Grand national flag-raising ceremony takes place in Beijing

Grand national flag-raising ceremony takes place in Beijing

On January 1, 2023, people wave national flags after a grand national flag-raising ceremony was held at Tian'anmen Square in Beijing, capital of China. The ceremony was part of the celebrations for the New Year's Day. ZHANG CHENLIN XINHUA BEIJING -- Early on Sunday morning, a grand national flag-raising ceremony took place at Tian'anmen Square in Beijing and launched the New Year's Day celebrations in China.

I want to watch the national flag-raising ceremony in Tian'anmen Square. It is my first wish for the New Year! said seven-year old Qiao Xuwen.

The Harbin Ice-Snow World theme park welcomed its first visitors in the year 2023 in the country's ice city of Harbin, where the temperature had dropped to minus 20 degrees Celsius.

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In this 810,000-square-meter park, 150,000 cubic meters of ice and snow have been turned into hundreds of landscapes for tourists to enjoy.

I come here with my friends to celebrate the New Year. A tourist surnamed Feng said the colder I feel, the happier I am. I can't wait to see the giant illuminated snow sculptures at night. A night market in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality has been drawing consumers since New Year's Eve with its unique intangible cultural heritage demonstrations and products.

A sugar painter, Zhong Kui, scooped up a spoonful of malt syrup from the pot. As he moved the spoon around, the steaming syrup poured down onto an iron plate, forming a beautiful pattern.

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I used to sell sugar paintings in the street by shouting out loud, but now I don't have to. More and more people are drawn to traditional cultures such as sugar painting, said Zhong. In Shanghai, 23 year-old Cui Qiaosen and his fellow workers were tying up steel bars at a construction site on the first day of 2023.

The city's first municipal railway is about to stretch 68.6 km and slash the travel time between the two airports from 1.5 hours to 40 minutes.

Cui said that we want to catch up with progress before the Spring Festival, so we will have a worry-free holiday.