The old site of Xingguo Temple is holding a Spring Festival couplet writing activity.Photo by Hu Jian
Chinanews.com, Jinzhong, January 14th (Reporter Hu Jian) During the Lunar New Year, auspicious snow drifts, and the ancient city of Pingyao, a thousand-year-old city, ushered in the annual “Pingyao Chinese Year” on the 14th.
On the 14th, the 24-day Pingyao Chinese Year kicked off.Photo by Hu Jian
Welcome ceremony in Ming and Qing Dynasties, traditional lion dance, ancient boudoir show, global robot carnival… As an annual event representing the traditional cultural characteristics of the northern Han nationality, “Pingyao Chinese Year” is moving from tradition to trend.
At 6:30 in the morning, Jin opera actors from Shijia Jin Theater in Shanxi began to apply makeup. They climbed up the ancient city wall in full dress and brought the Jin opera “Da Jinzhi” to the guests. “Every Lunar New Year, we will perform Jin opera in the ancient city to show tourists the traditional culture of Shanxi.” said Hou Jiping, the leader of Shanxi Shijia Jin Theater.
Actors from Shijiajin Theater in Shanxi performed “Da Jinzhi”.Photo by Hu Jian
The sky is getting brighter, and the ancient city of Pingyao is decorated with lanterns and festoons everywhere, and the shimmering light from the lanterns is reflected on the white snow. At the former site of Xingguo Temple in the ancient city, calligraphy lovers are writing Spring Festival couplets in hand, and the traditional woodblock New Year pictures show a strong flavor of the New Year. In the Hanfu Hall, people wore Hanfu to experience “traveling through history”, and the robots in the Movie Palace “showed their abilities” attracted tourists to watch, and guests from all over the world experienced the new trendy customs of the ancient city in the snow.
Located in the Pingyao Movie Palace, the Universal Robot Carnival exhibition area has seven exhibition areas, including Robot Carnival, New Year’s Shopping, Auto Action, and Guochao New Life. The Robot Carnival area displays more than 200 types of the latest robots and more than 20 sets of yuan. Cosmos interactive equipment adds a sense of technology to this year’s “Pingyao Year of China”.
Calligraphy lovers are writing Spring Festival couplets.Photo by Hu Jian
Wang Yuming, a tourist who came here from Xi’an, had longed for the ancient city of Pingyao for a long time. What he didn’t expect was that he ran into the “county magistrate” during this journey. “Just now a row of people in Ming and Qing costumes passed by me. I heard that they were performing a tour of the ‘Master of the County’. This trip to Pingyao not only saw the ancient buildings of the Ming and Qing Dynasties, but also experienced the customs of the Spring Festival in the Ming and Qing Dynasties .” Wang Yuming said.
The majestic gongs and drums team from Yuebi Township.Photo by Hu Jian
Strolling through the ancient city, many shops and inns are planning to take advantage of the popularity of “Pingyao Chinese Year” to restart. The “Yonglonghao” Tuiguang lacquerware store located on the South Street of the ancient city has opened its doors to welcome customers during the New Year’s Day, feeling the heat of the ancient city. “In previous years, during the ‘Pingyao Chinese Year’, there would be tourists from all over the country. I hope that through this series of annual activities for more than 20 days, the tourism in the ancient city will be promoted, so that more people can understand the culture of pushers and feel the charm of the ancient city.” Dong Chunli, manager of the “Yonglong” Tuiguang lacquerware shop, said.
On the 14th, snow fell, adding winter charm to the ancient city of Pingyao.Photo by Hu Jian
The “Pingyao Chinese Year” event lasted from January 14 (the 23rd of the twelfth lunar month) to February 6 (the 16th of the first lunar month), a total of 24 days. During the period, 27 colorful folk activities will be staged in the ancient city, such as the “Prosperous Pingyao” Achievement Exhibition, Journey Through Han Style and Elegant Rhythm, Live Tour of the Ancient City, New Year Customs “Noisy” New Year, Lantern Festival Social Fire Performance, etc. The cultural charm of the traditional year of the Han nationality in the north. (Finish)