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Preparations are underway for the "Pingyao 2014 Chinese New Year" and the traditional Spring Festival.
The Datong Wenmiao Temple, in the old city of Datong, Shanxi province, has become a new cultural highlight that is not only a scenic spot but also is a place for developing traditional Chinese culture.
Shanxi's First Lantern Festival will take place at the China Taiyuan Coal Transaction Center, in Taiyuan, capital of Shanxi province, Jan 28 - Feb 23.
The making of dough figurines, a traditional craftsmanship, has a rich cultural tradition of thousands of years.
The celebrations will run from Jan 23 to Feb 15, with eight major activities.
Shanxi province recently released to the world 10 most famous dishes, its commerce bureau has reported, based on their taste, ingredients, nutritional benefits, color, and cultural connotations.
A new group of Pingyao county projects are on the most recent Shanxi provincial cultural heritage list -- five in all -- bringing the total number of Pingyao programs of this kind to 16.
An art exhibition of the watercolor works of Liu Changyou opened at the Shanxi University Art Gallery, in the city of Taiyuan, capital of Shanxi province, on Dec 28.
Pingyao and Provins have had a cooperation memorandum since 2002, and, in 2005, became sister cities to share their cultural heritage.
There was a new year's concert by the Strauss Orchestra, at the Shanxi Theater, in the city of Taiyuan, capital of Shanxi province, on Dec 31.