People across China celebrate the upcoming Chinese New Year of the Rabbit (Photo features)

By Du Yifei, People’s Daily

As the Chinese lunar New Year of the Rabbit draws near, festive vibes are sensed everywhere in China, such as splendid rabbit-shaped lanterns, delightful rabbit-themed paper cuttings, cute stuffed toy rabbits, and beautiful and tasty bunny-shaped steamed buns.

Rabbit-themed cultural activities are attracting huge numbers of tourists and products in the shape of rabbits are sought-after on the market.

Amid China’s recently optimized COVID-19 management policy, nearly 2.1 billion people are expected to join the Spring Festival travel rush, up 99.5 percent from a year ago and equivalent to 70.3 percent of the 2019 level. A China “on the go” will further thicken the festive atmosphere and stimulate consumer demand.

Feel the joyful atmosphere of the upcoming Year of the Rabbit with the following photos.

Lanterns hang on shelves at a square in Yuncheng, north China’s Shanxi province to celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Rabbit, Jan. 11, 2023. (Photo by Xue Jun/People’s Daily Online)
A child buys a stuffed toy rabbit in Luoyang, central China’s Henan province, to celebrate the upcoming Year of the Rabbit, Jan. 8, 2023. (Photo by Zhang Guanghui/People’s Daily)
Children display paper cuttings they have made in Longshan village, Deqing county, Huzhou, east China’s Zhejiang province, Jan. 11, 2023. Paper cutting is the art of paper designs, which is used as decorations or for folk activities. (Photo by Wang Shucheng/People’s Daily Online)
Zheng Guangyun (right), an inheritor of intangible cultural heritage, sells handmade toy rabbits manufactured by herself and her colleagues on a Livestream platform at an intangible cultural heritage workshop in Linyi, east China’s Shandong province, Jan. 12, 2023. (Photo by Du Yubao/People’s Daily Online)
The 40-day Spring Festival travel rush officially kicks off on Jan. 7, 2023. An attendant on a high-speed train departing from Zhengzhou, central China’s Henan province, talks with a child. (Photo by Wang Wei/People’s Daily Online)
Sun Liandong, an inheritor of dough modeling, which is an item on the intangible cultural heritage list of Lianyungang, east China’s Jiangsu province, teaches children to make dough rabbits in his workshop, on Jan. 11, 2023. Dough modeling is a traditional Chinese folk art. It shapes figures and animals with dough and is favored by Chinese people thanks to its splendid colors and vividness. (Photo by Zhao Shixin/People’s Daily Online)
Rabbit-shaped steamed buns are made in an intangible cultural heritage workshop in Dongying, east China’s Shandong province, on Jan. 8, 2023. (Photo by Zhou Guangxue/People’s Daily Online)
Children in Qianyuan township, Deqing county, Huzhou, east China’s Zhejiang province celebrate the upcoming Chinese New Year of the Rabbit, wearing bunny ears headbands and traditional Chinese costumes, and carrying lanterns and decorative knots, Jan. 16, 2023. (Photo by Ni Lifang/People’s Daily Online)
A Serbian family writes the Chinese character fu, which means good luck and fortune, under the guidance of a Chinese calligraphy teacher during a Chinese New Year activity in Weihai, east China’s Shandong province, on Jan. 12, 2023. (Photo by Zhu Chunxiao/People’s Daily Online)
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