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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 over a million people in Times Square and  billions of people 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.

A Video greeting from Yunnan was broadcasted live on the Toshiba screen under the New Year’s Eve ball during the opening ceremony
Video greetings from Yunnan were broadcasted live on multiple different giant LED screens throughout Time Square during the countdown ceremony

Complimentary red scarves, symbolizing the friendship between the US and China, were distributed to those in attendance. The revelers also got to experience traditional Chinese music and performances.

10,000 red scarves with greetings from Yunnan were distributed to the audience
The revelers gave a warm welcome to our honorary attendees
Honorary attendees and performers hold up a banner on Red Steps: 'Colorful Yunnan, forever Shangri-La'