CCTV Spring Festival Gala held last rehearsal
One more day to go before Chinese Lunar New Year's eve!
For the last night before the Chinese New Year, a tradition for many Chinese people would be watching "Chunwan" together with family and friends, a live TV variety show that lasts almost five hours.
And performers of the 2018 CCTV Spring Festival Gala held their last rehearsal on Tuesday night to fine tune their preparation for the much anticipated event.
Dancers are preparing for the sixth rehearsal of the 2018 CCTV Spring Festival Gala on Feb. 13, 2018. [Photo: IC]
For this year's gala, besides the main venue in Beijing, there will be four other sub-venues in Guizhou, Guangdong, Shandong and Hainan.
"This year, the sub-venues were not selected based on their geographical locations, but on the local characteristics and styles of programs. In Guizhou, the culture of minority ethnic groups will be highlighted. While in Zhuhai (in Guangdong Province), audiences will see acrobatics and entertainment programs. Programs in Hainan will embody openness and use a lot of high technologies. In Shandong, the hometown of Confucius, the programs will focus more on cultural inheritance," explained Yang Dongsheng, chief director of the gala.
The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, the world's longest manmade sea-crossing bridge will be featured at the venue in Zhuhai city of Guangdong.
Chinese actor Yang Yang attends the sixth rehearsal of the 2018 CCTV Spring Festival Gala in Beijing on Feb. 13, 2018. [Photo: IC]
The show features singing and dancing programs, comedy sketches, cross talk, aerobatics and magic performances as well as traditional operas.
It is the most watched live TV program in China, similar to what the Super Bowl is to Americans.
This year's show is expected to draw one billion viewers.