Holiday celebrations to focus on culture, heritage | Updated: 2023-01-17

The Silk Road Culture and Art Center Square in Zhangye, Gansu province, came alive with dragon and lion dances on Jan 13, to mark the upcoming Spring Festival.

A wide range of intangible cultural heritage displays and related activities are already being planned, including folk performances, handicraft works exhibitions, and traditional food, topped off with a light show, to deliver a wonderful cultural feast to visitors.

The event, which run until Feb 14, is co-sponsored by the Gansu Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism and the Zhangye Municipal People's Government.


Dragon dance is spotted in Zhangye, Gansu province, to welcome Spring Festival. [Photo by Cheng Lin]


Lion dance is presented to visitors in Zhangye, Gansu province. [Photo by Cheng Lin]


Holidaymakers enjoy shehuo, which can translate into temple fire, originally involved parades with lit lanterns and torches. [Photo by Cheng Lin]


Performers play the Taiping Drum. [Photo by Cheng Lin]


Some locals perform guozhuang, a favorite collective bonfire dance for Tibetans. [Photo by Cheng Lin]