New Year's Eve:
In cities throughout China; dances, music, acrobatics, comedy, folk customs and visits to historical sites.
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Striking Bells To Welcome The New Year, Hangzhou (Zhejiang), bells are struck to welcome New Year, dragon and lion dances, decorated boats on beautiful West Lake.
January - February:
Harbin Ice And Snow Festival, Harbin (Heilongjiang): giant ice sculptures, lit with colored lanterns standing in city square and
along river, winter/ice swimming, ice hockey, skiing, film festival, folk ceremonies on ice.
Jilin Rime Festival, Jilin (Jilin): colorful ice lanterns, ice and snow games, fireworks, parade of boats, Manchu and Korean dances.
January 15 - February 28:
Beijing Longqing Gorge Ice and Snow Festival, Longqing (Beijing): ice lanterns, fireworks, ice fishing.
Spring Festival Flower Fair, Guangzhou (Guangdong): flower markets throughout the city.
February (Early): Spring Festival: ushering in the lunar new year.
Buddhist Assembly At Labrang Monastery, Xiahe (Gansu): Monks of the Gelug Sect of Tibetan Buddhism perform ritual dances, chant scriptures.
assemblies In Taper Lamasery, Huangzhong (Qinghai): Tibetans celebrate Destruction of Death, display large Buddhist images,
butter flowers exhibition, Buddhist scriptures chanted, ritual dances.
Lantern Festival, Zigong (Sichuan): lanterns of bamboo, silk, paper, porcelain dragons, glass peacocks.
April (Early): Hainan International Coconut Festival, throughout Hainan
Island: lantern festival, dragon boat races, martial arts contests, Miao and Li ceremonies.
Third Day Of The Third Lunar Month:
Li people of Hainan in archery contests, singing bamboo dancing.
Dragon Boat Festival Qintong Town, Yangzhou City (Jiangsu): boat races, Operas, lion and dragon dances.
April (Month Long): Guizhou Azalea Festival, Qianxi and Dafang Counties(Guizhou): bonfires, minority folk dances visit Huangguoshu Waterfall.
Water Splashing Festival Of Dai People, Xishuangbanna (Yunnan): dragon boat races, fireworks, dances and splashing with water.
April (Month Long):
Peony Fair, Luoyang (Henan: 350 varieties of peony on display in place where peonies first
cultivated 1,400 years ago. Exhibitions of lanterns, paintings, calligraphy and photographs of the flowers.
Chang'an Annual International Calligraphy Meeting, Xi'an (Shaanxi): Chinese and foreign calligraphers display work, discuss four treasures, visit historic carved stones.
Weifang International Kite Festival, Weifang (Shandong): kite contests, demonstrations, visit to Kite Museum.
(Also Early October) Fijian Mazu Festival, Meizhou island (Fujian): birthday of goddess of the sea Maze, prayers and offering at shrines.
April (Month Long):
Guangxi International Folk Song Festival, Nanning City or Liuzhou City (Guangzi): folk songs, contests and fair.
Dalian Chinese Locust Blossom Festival, Dalian (Liaoning): flower viewing, folk performances, sports.
International Dragon Boat Festival, Yueyang (Hunan): crews from around the world compete in dragon boat races on South Lake.
Torch Festival of Yi Minority, Shicun Town & Chuxiong City (Yunnan): archery, horse races, bullfights, wrestling, bonfires, performances of Yi instruments.
June - July:
Carnivals in Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Zhuhai and 17 holiday resorts stage dances, operas, acrobatics.
June - July:
Daxing County Watermelon Festival, Daxing (Beijing): watermelon tasting, folk performances, visits to farmers' houses.
Double Six Folk Song Fair, Xining (Qinghai): thousands of ethnic musical groups perform folk songs.
Jiayuguan Pass International Hang Glider Festival, Jiayuguan Pass (Gansu): hang gliding and Gobi Desert.
July 15 - Ausust 30:
Nadam Grassland Tourist Festival, Inner Momngolia, Mongolian games with horse races, archery, wedding ceremonies, optional visit to Genghis Khan mausoleum.
Torch Festival Of Yi Minority, Liangshan (Sichuan): horse races, singing contests, torch-light parade, bonfire.
July 25 - August 25:
Mt Wutai International Tourist Month, Taibuai, Wutai County (Shanxi): mule and horse fair, Buddhist activities folk entertainment.
July - August:
China Guizhou Famous Liquor And Wine Festival. Zunyi City & Shizhang Caves (Guizhou), museum of wine, Maotai brewery, visit to caves and waterfalls.
Xinjiang Grape Festival, Turpan (Xinjiang): Uygur minority ceremonies and dances, hami melon contest, visits to vineyards.
Tibetan Horse Race Festival, Nagqu (Tibet): horse races, mounted archery and horsemanship.
China Changchun International Film Festival, Changchun (Jilin): Chinese and foreign films shown and appraised.
Qingdao International Beer Festival, Qingdao (Shandong): beer tasting fair, fireworks, fashion shows, sports contests.
Temple Fair, Jinhua (Anhui): Buddhist ceremonies and symposium, produce fair.
Tibetan Shotan Festival, Lhasa (Tibet): display of Buddhist images, operas, yogurt banquets.
August - October:
Shopping Festivals in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. Symphony Concerts performed by
foreign and Chinese orchestras, in Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace and on the Great Wall.
Zhangjiajie International Forest Festival, Zhangjiajie (Hunan): nature trails, white-water rafting, rock climbing.
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Suzhou Silk Tourist Festival, Suzhou (Jiangsu): silk exhibitions, trade talks.
September (Late): Shanghai Tourist Festival, Shanghai: parade of floats,
open air concerts, symposiums, tea cure exchange, Shanghai Citizen for a Day.
September - October: China Tourist Festival in Guangzhou: city festival,
dance and stage entertainment, contests, shopping tours.
September - October:
Hubei Three Gorges Art Festival, Yichang (Hubei): tours of Three Gorges, culture exhibitions, trade fair.
September - October: Qufu International Confucius Culture Festival, Qufu(Shandong): birthday of Confucius, memorial service, ancient music,
exhibitions, seminars, visits to Confucian tombs.
September: Xi'an Ancient Culture Art Festival, Xi'an(Shaanxi): exhibitions, folk performances, trade fair.
International Qiantang River Tide-observing Festival, Yangguan, Hangzhou (Zhejiang): watch water reverse and thunder Lip river.
Zhengzhou International Shaolin Martial Arts Festival, Zhengzhou(Henan): martial arts demonstrations, displays and contests, folk art and customs.
Dalian International Fashion Festival, Dalian(Liaoning): fashion shows, trade fair, design competition, exhibitions.
Jingdezhen international Pottery And Porcelain Festival, Jingdezhen(Jiangxu): World Pottery Technique Competition, exhibition of
pottery and pottery making, porcelain making techniques, contests, demonstrations and crafts for sale.
Huangshan Mountain International Tourist Festival, Huangshan(Anhui): lantern festival, tour of mountains, folk performances, trade fair.
Baoding Health Building Festival For Seniors, Baoding(Hubei): senior citizens do Tai Ji exercises in
parks, visit Qigong hospital, Martial Arts Hall and Medicine King Temple, taste traditional health foods.
Guilin Scenery Festival Guilin(Guangxi): lantern festival on Li River, bonfire party, traditional song and dance.