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Colorful Yunnan on Display At Times Square
2015 New Year's Eve Countdown


Honorary attendees greet the audience with a banner saying: 'Colorful Yunnan, Forever Shangri-La' on the main stage of Times Square.


More than a million people from all over the world came to Times Square to watch the countdown ceremony.

      The Yunnan was in the spotlight on New Year’s Eve in New York as Yunnan-styled performances took over the 2014 Times Square New Year’s Eve countdown.

      Thanks to the Sino-American Friendship Association (SAFA), Yunnan Culture, home to 46 million people and 25 ethnic groups, was showcased to thousands in Times Square and millions of Americans watching globally at home on Dec. 31, 2014.

      When the Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball first rose on the Duffy Square Countdown Stage at 6 p.m. EST on December 31st, Chinese and American officials delivered greetings while singers and dancers from Yunnan showcased Yunnan-style songs and dances to the world.

      Zhang, QiYue, Consul General of the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in New York, Peter Zhang, President of the Sino-American Friendship Association, Duan, YueQing, Chairman of Yunnan Provincial Tourism Development Committee, and a New York City Representative were in attendance.



Zhang, Qiyue, Consul General from the Consulate General of PRC in NY, shared holiday blessings with over a million people in TSQ during the Countdown Opening Ceremony


Duan, Yueqing, Chairman of Yunnan Provincial Tourism Development Commission, shared a greeting message from Yunnan to over a million people in TSQ during the Countdown Opening Ceremony

This was the first time an aspect of Chinese ethnic culture, featuring Yunnan Culture, was a part of the ball dropping celebration since it began in 1907. The traditional Peacock dance to “Peacock’s blessing” along with Yunnan local songs revealed Yunnan’s rich local culture and ethnic customs while presenting the beauty and diversity of the province called the ‘Tourism Paradise of the World.’



“Peacock’s Blessing” sung by Lin, Lin


“The Little Running River” sung by He, Shu

The beautiful Yunnan peacock dance and Yunnan folk song performance - “The Little Running River” - stunned the whole world.


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