With the approaching of the Lunar New Year, Hangzhou is imbued with new year atmosphere featuring the couplets for sales at the entrance to the supermarket, the potted landscapes in full display at the Bird & Flower Mart, the various roasted seeds and nuts lined along the streets and the salted ducks and fishes drying at each household. Citizens are making special purchases for the Spring Festival. Hustle and bustle come back to the once desolate streets as people usher in the first Chinese New Year after the measures for pandemic control is eased.
The festival atmosphere has greatly boosted the consumption. The sales volume of various shops, from restaurants to ornament shops, has hit history high.