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Located in the south of Hubei, known as "the South Gate of Hubei", Xianning has great renown for “Chibi old haunt of the Three Kingdoms, inland nuclear power city”, which has great advantages of its "mountain", "water" "geography","location","culture","scenery","energy"and the trend of development. Xianning is a suitable place to do ...[more]
Xianning City, attached to Hubei Province, known as “the southern gateway to Hubei”, is famous for sweet-scented os... [more]
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Lying in the southeast of Hubei Province, along the south bank of the Yangtze River, and at the junction of Hunan, Hu... [more]
 Despite the late administrative construction of Xianning (prefecture-level city), the counties and urban districts under its administration all have a long history. The territory of today’s Xianning belonged to Jing Chu in the Xia and Shang Dynasties ( about 2200-1100 BC), Nan County in the Qin Dynasty(221-206 BC ), [more]
Photo/file: Staying-up in Dawulei Village 14-02-07



  XIAN’AN - Villagers were gathering beside a bonfire to welcome the New Year in Dawulei, Shicheng Village, Guihua Town, Xian’an District at Chinese New Year’s Eve. At 6:00 pm Lei Xihua, the team leader, lighted the bonfire for staying-up in Jiangyi Hall where villagers were chatting happy stories over the past year and children were setting off firecrackers to welcome the New Year after had family reunion dinner.

  A poem, Staying-up, said that “to make an appointment to do staying-up at Arong’s family, with candlelight to pass on light towards blue yarn; wasting time of 30 years or 60 years but cherishing time from this evening.”

  According to old people in the village Dawulei hands down the custom of lighting the bonfire for staying-up for 50 years. It begins from having family reunion dinner which needs to be enjoyed slowly and people start to take a seat in the evening: some families will have dinner until late at night; some ones will have dinner while making dumplings; and others will visit relatives and friends halfway until dawn.

  Lei said that the custom of lighting the bonfire for staying-up not only means nostalgia for the past time, but also means best wishes for the New Year. By Zhang Dale (

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