fish head soup and caviar at Qiandao lake leave Tianran a great impression of the area. Jiukeng tea also captivates their senses. Their Hangzhou adventure ends by the ancient tea trees. The foodies immersed in the fragrance of different kinds of tea.

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Wufu Ancient Town: Echoes of neo-Confucian heritage

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A view of Wufu Ancient Town in the Wuyi Mountains, Fujian Province. /CGTN
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A view of Wufu Ancient Town in the Wuyi Mountains, Fujian Province. /CGTN
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A view of Wufu Ancient Town in the Wuyi Mountains, Fujian Province. /CGTN
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A view of Wufu Ancient Town in the Wuyi Mountains, Fujian Province. /CGTN
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A view of Wufu Ancient Town in the Wuyi Mountains, Fujian Province. /CGTN
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A view of Wufu Ancient Town in the Wuyi Mountains, Fujian Province. /CGTN

Wufu Ancient Town in Fujian Province, southeast China, was home to the famous 12th-century neo-Confucianist Zhu Xi for more than 50 years. Running alongside Xingxian Street, the canal is a marvel of water management. Its zigzag path serves multiple functions, from providing water for people’s daily needs to vital fire protection. Today, the canal remains central to daily life, evoking scenes from the Tang and Song dynasties (618-1279), where residents still wash their vegetables and clothes.

Unveiling the symbolism behind 'Loong Chenchen' in Chinese culture

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The journey from the ancient totems to the auspicious symbols of the loong, or Chinese dragon, which gradually evolved into a spiritual symbol and cultural icon for the Chinese people, has played a crucial role in China’s vast history spanning 5,000 years.

Loong Chenchen, as the mascot of the 2024 Spring Festival Gala of China Media Group (CMG) in the Year of the Loong, seamlessly integrates elements from China’s 5,000-year history of national treasures in its unique design.

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The design of the mascot’s face was inspired by a loong-shaped artifact made up of over 2,000 pieces of turquoise that was unearthed from an ancient aristocrat’s tomb at the Erlitou Archaeological Site in the Yanshi District of Luoyang City, Henan Province. This artifact, now housed in the China Archaeological Museum, testifies to the ancestral worship of the loong as a totem dating back to the Xia Dynasty (2070-1600 BC).

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Incorporating elements from a cloud-patterned bronze artifact from the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 BC) known as a “jin” in Chinese, Loong Chenchen’s eyebrows and shoulders evoke the artistic imagination and expression of China’s ancient craftsmen. Unearthed in 1978 in Xiasi, Xichuan County, Henan Province, this bronze artifact is now held in the permanent collection of the Henan Museum.

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The design of Loong Chenchen’s abdomen and spine was inspired by the “He Zun,” which is a sacrificial vessel made by a nobleman from the early Western Zhou Dynasty (1046-771 BC) named He. It was unearthed in 1963 in Baoji City, Shaanxi Province and is now housed in the Baoji Bronze Ware Museum.

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Designers of Loong Chenchen’s fins drew inspiration from a gilded walking loong, a relic from the Tang Dynasty (618-907) showcased in the Xi’an Museum. Historical records suggest that the Tang Dynasty’s sacrificial ceremonies included a loong casting ritual, and the intricate walking loong may have played an important role in this ancient tradition.

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And the design of Loong Chenchen’s claws was inspired by the dragons on the Nine-Dragon Wall at the Palace Museum in Beijing. The Nine-Dragon Wall is a type of ancient architectural screen designed to demarcate space. The three renowned Nine-Dragon Walls in China – one in the Forbidden City, one in Beihai Park, and one in Datong, Shanxi Province – stand as testaments to the historical significance of these structures in defining spatial boundaries.

Lotus seed popsicles: A sweet escape in Fujian

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Lotus seeds are used to make popsicles in Fujian Province. /CGTN
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Lotus seeds are used to make popsicles in Fujian Province. /CGTN
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Lotus seeds are used to make popsicles in Fujian Province. /CGTN
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Lotus seeds are used to make popsicles in Fujian Province. /CGTN
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Lotus seeds are used to make popsicles in Fujian Province. /CGTN
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Lotus seeds are used to make popsicles in Fujian Province. /CGTN

Lotus seeds are a versatile ingredient renowned for their light and fluffy texture, which often appears in dessert soups in southeast China. In the heart of the Wuyi Mountains in Fujian Province, a naturally milky lotus seed soup is carefully poured into popsicle molds, resulting in a refreshing and delicious summer treat. It’s a must-try for those seeking a sweet escape from the hot Fujian sun. 

'Dancing Dragon and Whistling Flowers' among Miao people

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A file photo shows a “Dancing Dragon and Whistling Flowers” performance in Taijiang, Guizhou Province. /IC
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A file photo shows a “Dancing Dragon and Whistling Flowers” performance in Taijiang, Guizhou Province. /IC
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A file photo shows a “Dancing Dragon and Whistling Flowers” performance in Taijiang, Guizhou Province. /IC
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A file photo shows a “Dancing Dragon and Whistling Flowers” performance in Taijiang, Guizhou Province. /IC

In a similar celebration to the fire dragon dance, the “Dancing Dragon and Whistling Flowers” event takes place every year among the Miao ethnic group in Taijiang, southwest China’s Guizhou Province. In this activity, bare-chested dragon dancers move gracefully amid the glow of fire, creating a thrilling spectacle that is often hailed as the “game of the brave.”

Typically, the dragon dance kicks off on the ninth day of the first month of the traditional Chinese calendar. Dancers navigate through the streets and enter people’s homes to extend New Year’s greetings, accompanied by the rhythmic beats of drums and gongs, presenting a lively performance. Amid the dancing sparks, people pray for a safe and smooth year ahead.