Over the past week, Wuxi residents have been filled with the warm spirit of Spring Festival and swept along in a wave of vibrant New Year joy.
Visitors watch a lion dance performance. Many scenic spots in Wuxi host folk performances over the holidays and attract scores of visitors. [Photo/wxrb.com]
The city put on a diverse range of entertainments for Wuxi residents. A New Year's fair was held in downtown Chong'an Temple that displayed a series of wonderful painting and ceramic works created by local artists. On the other side of the city, visitors flocked to Nianhua Bay, a modern Buddhist resort, to welcome in the New Year in a more spiritual fashion. Other local festivities included the writing of spring couplets, the sale of delicious local treats, and an intangible cultural heritage show.
The city's retail sector has been equally rosy cheeked this January and February with commercial shopping and entertainment centers experiencing a holiday boom. In the past six months, 37 major retail business corporations in the city have yielded a total sales revenue of more than 2 billion yuan ($300 million), a 6 percent increase from the same period last year.
The restaurant industry unsurprisingly pulled out all the stops for the holidays with many establishments fully booked months in advance of New Year's Eve dinner, considered by most families to be the most important meal of the year.
More generally, foodies in Wuxi were definitely among the most satisfied during the Spring Festival. Statistics provided by Wuxi commerce bureau show that the transaction volume of fruits exceeds 7,600 tons over the week-long holiday. The number for vegetables and snack foods rested around 2,390 and 6,280 tons. Intriguingly, pork remains the favored food of Wuxi residents, followed by seafood, beef, and lamb.