In 2014, President Xi Jinping spent his time prior to Chinese New Year with herders in North China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.
At a blessing ceremony, he dipped his right fourth finger into a silver bowl with fresh milk and flicked the milk in three directions, extending his best wishes for the residents.
It’s part of a Mongolian New Year ritual to pray for fair weather, prosperous livestock and a happy, healthy people.
At the ceremony, a venerable senior dabs butter on the forehead of the five livestock species important to Mongolians: cow, horse, camel, sheep and goat.
Mongolians are one of 55 ethnic minority groups in China. About 4.6 million of them live in Inner Mongolia.
Thanks to technological advances and government support, many herdsmen have given up their nomadic lifestyle to settle down, and made substantial progress in their living standards.
(Produced by Zhao Dantong, Huang Jingjing and Han Xiaomeng)