春晚 (Chūnwăn), is China Central TV’s annual New Year’s Gala, which last year drew 9(!) times as many viewers as the Super Bowl.
This extravaganza, broadcast at 8pm on the eve of every lunar New Year since 1983, mixes singing performances, dancing, sketch comedy, acrobatics, and Chinese opera. Rehearsals for the show begin several months in advance.
The hottest personalities of the year attend - for example, the crew of the high-profile Shénzhōu 11 space mission were featured last year, along with the Chinese gold winners from the Rio Olympics.
Because everybody watches it, catchphrases from the featured sketches often become popular expressions off-screen: For example, 你太有才了! (nĭ tài yŏu cái le),”you are so talented”, (used ironically!), has become nationwide vocabulary.
Multiple simultaneous live shows, broadcasting from around the country! CCTV