Behind the scenes at China's New Year Gala
The New Year Gala show, broadcast on state media on the eve of Chinese New Year on Thursday, is one of the most watched television programmes in the world.
Hundreds of millions of people in China tune in to watch the show, which features patriotic songs, comedy sketches and dance routines.
So how does it feel to be part of one of the biggest nights on Chinese television? And is the experience worth all the hours of practice?
The BBC's Beijing bureau asked some performers to share their thoughts.