The coastal city of Dalian, Liaoning province, will be having a ceremony for Earth Hour 2013, on Xinghai Square, at 8:00 pm, March 23, and asking people to turn their lights off for one hour as a gesture for fighting climate change, Dalian News has reported.
Dalian's many hotels, stores and companies will be joining the effort, switching off any unnecessary lights, 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm, joining other cities around the world.
Local people and some volunteers will come together at the city's Xinghai Bay to form the Chinese characters for "Earth 60" using tens of thousands of candles.
And, some enterprises and individuals who have committed themselves to this endeavor and public welfare will get honorary awards during the ceremony. The city will also hold Earth Hour 2013 activities throughout the month, the Earth Hour Dalian committee announced several days ago. There will be some experts on hand to guide visitors in viewing the stars in the sky at professional facilities, on March 9 and 16.
Earth Hour is an annual event that the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) started and has attracted an estimated one billion participants in more than 7,000 cities in 152 countries. Dalian was one of the first Chinese cities to take part, and has held a number of related activities over the past five years.
Edited by Zhao Qian and Roger Bradshaw