In this Week in Photos, China’s Palace Museum opens its doors to the public at night for the first time in 94 years; schools hold opening ceremonies for the upcoming spring semester; and people across the country watch folk performances celebrating the Lantern Festival.
Students line up during an opening ceremony for the upcoming spring semester at a primary school in Chengdu, Sichuan province, Feb. 21, 2019. Liu Haiyun/Red Star News/VCG
A man fishes on a frozen lake in Beijing, Feb. 20, 2019. Ma Xiaowen/VCG
Performers jump over a fire during a ceremony praying for good fortune in Putian, Fujian province, Feb. 23, 2019. Wang Dongming/CNS/VCG
People gather at night outside the Palace Museum, also known as the Forbidden City, prior to celebrating the Lantern Festival in Beijing, Feb. 18, 2019. For the first time in 94 years, the museum opened at night for two days this week. Wang Tiezhong/Qianlong Image/VCG
A performer dances during a performance celebrating the Lantern Festival on the last day of the Lunar New Year celebrations in Beijing, February 19, 2019. Jason Lee/Reuters/VCG
Local residents watch a dragon dance celebrating the Lantern and Huanhua festivals in Xuan’en County, Hubei province, Feb. 19, 2019. Wen Lin/IC
Paramilitary officers stand guard during the 33rd Qinhuai Lantern Fair in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, Feb. 19, 2019. Chen Xianggeng/IC