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Festival takes on a global glow
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SpringFestival'straditionalfocusonfamilyseemedtotakeonamoreglobalsignificancethisyearasChina'sever-increasingimportanceintheOlympicfamilywascelebratedathomeandabroad. 

Withthe2022WinterGamesfastapproaching,ChineseparticipationiniceandsnowsportsstoodoutashighlightoftheLunarNewYearholidayasthecountryacceleratespreparationsforthegalaeventinBeijingandco-hostZhangjiakouinHebeiprovince.

Despitemuchcolderconditionsthaninrecentwinters,Zhangjiakou'sChonglidistrict,wheremostofthesnowsportswillbestagedin2022,welcomedarecord174,946visitorsfromFeb4-10,upninepercentfromlastyear.

Thatequatedtoa157millionyuan($23million)revenuebonanza,thedistrictgovernmentrevealedonTuesday.

Asthemostrecentlydevelopedofthearea'ssevenmajorresorts,ThaiwooSkiTownaveragedaround8,000visitorsaday,almostdoublelastyear'snumbers,whilethesevenresortsearnedover58millionyuaninticketssales,trainingfeesandgearrental.

"It'scriticalfortheGamestoleaveapositiveimpactonthelocaleconomyandwehaveseenthebenefitsalready,"saidLiHong,avice-mayorofZhangjiakou.

AlreadyabusyskidestinationbeforeBeijingwonthebidin2015,Chongliwillhostsixevents-snowboarding,freestyleskiing,skijumping,cross-countryskiing,biathlonandNordiccombined-whileBeijingdowntownanditsYanqingdistrictwillstagealltheicesportsandremainderofthesnowdisciplines.

Ontheglobalstage,ChineseathletesalsodidtheirparttowhipupextraenthusiasmfortheGamesbywinningmedalsattheFISFreestyleSkiandSnowboardingWorldChampionshipsinUtah.

SnowboarderCaiXuetongclaimedasilvermedalinthewomen'shalfpipeonSaturday,joiningDorianeVidalofFranceandAustralianHollyCrawfordtobecomethethirdwomaninhistorytowinmedalsatthreeconsecutiveworlds.

FemalefreestyleskierXuMengtaomadehermarkaswellbybaggingbronzeinaerialsonFeb7tobecometheonlyathlete-maleorfemale-tofinishonthepodiumateveryworldsoverthepastdecade.

"From2009to2019,fromateenagertoaveteran,IamsoproudofmyselfthatIamstillstandingonthepodiumtochasemydream.Thereisnobetterwaytocelebratethenewyear,"saidXu,a28-year-oldLiaoningnative.

OnFeb4,LunarNewYear'sEve,theOlympicMuseuminLausanne,SwitzerlandunderwentaChinesetransformation,withSpringFestival-themeddecoreonitsfrontgateandredlanternsinitsatrium.

The"ChinaRedLight-on2022"exhibition,partofthe"CheerfortheOlympics"series,wasstagedatthemuseumaspartoftheInternationalOlympicCommittee'scelebrationsfortheLunarNewYear.

IOCpresidentThomasBachwasonhandtoextendgreetingstotheChinesepeople.

"Firstofall,ahappynewyeartoalltheChinesepeople,"hesaidinhisopeningspeech."ThisyearwillgiveustheopportunitytocelebratetheOlympicspiritevenmoretogether.ThisiswhyweopenedherewiththisexhibitiononChineseartandcultureandtheOlympicvalues."

JoinedbyYuZaiqing,anIOCvicepresidentfromChina,BachlitredlanternstoilluminatetheOlympicrings.

OndisplayweredozensofpaintingsbyChineseartistCuiJingzheandaninkpaintingtitled'OlympicSpring'co-createdbyCui'sfamouscompatriotsHeJialin,WeiXiaorong,ChenPingandWangPing.

BachsaidtheexhibitionevokedthespiritofIOCfounderPierredeCoubertin,addingthat"theOlympicMovementcomprisessportandcultureasitstwofoundingpillars".

TheeventwasalsoattendedbymuseumdirectorFrancisGabet,andrepresentativesfromtheBeijing2022organizingcommittee'scultureandceremoniesdepartment.


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