China: Kunming prepares for Spring Festival after lifting longstanding COVID restrictions

Locals and travellers in Kunming prepared for the Spring Festival holiday for the first time in three years, after lifting longstanding COVID-19 restrictions in China, Saturday.

Footage features traditional red lanterns, people in local outfits dancing together, women dancing on stage, and visitors watching the performance. People were also seen drawing and writing calligraphies and sticking them on the wall.

Local resident Wang believed that the epidemic has had some impacts on people living in China.

“The three-year epidemic has afflicted us for three years. The year of the Rabbit is coming soon, and the epidemic is over. I wish you all a happy New year and all the best. Laugh and dance with my music!,” he said.

The Chinese Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival, which fell on Sunday, January 22, is followed by 15 days of celebrations, marking the transition from the Year of the Tiger to the Year of the Rabbit.

The Chinese government relaxed many of its previous restrictions, putting an end to the zero-COVID policy and allowing residents and tourists to travel during the Lunar New Year holiday.

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