Lights illuminate Spring Festival in Datong

(chindaily.com.cn)

Updated: 2020-01-21

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The 2020 China Datong Lantern Festival and the first Chinese international ACSEE Festival opens in Datong city in northern Shanxi province on Jan 20. [Photo/Datong Daily] 

The 2020 China Datong Lantern Festival and the first international ACSEE Festival in China kicked off in the Ancient City of Datong, in Datong city in northern Shanxi province on Jan 20, according to the organizers.

Sponsored by the Datong government, this year's China Datong Lantern Festival is in its seventh season and runs to Feb 16.

A total of six lantern groups are themed around happy Datong, the energy revolution, poverty alleviation, Chinese traditions, Spring Festival and entertainment for children.

They have been installed on and at the foot of the ancient city walls of the Ancient City of Datong.

In addition to traditional lanterns is the ACSEE Festival, which is video mapping contest and light performances given by international artists, folk festival celebrations and dashuhua -- spraying molten iron which resembles a firework display.

During the event, 23 activities in six categories -- combining the lanterns, Spring Festival and fashion culture -- will be organized to offer locals and visitors unforgettable Chinese New Year experiences.