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Winter Festival

Four Major Religious Assemblies in the Ta'er Lamasery
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 month.

Place: Huangzhong County, Qinghai Province

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.

Harbin Ice and Snow Festival
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.

Striking Bells to
   Welcome the New Year in
   Jingci Temple, Hangzhou
3. Striking Bells to Welcome the New Year in Jingci Temple, Hangzhou

Dates: January 1

Place: Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province

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 music.

Buddhist Assembly in the Labrang Monastery in
   Xiahe
4. Buddhist Assembly in the Labrang Monastery in Xiahe

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.

Jilin Rime Festival 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 organized.

Beijing Longqing Gorge lce and Snow Festival 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.

Spring Festival Flower Fair
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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