Home>News Center>China

Chinese celebrate New Year
Updated: 2005-01-02 09:55

People throughout China embraced the New Year of 2005 in a variety of ways.

Hundreds of residents in Beijing gathered around the Yongding Gate, a famous relic site of the city that was restored in November, to watch the dazzling night scenery here Friday. "It looks more beautiful now than in daytime," said a senior resident Zhou Lianfeng who usually take a 15-minute walk here everyday.

The gate and the nearby 1,000 by 285 meter square, approximately 5 kilometers south of the Tian'anmen Square, became a fascinating fairyland in the light of colorful bulbs, lamps and lanterns. All the street lamps, lights on public buildings in the city were also turned on.

Despite the extreme cold, many Chinese spent the first day of 2005 outdoors.

A total of 2,005 amateur runners climbed the Great Wall at Badaling, northern suburbs of Beijing, on Saturday. More than 10, 000 people went for a street long-distance running race in Shijiazhuang, capital of north China's Hebei Province.

More than 2,000 residents and visitors attended a New Year's national flag raising ceremony in front of the Potala Palace in Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region.

"The coming year will be very important to the Tibetan people and Tibet will have a bright prospect this year," said Gongbao Zhaxi, secretary of Lhasa City Committee of the Communist Party of China, who attended the ceremony.

Meanwhile, tens of thousands of Chinese and foreign travelers flocked to the beaches in Hainan, an island province in south China. International flights have been full during the New Year holidays, and the number of tourists from Russia, South Korea and Japan is rising rapidly, said sources from the airport in Sanya, a well-known resort at the southern coast of the island.

  Today's Top News     Top China News

Tsunami donation drive in full gear in China



Hu: China tolerates no attempt to split Taiwan



88 laws, regulations take effect



HK citizens march for social stability



Tsunami aid lands for survivors, unborns



US barred from limiting China textiles


  Hu: China tolerates no attempt to split Taiwan
  Beijing sets up SARS alarm system
  Chinese quake rescue team arrives in Banda Aceh
  FM confirms 4th death of national in tsunami
  Coal mine blast kills 10 miners in Hunan
  21 illegal CD production lines uncovered
  Go to Another Section  
  Story Tools  
  News Talk  
  It is time to prepare for Beijing - 2008