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Chinese city dwellers head to mountains for a retro Chinese New Year


08:30, January 21, 2012

YAN'AN, Shaanxi, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) -- As the Spring Festival approaches, some urban residents are in favor of visiting remote mountainous areas, foregoing the conventional options of relaxing at home, traveling abroad or returning to their hometowns.

In the mountain areas, traditional folk culture is well-preserved and offers a retro Chinese holiday rich in nationalist tourist attractions.

Having booked a hotel and got through all his chores, Li Xuefeng, general manager of a privately run company in the city of Xi'an, capital of the northwestern Shaanxi province, drove with his family to Shaanxi's mountainous city of Yan'an. There, he will spend the most important traditional festival for China -- the Lunar New Year, which falls on Jan. 23 this year.

Yan'an, known as the "red cradle" of the Chinese revolution for its use as a base in the movement before the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, boasts abundant traditional folk culture, notably paper cutting, waist drumming and folk songs featuring the Loess Plateau character.

"I went to Yan'an for business during the last Spring Festival and was attracted by the local folk culture and delicious snacks, so I choose to bring my family here to experience the rich festival atmosphere," says Li.

As Yan'an hosted the Communist Party of China (CPC) headquarters and was the center of the Communist revolution from 1935 to 1948, red tourism has blossomed in the mountainous city.

More than 350 sites related to the revolution in the city are open to visitors. Among them is one of Mao Zedong's former residences, a cave dwelling in a place called Zaoyuan, or Jujube Orchard.

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