A Remarkable Spring Festival for Henan Natives
The Spring Festival of 2021 has deeply impressed Henan natives. In the daytime, people enjoy blue sky and white clouds; at night, colorful decorated lanterns hang high.
Colorful decorated lanterns foster a strong festive atmosphere
Roaming around Zhengzhou, pedestrian can see exquisite lanterns hung on the roadside trees. At night, lines of colorful decorated lanterns look like the boundless red sea. Together with the red, yellow and purple rattan balls foster a strong festive atmosphere.
Colorful decorated lanterns. [Photo/dahe.cn]
Amid 2021 Spring Festival and Lantern Festival, 93 roads in Zhengzhou, including the Songshan Road, the Huayuan Road and the Zijingshan Road, as well as 64 business areas and public places, such as the Jianye Triumph Plaza and the Ersha Cultural and Creative Park, are decorated with colorful lights, and a total of 157 roads (sections) in Zhengzhou are illuminated with fairy lights with a total length of about 184 kilometers.
4 days of good air quality recorded in the weeklong festival in Henan
Have you noticed that Henan sees more good air quality days during the Spring Festival than ever?
Compared with the same period of 2020 and 2019, Henan's heavily polluted cities in 2021 reduced by 11 and 9, with its peak concentration of PM 2.5 down by 44 percent and 39 percent. Besides, the ambient air quality in Henan was also 1 to 2 grades better than the predicted results. Specifically, the air pollution levels reported by a total of 2,155 monitoring stations across the province, including 100 monitoring stations at the national level, 251 at the provincial level and 1,804 at the township level, did not exceed China's National Ambient Air Quality Standards.
Zhengzhou's blue sky during the Spring Festival. [Photo/dahe.cn]
In a horizontal comparison with the surrounding cities, the pollution level of Henan's prefecture-level cities during the Spring Festival was much lower. From the New Year's Eve to the first morning of the Lunar New Year, affected by fireworks, the ambient air quality in many cities across China deteriorated rapidly, suffering severe to serious air pollution. Some monitoring stations in nearly 20 percent of China's cities saw their instantaneous concentration of PM 2.5 exceeding the Standards. Henan's prefecture-level cities mainly experienced light to moderate pollution, and only a few of which, affected by the transferring and accumulation of pollution, suffered severe pollution.
横向比较来看，与周边城市相比，污染级别低。除夕夜里至初一早上，受烟花爆竹影响，全国多个城市环境空气质量迅速恶化，达到重度至严重污染，全国近20%的城市出现部分站点PM2.5瞬时浓度“爆表”情况。河南省辖市环境空气质量整体以轻-中度污染为主，仅个别城市部分时段受传输和污染累积影响达到重度污染，无严重污染城市，更无“爆表”点位。（中文来源/大河网 翻译/赵汉青 海报/韩雨松 审校/焦丹）