With the Chinese Lunar New Year fast approaching, more than 20 expats from nine countries – including Russia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Vietnam – were invited to participate in warm-up festival activities on Jan 13 in the Xuegong sub-district of Linzi district, in Zibo city in East China's Shandong province.
They experienced traditional customs – such as writing Spring Festival couplets, making dumplings and painting faces – to welcome in the upcoming traditional festival.
Expats show off some dumplings they made by hand. [Photo/WeChat ID: zibofabu2014]
Expats color in face masks in the Sangyang community in Zibo. [Photo/WeChat ID: zibofabu2014]
Two locals teach an expat how to write the Chinese character "福", which means "blessing" in English, and couplets. [Photo/WeChat ID: zibofabu2014]