February 3 marked “Lichun,” the first solar term of the year, considered the beginning of spring. As a Chinese saying goes, “the whole year’s work depends on a good start in spring.”
Chinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, visited Qianxi County in the southwest Guizhou Province ahead of the beginning of the Chinese New Year on February 12. Various folk activities are held across the country to welcome the New Year.
On the public square of Huawu Village in an ethnic Miao Township, Xi talked to villagers who were participating in festive activities, and extended his New Year’s greetings to people of all ethnic groups across the country.
Guizhou, which used to be a provincial-level region with the biggest population of poor people, has lifted more than 9 million people out of poverty since 2012 with the gross domestic product topping 276 billion dollars in 2020.