Visit China Year '97
Calendar of Events & Festivals
l. Four Major Religious Assemblies in the Ta'er Lamasery
Dates: The 14th and 15th of the first
lunar month, the 14th and 15th of the
fourth lunar month, the seventh and
eighth of the sixth lunar month and
the 22nd and 23rd of the ninth lunar
Place: Huangzhong County, Qinghai
Activities: Exhibitions of Tibetan, Tu
and Mongolian butter flowers are
held, along with Buddhist activities
such as displaying large Buddhist
images under the sun.
On the 14th and 15th days of the first
lunar month, the Yamataka, or
Destruction of Death, dance will be
performed and a large-scale exhibition of butter flowers is to be held.
On the 15th of the fourth lunar month, people perform the Yamataka dance and display images of the
Buddha under the sun.
From the seventh to the eighth of the sixth lunar month, Yamataka dances are held, images of the
Buddha are displayed under the sun and Buddhist scriptures are recited.
On the 22nd and 23rd of the ninth lunar month, people pay homage to Buddha and perform the
Hayagriva, or the Horse Necked God, Dance to commemorate the death of Master Zongkapa.
2. Harbin Ice and Snow Festival
Dates: January 5-February 5
Place: Harbin, Heilongjiarig Province
Activities: In addition to the famous local
and international ice lantern and snow
sculpture exhibitions and contests, winter
swimming, ice hockey and alpine and cross-
country skiing contests are held. A film
festival, and painting, calligraphy and photo
exhibitions are held. Moreover, there are
performances of folk songs and dances and
wedding ceremonies performed on ice.
Trade fairs are also organized.
||3. Striking Bells to
Welcome the New Year in
Jingci Temple, Hangzhou
Dates: January 1
Activities: When the
New Year arrives, the
bells are struck and local
residents perform dragon
and lion dances. Visitors
may board magnificent
boats decorated with
colorful lanterns to tour
the West Lake and enjoy
beautiful and serene
||4. Buddhist Assembly in the Labrang Monastery in
Dates: From the 4th to the 17th of the first lunar month and from the
29th of the sixth lunar month to the 15th day of the seventh lunar month
Place: Labrang Monastery, Xiahe, Gansu Province
Activities: The Labrang Monastery in Xiahe is one of the six major
monasteries of the Gelug Sect of Tibetan Buddhism and is the site of the
largest college of lamaism in the world. Every year seven large Buddhist
assemblies are held here.
During the assemblies, various Buddhist activities such as displaying
images of tne Buddha, performing religious dances chanting scriptures
praying, tests for monks, debates on scriptures and the month-long
Tibetan Travel Festival are held.
||5. Jilin Rime Festival
Dates: The second 10-day period in January
Place: Jilin, Jilin Province
Activities: A grand ice and colorful lantern
show, ice and snow games, releasing lanterns
on the river, a fireworks display and a parade
of colorful boats are held. Local people will
perform the northeastern Yangge dance. The
folk festivals of the Manchu and Korean
people are celebrated. Exhibitions of delicious
northeastern cuisine and trade fairs are also
||6. Beijing Longqing Gorge lce and Snow Festival
Dates: January 15-February 29
Place: Longqing Gorge in Yanqing County, Beijing
Activities: Displays of ice lanterns, fireworks on ice, performances
and fishing and other ice sports are arranged. Tourists may
participate in the ice and snow revelry festival and visit the Great
Wall at Badaling and the Kangxi grasslands.
||7. Spring Festival Flower Fair
Dates: The 28th to the 30th of the 12th lunar month
Place: Guangzhou, Guangdong Province
Activities: The Spring Flower Fair is held during the Spring Festival (the lst
day of the lst Chinese lunar month), and is a traditional cultural activity
unique to Guangzhou citizens.
During the festival, flower farmers deliver huge numbers of fresh flowers to
Guangzhou and set up flower show in the city's major streets. People, old and
young alike, visit the show to appreciate and purchase the blossoms.
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Tour of Tibet||