28.01.2022 – 18:00
The Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is the most important Chinese festival where family gatherings take center stage. It’s like a combination of Christmas and New Year.
The Spring Festival falls on February 1st this year. From delicious food to new clothes, decorations and entertainment, Chinese families celebrate the festival in hopes of a new beginning and happiness for the year ahead.
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday visited residents of north China’s Shanxi Province, where he was staying days before the Spring Festival.
For 10 consecutive years, Xi has made it a tradition to visit people in different parts of China and extend warm greetings and best wishes to them.
“I feel reassured”
Despite the snow, Xi visited Fengnanyuan Village in Huozhou City on Wednesday, where he visited people affected by last year’s floods that impacted the lives of 1.76 million residents in Shanxi.
“I came to Shanxi today mainly out of concern for the people whose work and lives were affected by last year’s disaster,” Xi told villagers.
After touring the post-disaster reconstruction and doing on-site work to restore agriculture and ensure people’s heating supply in winter, Xi said, “I feel reassured.”
In his past trips leading up to the Spring Festival, Xi sat down with residents, listened to their concerns and participated in festival preparations, ranging from making sticky rice cakes to baking dough and pasting scraps of red paper.
Xi’s trips are an example of his “people first” approach, which not only shows these rural folk that they have not been forgotten, but also gives them hope for a better life in the year to come.
Rural revitalization in full swing
During the inspection trip to Duancun Village in Fenxi County on Wednesday afternoon, Xi urged consolidating poverty alleviation achievements by promoting rural vitalization, which is an indispensable part of the country’s modernization efforts.
He told a group of villagers that the modernization of rural areas will be realized and residents will have an increasingly bright future.
In February 2021, China officially declared that it had eliminated absolute poverty, meaning the Chinese people had fulfilled a long-cherished wish for plenty of food and clothing, as well as comfortable housing.
Since then, China has been working to promote rural industry, advance the application of agricultural technology, and cultivate beautiful landscapes.
According to China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, a total of 50 modern agricultural industrial zones, 50 special strength industrial clusters and 298 strong agribusiness cities were established nationwide in 2021.
Original content by: CGTN, transmitted by news aktuell