With Spring Festival just around the corner, the Chinese capital Beijing has welcomed a series of exhibitions and fairs tapping into the holiday spirit. Wang Siwen visits the Beijing Worker's Stadium, for a very special New Year treat.
A diverse range of goods prepared in time for the Spring Festival, packed by people in high spirits.
Consumers shop around the booths, tasting unique treats as the New Year Shopping Exhibition fills Beijing Worker's Stadium with local specialties from all over the country.
SHI HAIXIA Chairman, Jingxihongyi Exhibition Company "Every weekend, on Saturdays and Sundays, the number of visitors can reach more than 20,000 to 30,000 people. We can reach more than 10,000 to 20,000 people during work days, from Monday to Friday."
From oysters, to smoked bacon...
There are over 300 booths, stocked with tens of thousands of products, spanning not only food but also home furnishing, clothing, New Year products, holiday gifts, and other commodities.
WANG SIWEN Beijing "Not only can people shop for the Spring Festival, but they can also sample local delicacies from all over the world. Fifteen countries from the Belt and Road Initiative are participating in the exhibition."
"I like Russian honey. I said I'd try it again today. My preparations are almost ready, as I start to prepare early. I bought all my fish and meat."
"Basically, we buy fruits, nuts, candies. I'm looking for things with local characteristics, otherwise we can just buy them online."
Beijing has organized a series of activities and events in more than twenty key business districts, helping online and offline businesses.
With the most important festival of the year approaching, more and more people are opening up their wallets, making the festival atmosphere come alive.
Wang Siwen, CGTN, Beijing.