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City of flowers: How to spend Spring Festival in Guangdong

01-24-2012 10:35 BJT Special Report:2012 Spring Festival |

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While northern China is already covered in snow, the south has quite a different view. CCTV reporter Liao Ruochen tells us how people there are making the best of the warm climate, and how they spend their Spring Festival.

Even winter cannot wipe the color off the city, and the heat of the festival can be best felt at this place.

Among fresh green leaves, and blooming flowers of all colors, the people of Guangzhou are celebrating Spring festival by making the city a huge flower market.

Flower vendor said, "This year is the year of Dragon, this flower called the dragon’s tail is especially popular. In the past years, the magpie flower and peony flowers were the customer’s favorite."

The traditional flowers and plants are always popular.

Flower buyer said, "Aside from the flowers, I plan to buy some oranges trees."

For some people, one orange tree is never enough.

Flower buyer said, "I am buying 3 orange trees this year, I hope they will bring good
fortune."

Flower buyer said, "I am buying 3 orange trees this year, I hope they will bring good fortune."

People come here from near and far, and no one is going home empty handed. Every flower represent good will for the new year.

Flower buyer said, "I think the plum flowers means a prosperous future."

It’s a perfect place for families to prepare the festival together.

Local residence said, "I like these flowers, because they are pretty."

Flowers not only brighten up the city, but also people’s homes.

CCTV reporter Liao Ruochen said, "Guangzhou is known as the city of flowers, and while there are so many beautiful flowers to choose from, there is also unique traditional food. And we’re going to visit one such family."

If you think rice dumplings are only for Dragon Boat Festival, think again. In northern Guangdong, rice dumplings are specially made for spring festival. The availability of the leaves plays a decisive role.

Rice pastry, or "Nian Gao", is also different from other places.

Rice pastry, or "Nian Gao", is also different from other places. Various ingredience are mixed together with rice, to create special flavors. A thin layer of oil is carefully painted on the surface before cooking, so they remain soft and tasty.

CCTV reporter Liao Ruochen said, "This is one kind of rice pastry people around this area
have for spring festival..."

CCTV reporter Liao Ruochen said, "This is one kind of rice pastry people around this area have for spring festival. It’s made of two layers - the outer layer is made of rice and is white as milk, the inner layer is made of red rice and looks beautiful when you cut it."

The flowers, the food, and most important of all, the family. Together they make this spring festival truly as warm as spring.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: CNTV.CN

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