Oldest workers' community celebrates Chinese New Year

Yang Jian
Caoyang Community is welcoming Spring Festival with traditional activities and volunteer services. Dating to the 1950s, the community was originally a home for model workers.
Yang Jian
Oldest workers' community celebrates Chinese New Year
Ti Gong

Residents of Caoyang Community join workers from the surrounding area to make dumplings in honor of Spring Festival.

China's earliest workers' community is celebrating the approaching Chinese New Year with traditional events and voluntary services.

A volunteer bazaar has been launched at the Wuning area of the Caoyang Community in Putuo District, originally built in the 1950s.

Over 30 volunteers from government bodies and nearby companies are offering free health consultations, haircuts and appliance repairs for residents during Spring Festival.

Residents are also invited to write down requests on a "wishing wall," for the subdistrict and social organization to fulfill in the coming year. Many wishes so far solicited cover housing renovations and elder care.

Subdistrict officials also invite residents and people working nearby to write spring couplets and the Chinese character fu (which means "good fortune") as well as guess lantern riddles.

Caoyang Community in Putuo sprang up in 1951 as a home for model workers. It was a forerunner to other workers’ communities that were built nationwide to accommodate the growing workforce during a period of rapid industrialization.

It has become a tradition for the community to celebrate the festival among residents every year.

Oldest workers' community celebrates Chinese New Year
Ti Gong

Residents and employees working nearby at Caoyang Community are invited to guess riddles to welcome the Chinese New Year.

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