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100-kilometer walk to celebrate New Year

A 100-kilometer walking and cycling tour was held in the city on January 1 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China.

The tour had nearly 800 walkers and cyclists aged between 10 and 65 from the Yangtze River Delta region, including some expats.

They started from the Linkong Music Park in Changning District, and passed by the 45-kilometer riverfront of the Huangpu River, the 42-kilometer Suzhou Creek greenway and finished at the site of the First National Congress of the Communist Party of China.

At the same time, 51 pairs of newlyweds knotted ties at Changning Marriage Registration Center. On New Year’s Eve, a gala was held in Changning Folk Arts Center to celebrate the coming of 2021.

Citywide, sports-loving citizens welcomed the start of 2021 by taking part in running competitions on January 1.

Some 6,000 runners gathered at Shanghai International Circuit in Jiading District for the 2021 Run the Track, an annual running activity launched in 2015. The event set two disciplines of the 21.6-kilometer Elite Run and the 5.4km Fun Run.

Participants ran along the 5.4km motorracing track of the circuit, which hosts the annual Formula One Chinese Grand Prix. Among the runners were 32 medical staff, police officers and firefighters who have provided service in Wuhan during the pandemic.

Meanwhile, people with best wishes visited “the top of Shanghai” to watch the sunrise and greet the New Year.

On the first day of 2021, they took the world’s fastest elevators, covering 546 meters in less than a minute, to the 118th-floor observatory of Shanghai Tower - the world’s second-tallest building.

Many Chinese believe that climbing high on New Year’s Day ushers in a good start and even better year.

At 6:52am, they watched the New Year’s sunrise bathed in a golden hue. People cheered, clapped hands and took photos of the city’s skyline with the accompaniment of a live ukulele performance.

Not far from Shanghai Tower, the Shanghai World Financial Center -the city’s second tallest building - was also a popular spot for people to climb high.

From 6am to 7am, people could climb from the 97th to the 100th floors.

After sunrise, people went to the 100th-floor observation deck, 474 meters above the ground, to ring a bell, which many Chinese people believe brings good luck and eliminates grief. Some also wrote down their New Year’s wishes.

On the New Year’s Eve, Shanghai Disney Resort welcomed the New Year in grand style with a celebratory multimedia show that included fireworks.

The special fireworks show  “Ignite the New Year”  lit up the sky above Shanghai Disneyland’s Enchanted Storybook Castle, accompanied by projections, dazzling lights and new songs.

Bookworms welcomed the New Year last night in a quieter way at the Pudong Library.

The library's six floors were abuzz with activities, including movies, book exchanges and treasure hunts based on clues from the library’s collection.

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