Visit China Year '97
Calendar of Events & Festivals
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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).
6. Boat Festival in Qintong Town,Yangzhou|
Dates : April 4-6
Place: Qintong Town, Yangzhou City, Jiangsu
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.
7. Chang'an Annual International Calligraphy Meeting
Dates: April 20-26
Place : Xi'an, Shaanxi Province
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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