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.