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Senior official visits state TV's rehearsal of Lunar New Year gala

(Xinhua)

08:20, January 21, 2012

BEIJING, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) -- Senior Chinese leader Li Changchun visited the performers and crew of China Central Television's (CCTV's) Lunar New Year gala program during their rehearsal Friday.

Li, a Standing Committee member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, extended New Year greetings and expressed his hope that the performers and crew will present an excellent show for all Chinese on Lunar New Year's Eve on Jan. 22.

The annual Lunar New Year gala celebration of CCTV kicked off in 1983 and has been one of China's most popular TV shows.

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