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Taer Monastery, a prominent Buddhist monastery in northwestern part ofChina's Qinghai Province, held a butter sculpture exhibition on Sunday in celebration of the Lantern Festival.
The Third Session of the Pinggu Lantern Festival celebrations kicked off on February 24 in Beijing. Accompanied by 26 beautiful flower parades, 60 teams put their best performing foot forward by staging both traditional and modern dances, and athletic performances.
Elephant-Trunk Hill is a symbol of Guilin and became famous for looking like a giant elephant drinking water with its trunk. It is a masterpiece of karst landscape, usually composed of pure limestone deposited on the seabed 360 million years ago. A cave called Moon-over-Water Cave is located between the nose and the leg of the hill, which looks extremely gorgeous when the moonlight gleams. The Puxian Pagpda, built in Ming Dynasty, stands on the top of the hill. [bbs.fengniao/ by 钱钱]
People play the drum and gong at a temple fair to celebrate the Lantern Festival in Taiyuan Zoo in Taiyuan, capital of north China's Shanxi Province, Feb. 24, 2013. Chinese people received the Lantern Festival on Feb. 24, the 15th day of the first lunar month this year. [Xinhua/Yan Yan]
A herdsman takes a photo on his camel during the traditional livestock prosperity festival at Hexigten Banner in Chifeng, north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Feb. 21, 2013. The festival is a special day typically held around the Spring Festival, on which nomadic Mongolians celebrates the new year for their livestocks herds. During the festival, people go out camping tents, examine the health problems of their livestock, and dressing up the male livestock. [Xinhua/Sun Guoshu]
Dianping.com, one of China's largest consumer review websites, released a report recently on the popularity of snack restaurants among its users, the results of which showed that snack restaurants in Xi'an have the highest number of page views compared with other restaurants from 23 other major cities of China.
The Chinese Cloisonn Museum, situated in Beijing Enamel Factory, has been providing to the public a free tour of its production facility since February 9, 2013. Visitors can observe closely the production techniques of tradition Chinese enamel.
Meizhou Island is a small island close to the shore of Putian, Fujian Province. It is known for being the birthplace of Matsu, or Mazu, who is the indigenous goddess of the sea and is said to protect fishermen and sailors. She is the patron deity of all southern Chinese and East Asians. The Ming Dynasty witnessed the construction of many temples dedicated to her across China. These temples later also spread to other countries with large numbers of Southern Chinese inhabitants.
Tourists view lanterns at a park in Yangcheng County, north China's Shanxi Province, Feb. 18, 2013. A lantern shows started in Yangcheng County at Monday night. Chinese traditional Lantern Festival this year falls on Feb. 24, 2013. (Xinhua/Chen Yuanzi)
The ice lantern scene in Longqing Gorge, a main venue of the Yanqing Ice and Snow Tourism Festival in Beijings suburb area. The festival features ice lantern exhibition, ice and snow sculpture exhibition, outdoor activities including skiing and skating, and many other cultural activities. Held from December to February, the festival attracts millions of visitors every year. [China.org.cn/Jia Deyong]
Photo taken on Feb. 15 shows tourists walking on the Traditional Culture Pedestrian Street in Tianjin. According to the statistics issued on Feb. 15, by the national holiday tourism office for coordination meeting of inter-ministry and department, the totoal number of people touring 39 major resort and tourist cities of China reached 76,000,000 during this year's seven-day Spring Festival holiday, up 15 percent year on year. And the number of tourists visiting 33 popular scenic spots across China increased by 20 percent year on year. [Source: xinhuanet.com/photo]
Photo shows the collection at the exhibition Religious Art and Culture from Taipei Museum of World Religions at the Capital Museum in Beijing, capital of China. The exhibition, which was opened on Dec. 28, 2012, gives an introduction to world religions by demonstrating 104 religious relics and multimedia information. [China.org.cn]