Chinese people enjoy traditional ways to spend holiday

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China’s Spring Festival holiday is a time for fun and some ancient traditions never go out of style. CCTV’s reporter Hu Chuqiao gives us a look at how people are enjoying themselves across the country.

Chinese people enjoy traditional ways to spend holiday

Chinese people enjoy traditional ways to spend holiday

China’s Spring Festival holiday is a time for fun and some ancient traditions never go out of style. CCTV’s reporter Hu Chuqiao took us for a look at how people are enjoying themselves across the country.

In Beijing, tens of thousands of people are gathering for the annual temple fair at Ditan Park, also known as the Temple of Earth Park. They eat snacks and play carnival games at hundreds of stalls. Exhibitions of folk culture and Hutong culture are on display all around.

“We believe the character of the Ditan temple fair is showing the traditional culture of China and highlighting the flavor of Beijing,” a spokeswoman for the Ditan temple fair, Zhou Haifeng, said.

In Zhangjiakou of Hebei Province there’s the annual Dashuhua show, which means “beating flowers in the tree.”

Artists use spoons to spray molten iron on the wall. The blazing magma hits the cold stones and explodes into a unique form of fireworks rarely seen elsewhere in the world.

In Shaanxi Province, Cuju, or Chinese football, takes the stage in Xi’an city.

Playing Cuju during Spring Festival dates back at least 1,000 years to the Tang Dynasty when Xi’an was the capital of the nation. Commoners, nobility and even emperors and their concubines were big fans.