Shopping is an integral part of the Lunar New Year preparations in rural China. Unlike urban dwellers, who rush to mega malls or shop online, rural residents prefer the hustle and bustle of outdoor markets, like this fair in the southern part of Liaoning Province.
A cherished cultural centerpiece of these preparations is the joy of heading to busy and colorful New Year markets to stock up on nianhuo, literally "New Year goods," meaning all the goodies, decorations, and other traditional items that fill homes with auspicious symbolism. There's an impressive amount of stocking up to do, for during the long holidays there is near-constant feasting and entertaining. Most food and snack items are bought beforehand because most retail operators shut down operations, at least for the first few days of the holiday.
CGTN brings you live from Hongqi rural fair in northeastern China's Liaoning Province and finds out what it is all about to prepare for the Lunar New Year in rural China.