On February 9, a press conference on the opening of the city festival took place in the media center of St. Petersburg Government. There was told about the programme of the "Chinese New Year – Happy Spring Holiday" festival, about authentic traditions and symbolism of this holiday and about the prospects of bilateral cooperation between St. Petersburg and China.
As part of the cultural and educational program of the festival were planned performances of St. Petersburg and Chinese creative groups, the festival of Chinese cinema, exhibitions, workshops and lectures on the art and history of China. For business circles and expert community will be organized III St Petersburg-Chinese forum in the Russian-Chinese Business Park and II Russian-Chinese Economic Forum "Eastern perspective of the North-Western Region." Various thematic events will be held in St. Petersburg schools, universities, institutions of additional education.
Also, Petersburg was "dressed" in accordance to the Chinese flavor. In a couple of city gardens there are appeared 60 red lanterns that glowing in the dark. In addition, in the period from 15 February to 2 March, illumination of Palace Bridge will be translated to the special mode. It will change the daily white light on red.