So many ways to welcome 2020
Bell ringing, climbing events and lantern festivals are some of the ways to celebrate the arrival of 2020, the Shanghai Administration of Culture and Tourism said on Thursday.
Bells will be rung at Longhua Temple in Xuhui District at midnight on New Year's Eve, a traditional way to celebrate the new year in China. Bronze bells will be struck 108 times in a ceremony that many believe can absolve sins and bring good luck.
Visitors can eat noodles and hang wishes on a tree at Longhua.
The Oriental Pearl TV Tower in the Pudong New Area will host a climbing event on the first day of the new year, as climbing high on New Year's Day signifies a good start to the year.
A run will be held at the Dishuihu Lake area to usher in the first sunshine of the New Year, and similar events will take place at Sheshan National Forest Park, Shanghai International Resort, Mingzhu Lake Park and Shanghai International Circuit.
Donglin Temple will also be hosting bell-ringing and climbing events.
Shanghai Tower will host an electronic music party on New Year's Eve, while Jinjiang Amusement Park will stage a light show, parade, lion dance and float show.
The China Maritime Museum will host Jiangnan sizhu (string and wind music) and gong and drum performances on the first day of the new year, together with intangible cultural heritage experiences involving Jinshan farmers' painting, model ship making and wood block printing.
A maritime-related intangible cultural heritage exhibition will also be held.
In Jinshan District, a 24-hour celebration will be held from 12pm on December 31, featuring seafood hotpot banquets, lucky draws, firework shows, and dragon and lion dances.
The Guangfulin Lantern Fair will feature around 40 lantern groups, and a 3D mapping show and projection show are also part of the display.
Shanghai Songze Archeological Site Museum will host a lantern making event on the first day of 2020, while Oriental Green Land is organizing a number of cosmos experience activities such as a fulldome digital movie and VR and AR experiences on January 1.
Fengjing ancient town will stage traditional water town wedding rituals and hanfu (traditional Han clothing) displays on the first day of 2020.