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Visit China Year '97
Calendar of Events & Festivals

Spring Festivals

Cocunut Festival l. Hainan International Coconut Festival

Dates: The first 10-day period in April (the third day of the third lunar month)

Places: Haikou City, Wenchang County, Tongzha City and Sanya Ciryin Hainan Province

Activities: The celebration of the Lantern Festival in Haikou, Coconut Street, Gala of the Miao and Li minorities, the international dragon boat race, national martial arts contests, performances, sports, Miao and Li wedding ceremonies, and ceremonies for offering sacrifices to ancestors.

Li Minority Festival 2."The Third Day of the Third Lunar Month"
of the Li Minority in Hainan Province

Dates: The first 10-day period in April (the third day of the third lunar month)

Places: Qiongzhong, Dongfang, Changjiang, Ledong and Baisha counties, and Tongshi City in Hainan Province

Activities: The Li people in every village will gather in the open to hold various activities rich in ethnic flavor, such as gun and archery contests, singing by old and middle-aged Li men and women and bamboo dances. Meanwhile, tourists may see young couples engage in "mountain love," a custom peculiar to the Li people.

Lantern Festival 3. The Lantern Festival in Zigong, Sichuan

Dates: From early February to early March

Place: Zigong City, Sichuan Province

Activities: The Lantern Festival in Zigong has a long history, dating back to the Tang (618-907) and Song (960-1279) dynasties. During the festival, outstanding samples of China's colorful traditional lanterns are shown. In addition, "dragons" made of porcelain dinner sets, "peacocks" made of glass bottles, and bamboo, silk and paper lanterns will also be on display, integrating beautiful shapes, bright colors, light, movement and sound and displaying a high degree of workmanship. Tourists can feast their eyes on more than 100 collections of large lanterns as well as several thousand artistic lanterns. During the festival, various commodity exhibitions and trade fairs are held.

Double Six Fair 4. The Qinghai "Double-Six Folk Song Fair"

Dates: From July 3-9 (the eighth day of the fourth lunar month, the sixth day of the sixth lunar month and the 15th day of the seventh lunar month)

Place: Xining, Qinghai Province

Activities: Tens of thousands of singers and participants from the Hui, Dongxiang and Bao'an ethnic groups will come to Lotus Hill to sing folk songs. Many other activities, such as touring the mountains, singing in the ethnic style, drinking, village theatrical performances and commodity fairs will also be held.

Water Sprinkling Festival 5. The Water-Sprinkling Festival of the Dai in Yunnan

Dates: April 13-15

Place: Jinghong City in the Dai Autonomous Prefecture of Xishuangbanna, Yunnan Province

Activities: Dragon boat races, fireworks, foot-drum dance, peacock dance, visiting parks and fairs and sprinkling water (symbolizing auspiciousness).

Boat Festival 6. Boat Festival in Qintong Town,Yangzhou

Dates : April 4-6

Place: Qintong Town, Yangzhou City, Jiangsu Province

Activities: A festival with a local flavor, besides boat races, farmers perform operas and lion and dragon dances on boats gathered together from surrounding towns and townships.

Calligraphy Meeting 7. Chang'an Annual International Calligraphy Meeting

Dates: April 20-26

Place : Xi'an, Shaanxi Province

Activities: A large inauguration ceremony will be held, inscriptions will be written on a 100-meter-long scroll, the Chinese and foreign calligraphers' associations will issue annual meeting certificates, and the four treasures of the study (writing brush, ink, ink slab and paper) will be on display. Tourists may visit and appreciate the calligraphy masterpieces engraved blets at the Forest of Steles Jiucheng and on stone tablets at the Fores Shimen.

Peopny Fair
8. Luoyang Peony Fair

Dates: April 15-25

Place: Luoyang City, Henan Province

Activities: Luoyang began the cultivation of the peony 1,400 years ago, and over 350 varieties are grown there today. During the fair, the city blooms with the beautiful flowers, which give out a faint scent. During the fair, large performances are given. Visitors may view flowers, visit exhibitions of lanterns, paintings, calligraphy and photographs, take part in symposiums and business talks. Tourists may visit the renown Longmen Grottoes, the White Horse Temple and ancient tombs.

Folk Song Festival
9. Guangxi International Folk Song Festival

Dates: The last 10-day period in April (the third day of the third lunar month)

Place: Nanning City or Liuzhou City, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region

Activities: A Chinese folk song competition is held, with performances by Chinese and foreign folk singers, multi-ethnic gatherings are organized and visitors may also attend trade fairs and participate in various local tours.

Kite Festival
10. Weifang International Kite Festival

Dates: April 20-25

Place : Weifang City, Shandong Province

Activities: Weifang is known as the "World Kite Capital." The head office of the international Kite Federation is located at the Weifang Kite Museum. During the festival, an inauguration ceremony, kite- flying ceremony and international and domestic kite Contests are held, where the 10 best kites are selected. Tourists may visit the Kite Museum, enjoy Yangjiabu folk art performances, go shopping, and stay at farmers' homes and have the meals and fun together with them in the Shijiazhuang Folk Custom Tourist Village.

Mazu Festival
11. Fujian Mazu festival

Dates: April 25, October 4

Place: Meizhou lsland, Putian, Fujian Province Activities: Mazu is the name of a legendary sea goddess born in 960. Tradition has it that Mazu protects boats and saves people from drowning in the sea. The 23rd day of the third lunar month is celebrated as her birthday; the ninth day of the ninth lunar month is the day when Mazu supposedly passed away. Every year, on these two days, thousands of local residents and compatriots from Taiwan come to pay homage to Mazu. During the festival, visitors join in the activities to pay homage to Mazu, take part in the study of Mazu culture, go shopping at arts and crafts exhibitions, enjoy folk songs and dances and taste Fujian cuisine.

Locust Blossom Festival
12. Dalian Chinese Locust Blossom Festival

Dates: The last 10-day period of May

Place: Dalian, Liaoning Province

Activities: Tourists may appreciate Chinese locust flowers, watch folk performances, participate in cultural and sports activities and various special tourist activities.

Azalea Festival
13.Guizhou Azalea Festival

Dates: April 8-22

PIaces: Qianxi and Dafang counties, Guizhou Province

Activities: In addition to the opening ceremony, tourists may watch performances by the Yi, Miao and Buyi minorities, participate in the Bonfire Revelry Festival and have a taste of their local delicacies and visit the famous Huangguoshu Waterfall, one of the largest in China, and the scenic Zhijin Caves.

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