Hours before Michael Jackson's "This Is It", a concert film about late King of Pop's concert rehearsals screened in cinemas worldwide, fans in major Chinese cities had been thrilled by a premiere show on Tuesday.
Celebrities including film director Jia Zhangke and actress Jiang Yiyan led thousands of fans outside the Saga Cinema at the Solana Square in eastern Beijing.
A large screen was set up at the square, broadcasting Michael Jackson's performances.
Amid screams and applauses, dancers and singers performed the masterpieces of Jackson's works, including "Thriller" and "Beat it".
"I came here from Shanxi (neighboring Beijing) to pay my respect to Michael Jackson. I admire him," said a young man named Bai Bin, a high school student.
"His music and songs are full of vitality. I love his moonwalk very much," said a spectator Zhao Min, a 60-year-old local resident.
Similar activities were held in more than 10 other cities including Shanghai, Chengdu and Guangzhou.