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chinadaily.com.cn 2024-01-25 11:11


> Yuyuan Lantern Festival shines in Paris
豫园灯会走出国门 闪耀巴黎风情园



The annual Yuyuan Garden lantern show in Shanghai, which has been listed as one of China's forms of intangible cultural heritage, is one of the country's oldest lantern fairs, where locals go to soak up the festive atmosphere and wish each other well during the Spring Festival.


Now, the beloved Yuyuan Garden lantern show is taking place outside of China for the very first time, with 60 large-sized luminous structures and more than 2,000 lanterns illuminating the Jardin d'Acclimatation - the oldest amusement park in Paris, as a way to celebrate the upcoming 2024 Year of the Dragon with an intriguing blend of Eastern and Western culture.


From dragon-shaped lanterns to motifs inspired by the legendary world of Shanhai Jing, or "The Classic of Mountains and Seas", a Chinese literary classic, the Yuyuan Garden lantern show in Paris has built a world of lights and imagination for visitors, showcasing the charm of traditional Chinese culture.


Highlighting various cultural and spiritual symbols, the lantern displays include mythical creatures such as Kunpeng and Yinglong, representing ambition and strength.


Beyond the lanterns, visitors can also admire traditional Chinese costumes and accessories, and enjoy Chinese cuisine.


With a mixture of dancing, acrobatics and martial arts performances, the lantern show promises to be an immersive experience in the world of Chinese folklore and lanterns.


The show is open until February 25, 2024.


More than just a lantern show, it also serves as an opening activity to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and France in 1964.


> China’s economic recovery has been consolidated and enhanced with a steady progress

A view of the Lujiazui area of Pudong, East China's Shanghai. [Photo/Xinhua]


Despite some fluctuations in quarterly GDP growth, the annual growth rate of 5.2 percent suggests that the positive trend of the economic recovery has been consolidated and enhanced with a steady progress in achieving high-quality economic development.


China is poised to contribute approximately one third of global growth in 2023, solidifying its position as a significant growth engine for the world economy.


China has been among the world’s fastest-growing economies.


Looking to 2024, the momentum of China's economic recovery is poised to undergo further consolidation and strengthening, propelled by robust policy support, the advancement of industrial transformation and upgrading, and the continuous deepening of reforms.


The GDP growth rate for 2024 is anticipated to be around 5 percent.


Despite grappling with a complex external environment, lackluster domestic demand, and risks linked to local government debt and the property sector, China possesses plenty of room and sufficient policy tools to reinforce the growth of the world's second-largest economy.


The meaning of "establishing the new before abolishing the old" refers to managing the relationship between the growth of new and traditional economic drivers during the process of economic structural transformation. It emphasizes the need to first establish and strengthen new economic drivers before gradually phasing out or reforming the outdated ones, rather than abolishing the old drivers before the new ones are firmly in place.


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