2014/01/29 Source: http://www.nyconsulate.prchina.org/eng/zxhd/t1125705.htm

On Wednesday, January 29, 2014, the Chinese Consulate General and Empire State Building jointly held a lighting ceremony to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year and commemorated the 35th anniversary of China-U.S. diplomatic ties. Ambassador Sun Guoxiang, Consul General of the People's Republic of China in New York, and Mr. Jean-Yves Ghazi ESB's Director of Observatory presided over the lighting ceremony to kick-off the festival.

Ambassador Sun said in his remarks that the lights on the Empire State Building not only carry the spirits of peace, hope, cooperation and happiness but also symbolize the everlasting friendship between the two peoples in China and the U.S. 2014 marks the 35th anniversary of China-US diplomatic relations which was established on January 1, 1979. Over the past thirty five years, relationship between China and the U.S. has become broader and deeper.

Mr. Jean-Yves Ghazi said it has been a great honor to continue the annual tradition of lighting the World's Most Famous Office Building in celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year. He expected the Chinese market to represent the top inbound international segment into the United States by the year 2020. 

The lights will shine in dynamic red-and-gold bursts to simulate traditional Chinese Lunar New Year fireworks from Thursday, January 30 through Friday, January 31, 2014. The Empire State Building will also commemorate the Year of the Horse with a festive window exhibition opening on January 29, 2014, in the building's Fifth Avenue lobby. Renowned Chinese artist and singer Guo Feng has custom-designed one of the windows, and spoke about his vision and display during the lighting ceremony.

In China, the horse signifies pioneering and galloping. It is believed to have the power of bringing good luck and new adventures to people's lives. The Chinese Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is the biggest Chinese celebration of the year and festivities traditionally continue for at least 15 days.