The whole of China comes to a standstill at Chinese New Year, or 'Spring Festival', as it is more commonly known in Chinese. People flock to the parks to join in more traditional festivities during the day. In the evening, they relax in front of the television to watch China Central Television's biggest extravaganza of the year.
Discuss with the class why the Chinese New Year falls in January or February and why the Chinese follow the lunar calendar. Students could discuss the social threat of television to more traditional forms of entertainment and how modern soap opera is changing social attitudes.