Qingdao lights the night, welcoming New Year

Photo 1Mesmerizing night view of Qingdao Bay and Tuandao Island. The eastern coastal city starts the annual celebratory illumination of high-rise buildings on Feb 8 to welcome the upcoming Chinese New Year. [Photo/qingdaonews.cm]

Photo 2The lighthouse erecting near the Olympic Sailing Center in muted light affords the tranquil beauty against the afterglow. [Photo by Chai Dicheng/qingdaonews.com]

Photo 3The bright night view of Xinhao (signal) Mountain in Qingdao, Shandong province. [Photo by Jiang Xiaojian/qingdaonews.com]

The eastern coastal city of Qingdao, Shandong province started the annual celebratory illumination of skyscrapers towering over the city on Feb 8, marking the Little New Year (Chinese: Xiaonian), which takes place a week before the lunar New Year.

The event will last until March 2, the Lantern Festival.