Colourful performances were presented in the Chinese capital Beijing to depict the Qing dynasty's ceremony ahead of the Chinese New Year - Year of Dragon.

A performer dressed as a Qing emperor prayed for good harvest and good luck at Ditan Park, also known as the Temple Park.

The Qing dynasty (1644-1911) was established by the Manchus and made Beijing their capital in 1644.

The Temple of Earth, it is believed, was built in 1530 by the Ming dynasty (Qing dynasty's predecessors). Both the dynasties used to make sacrifices to seek the blessings of God and bless the whole kingdom with luck, prosperity and fortune.

During the New Year, the temple is decorated with colourful lanterns and draws thousands of people.

Performers take part in an ancient Qing Dynasty ceremony during the opening of the temple fair at Ditan Park in Beijing.Reuters
Performers march through a gate as they take part in an ancient Qing Dynasty ceremony during the opening of the temple fair at Ditan Park in Beijing.Reuters
A performer dressed as a Qing dynasty emperor prepares to pray in an ancient ceremony during the opening of the temple fair at Ditan Park in BeijingReuters
A performer dressed as a Qing dynasty emperor prays during an ancient ceremony as part of the opening of the temple fair at Ditan Park in BeijingReuters