Thousands gather for ancestor worship ceremony

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In a culture thousands of years old, sites of historical and spiritual importance are everywhere. But in China’s northern Shanxi province, one county holds a special significance. Tens-of-thousands from across China and from around the world are visiting to pay tribute to their ancestors. CCTV’s Hu Chao filed this report.

Thousands gather for ancestor worship ceremony

Thousands gather for ancestor worship ceremony

In a culture thousands of years old, sites of historical and spiritual importance are everywhere. But in China's northern Shanxi province, one county holds a special significance. Tens-of-thousands from across China and from around the world are visiting to pay tribute to their ancestors. CCTV's Hu Chao filed this report.

Highlights:

  • This is the 25th Hongtong Grand Scholar Tree Culture Festival.
  • The festival that pays tribute to those who left Hongtong County many years ago under royal diktat.
  • The Hongtong Grand Scholar Tree Park covers an area of around 200,000 square meters.
  • Park officials say the number of visitors on tomb-sweeping day has reached nearly 150,000. So far this year, the park has received over 10,000 overseas Chinese visitors.

  • Wang Yihong on the Qing ming festival
    For more on the Qing ming festival, CCTV spoke to Wang Yihong. She is an associate professor at Peking University. She specializes in Intercultural and multinational communication.

    Wang Yihong on the Qing ming festival

    Wang Yihong on the Qing ming festival

    For more on the Qing ming festival, CCTV spoke to Wang Yihong. She is an associate professor at Peking University. She specializes in Intercultural and multinational communication.