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Visit China Year '97
Calendar of Events & Festivals

Autumn Festival

Huangpu Tourist Festival
1. Shanghai Huangpu Tourist Festival

Dates: September 21-27

Place : Shanghai

Activities: Performances on large decorated floats, open-air concerts, Chinese-foreign tea culture exchanges, symposiums on international tourism and displays of the art and culture of the Red Mansions. Tours include Being a Shanghai Citizen for One Day, Discovering the Essence of Shanghai, a Night Cruise over the Huangpu River. There are shopping centers and a world of delicious food.

Zhangjiajie International
   Forest Festivial
2. Zhangjiajie International Forest Festivial

Date: September 18

Place : Zhangjiajie, Hunan Province

Activities: Zhangjiajie is the first national forest park established in China, with over 97 percent of its area covered by trees. During the festival, tourists may join nature trails, rafting on the Maoyan River and take part in an international mountain-climbing and rock climbing invitationals. The TuJia people will put on performances, practice qigong and perform rock climbing.

Suzhou Silk Tourist Festival
3. Suzhou Silk Tourist Festival

Dates: September 20-25

Place: Suzhou, Jiangsu Province

Activities: Suzhou is known as the "Silk Capital," being one of the most important silk producing areas in China. During the festival, silk garments exhibitions, trade talks, and various recreationaI performances centered on silk are arranged.

Jingdezhen International Pottery and Porcelain Festival and the World Pottery
   Technique Competition

4. Jingdezhen International Pottery and Porcelain Festival and the World Pottery Technique Competition

Dates: October 11-14

Place : Jingdezhen, Jiangxi Province

Activities: Jingdezhen is known as the porcelain capital of China. Its kiln fires have been burning for over 1,000 years. In the past millennium, high-quality porcelain produced in Jingdezhen has been sought after by people all over the world. During the festival, an international exhibition of outstanding pottery and porcelain products, an exhibition of ancient local pottery and porcelain products, and an exhibition of works by Jingdezhen's famous modern artisans are held. In addition, exhibitions of pottery- and porcelain- making techniques, tea-making, international academic exchanges on pottery and porcelain and trade talks are arranged. Tourists may participate in tours concerning pottery and porcelain, such as tours of the porcelain-making techniques of the Ming (1368-1644) and the Qing (1644- 1911), tours of historical pottery and porcelain sites and the study of pottery and porcelain.

Ancient Culture Art Festival

5. Xi'an Ancient Culture Art Festival

Dates: September

Place: Xi'an, Shaanxi Province

Activities: Large-scale culture and art performances, folk performances, exhibitions of traditional culture and trade fairs are held.

International Qiantang River
   Tide-Observing Festival
6. International Qiantang River Tide-Observing Festival

Dates: September (the 18th day of the eighth lunar month)

Place: Yanguan, Haining County, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province

Activities: The tides of the Qiantang River are a natural wonder. When the tides come, the water and sky are linked together, accompanied by a thundering sound. With water that rises several meters high, the scene of rolling waves is magnificent. Since the Han and Tang dynasties people have observed the river's tides. This custom is carried on today. At the opening ceremony, local song and dance performances will be presented. During the festival, minority song and dance performances will be arranged so as the business talks and other folk activities.

Zhengzhou International Shaolin Martial
   Arts Festival

7. Zhengzhou International Shaolin Martial Arts Festival

Dates: September

Place: Zhengzhou, Henan Province

Activities: The Shaolin martial arts style dates back to the Tang Dynasty and reached its peak in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Gradually, the martial arts of Shaolin Temple spread among the people. During the festival, various Shaolin martial arts performances and contests are held, and international martial arts exchange activities are arranged. In addition, tours to the Zhengzhou Yellow River Tourist Area offer tourists a taste of folk customs on the both sides of the Yellow River.

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