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Visit China Year '97
Calendar of Events & Festivals

Summer Festivals

Torch Festival l. The Torch Festival of the Yi Minority

Dates: July 23-28

Place: Liangshan , Sichuan Province

Activities: Bullfighting, horse races, cockfighting, sheepfighting, singing contests, beauty contest, wrestling, local-style dance contest, torch parade and bonfire party.

Horse Race Festival

2. Horse Race Festival in Qiangtang, Tibet

Dates: The last 10-day period of August (between the end of the seventh month and the early part of the eighth month of the Tibetan calendar)

Place: Nagqu Prefecture in Tibet

Activities: Horse races, archery shooting races, horsemanship performances and material exchange activities will be held.

Torch Festival

3. The Torch Festival of the Yi Minority in Yunnan Province

Dates: June 24-26 Places: Shicun Town of Lunan Yi Autonomous County and Chuxiong City of Chuxiong Yi Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province

Activities: Tourists can watch performances of the four-stringed Plucked instrument with a full-moon-shaped sound box and the reed-pipe wind instrument, and can try the local dasanxian dance. Other activities, such as archery, horse races, bullfighting, wrestling and bonfire parties will be held.

Shoton Festival

4. Tibetan Shoton Festival

Dates: August (from the end of the sixth month to the early part of the eighth month of the Tibetan calendar)

Place: Lhasa, Tibet

Activities: The Shoton Festival is also known as the Yogurt Banquet Festival. During the festival, religious people will display images of the Buddha under the sun, traditional Tibetan operas will be performed and various materials fairs will be held. Tourists can also visit southern Tibet.

Dragon Boat Festival

5. Yueyang International Dragon Boat Festival

Dates: June 10-14

Place: South Lake in Yueyang, Hunan Province

Activities: The Dragon Boat Festival falls on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month, in commemoration of Qu Yuan, a great poet of ancient times. During the festival, people throughout the country hold dragon boat races, eat zongzi (a pyramid-shaped dumpling made of glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo or reed leaves), drink local wines and hang up Artemisia argyi. Over 20 teams from the United States,Canada, Australia and countries throughout Southeast Asia and other parts of the world partic1pate in dragon boat races. Dragon boat folk performances are shown as well.

Mt. Wutai

6. Mt. Wutai International Tourist Month

Dates: July 25-August 25

Place: Taihuai Town, Wutai County, Shanxi Province

Activities: Mt. Wutai is one of four famous Buddhist mountains in China. Every year in the sixth lunar month, a mule and horse fair is held here. During the festival, there are Buddhist activities, folk recreational activities, and mule and horse exchange fairs.

Hang Glider Festival

7. Jiayuguan Pass International Hang Glider Festival

Dates: July 15-18

Place: Jiayuguan Pass Hang Glide Base, Gansu Province

Activities: Hang glide contests and flight training are arranged, and silver, gold and diamond flight badges are offered. Tourists may experience this unique mode of air travel and enjoy the mystical colors of the vast Gobi Desert and the splendor of the snow-covered Qilian Mountains. Tourists may also visit Jiayuguan Pass, the western end of the Great Wall, Jiuquan and Dunhuang, home to the greatest collection of Buddhist frescoes in China.

Film Festival

8. China Changchun International Film Festival

Dates: August 23-28

Place: Changchun, Jilin Province

Activities: During the festival, domestic and foreign movie stars put on performances, Chinese and foreign movies are shovwn and appraised, and "Changchun Commemorative Cups" are issued. In addition, trade fairs, exhibitions of high-tech products are held. Guandong lantern and food festivals are also arranged and the northeast's unique yangge dance is performed.

Beer Festival

9. Qingdao International Beer Festival

Dates: In the second 10-day period of August

Place: Qingdao City, Shandong Province

Activities: Large recreational performances, artistic tours, fashion shows, ocean-side fireworks, sporting events, trade fairs and symposiums for the exchange of brewing technology are to be held.

Temple Fair

10. Jiuhua Temple Fair

Dates: The second 10-day period in August (the 30th day of the seventh lunar month)

Place: Anhui Province

Activities: Religious gatherings and symposiums for eminent monks are held and light-emitting Buddhist statues are displayed. In addition, commodity fairs are arranged.

Watermelon Festival

11. Daxing County Watermelon Festival

Dates: June to July

Place: Daxing County, Beijing

Activities: Tours of watermelon fields and watermelon tasting events are held. Folk performances are given, and tourists may visit farmers' homes .

Liquor and Wines Festival

12. China Guizhou Famous Liquor and Wine Fesdral

Dates: July to August PIaces: Zunyi City, Maotai Township in Renhuai, and the Shizhang Caves in Chishui, Guizhou Province

Activities: An opening ceremony and large recreational performances will be held. Tourists may visit the Zunyi Museum of Liquor and Wine and the Maotai Brewery, home of China's most famous baijiu, or "white spirit.' Other tourist attractions include the site of China's historical Zunyi Meeting and the waterfalls at the Shizhang Caves.

Grassland Tourist Fest

13. Nadam Grassland Tourist Festiva

Dates: July 15-August 30

Place: Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region

Activities: "Nadam" means "games" in Mongolian. During the festival, tourists may participate in horse racing, archery, a recreation of an imperial banquet of the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), local wedding ceremonies, a memorial ceremony at the Mausoleum of Genghis Khan, tours highlighting Mongolian customs and a visit to the hot spring forest.

Grape Fetival

14. Xinjiang Grape Festival

Dates: August 20-26

Place: Turpan, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region

Activities: Tourists may attend wedding ceremonies of the Uygur minority, and attend performances of light- hearted and graceful locd dances. A hami melon contest is held, and trade fairs are arranged. In addition, travelers may visit the grape, melon and fruit streets and see commercial camel teams traveling Silk Road, as they have done for 2,000 years.

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