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  • Chinese Traditional Festivals

    China, a large country with 1.3 billion people boasts a 5,000-year history and glorious culture. Thus the Chinese festivals are old and numerous, embodying Chinese culture and greatly enriching people's lives. The Chinese observe a wide variety of traditional ...
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  • The Spring Festival

    The Spring Festival is known in the West as Chinese New Year, in China itself the New Year's Eve is called "Chu-xi". It is the oldest traditional festival for Chinese people, and great occasions for family reunion, just like the Christmas in the West. It alway...
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  • The Lantern Festival

    The Lantern Festival 2021 falls on 26 February, 2021. The first month of the Chinese lunar calendar is called yuan month, and in ancient times people called night xiao. It is the first night to see a full moon after the New Year. Thus, the day is called "Yuan...
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  • The Tomb Sweeping Festival

    The Tomb Sweeping Day is another traditional festival which always comes at April 4 or April 5. In Chinese it called "Qing Ming", which is also one of 24 solar terms in lunar calendar. It is the high time for spring plowing and sowing as temperature rises high...
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  • The Dragon Boat Festival

    The Dragon Boat Festival or Chinese Zongzi Festival (literally Duanwu Festival in Chinese) is one of the most important traditional festivals in China and falls on the 5th day of the 5th lunar month in Chinese calendar every year. According the legend, the fes...
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  • The Double Seventh Festival (Chinese Valentine's Day)

    The Double Seventh Festival known in China as Chinese Valentine's Day, falls on the 7th day of the 7th lunar month. Also callded "Qixi Jie" or "Qiqiao Jie", it is a traditional festival full of romance and important to ancient ladies, but not as well-known as ...
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  • The Ghost Festival

    Chinese Ghost Festival also called Hungry Ghost Festival, Zhongyuan Jie, Gui Jie, is a traditional festival which falls on the 14th night and the 15th day of the 7th lunar month. Ancient Chinese believed that 7th month in lunar calendar was ghost month, and th...
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  • Mid-Autumn Festival – What is It & What to Do?

    The Mid-Autumn festival is one of the traditional Chinese festivals and China's second largest traditional festival after the Spring Festival. The 15th day of the eighth lunar month is called "Mid-Autumn", and the night "Night of the Moon". Mid-Autumn Festival...
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  • The Double Ninth Festival

    Also named Chong Yang Festival, which falls on the ninth day of the ninth month of the Chinese lunar calendar, hence the name of Double Ninth Festival.According to Yi Jing, or the Book of Change, there are two opposing principles in nature called yin and yang,...
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  • The Winter Solstice Festival

    The Winter Solstice Festival or Dongzhi Festival is one of the most celebrated traditional festivals for Chinese and Asian people. Winter Solstice is called Dongzhi (冬至) in China, literally "the Extreme of Winter", is the 22nd one of 24 solar terms each ye...
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  • Chinese Laba Festival Falls on Jan. 1, 2012

    In China, the twelfth month of lunar year is called “La month,” and the eighth day of the twelfth lunar month is thus called “Laba Festival”. As a traditional Chinese holiday, Laba Festival marks the official start of Spring Festival, and the most dist...
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  • 15-Day Celebration of Chinese Lunar New Year

    Chinese New Year, also called 'Spring Festival' in China, is the longest and most important one of Chinese traditional festivals. It begins on the first day of the first lunar month, and ends with Lantern Festival on the 15th day. For Chinese people, it is a t...
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  • Tibetan New Year Festival

    Losar is the Tibetan word for "New Year". Losar Festival in Tibet is the grandest traditional festival for Tibetan people, just like the Christmas in the West. It marks the beginning of Tibetan New Year. There is nothing different between the monk and ordinary...
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  • Lisu's Knife-ladder-climbing Festival

    At the day of Knife-ladder-climbing festival, several strong men will show the "Daohuo" rite. They jump into the heap coals of fire with their naked feet to perform all kinds of unique stunts. The next day, they sharpen the 36 long knives and horizontally tie ...
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  • Dong's New Year Festival

    The agricultural economy production of Dong has a long history. The changes of seasons and the farming procedure make the Dong realize the concept of time. The Dong think that the time of each year`s beginning is the moment of a golden harvest. Therefore, the ...
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  • Bai's March Street Fair (Third Mont Fair)

    March street, also called “Guanyin city”, is a Bai`s grand festival and street period. Originally wears a rich atmosphere of religious activities, the March Street gradually evolves into a big commodity fair. The merchants from Sichuan, Tibet and regions s...
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  • Dong's Buffalo Fighting Festival

    According to legend, in ancient times, Dong people do not know how to transplant rice seedlings. At one occasion, two buffalo was fighting in the rice field, and trampled all the crops. The master had to remove some rice seedlings from the dense rice field to ...
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  • Miao Lusheng Festival

    Lusheng Festival is a major celebration among the ethnic Miao groups in minority autonomous area in Guizhou Province. During the festival, the Miao people come from different villages get together in the Lusheng slope. Held on the lunar 27-29 of September, the...
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  • Mongolian Naadam Festival

    OverviewMongols, as one of Chinese 56 ethnic minorities, live on the vast grasslands in the north. They are a mighty nomadic people, the descendants of Genghis Khan. They like riding and shooting, so it is called the nationality on the horse. Milk wine, milk t...
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  • Tibetan Shoton Festival

    Shoton Festival is one of the most important traditional festivals for Tibetans. It is celebrated on the last day of the 6th or the beginning of the 7th in lunar month on the Tibeton calendar. In Tibetan, “Snow” means “yogurt”, “Dun” stands for "at...
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  • Yi's Torch Festival

    Yi's Torch Festival is spent on lunar June 24th or 25th. It is a traditional festival for Yi people living are Yunnan, Guizhou and Sichuan province. This festival usually lasts for three days.The Legend of Yi's Torch FestivalThe legend about the origin of torc...
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  • New Year Water-Splashing Festival of Dai People in Xishuangbanna, Yunnan

    Do Chinese have Carnival? The answer is YES! For people looking forward to participating in the Carnival within China, Xishuangbanna Water-Splashing Festival is undoubtedly one of the best choices! The Water-Splashing Festival (also known as Buddha Bathing Cer...
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  • Spring Plowing Festival of Zhuang People in Longsheng, Guilin

    On May 8, the villagers of the ancient Zhuang Village held their traditional spring plowing festival in the beautiful Longsheng rice terraced fields. At the village gate, the women sang songs and served their home-made wine with a bamboo cup to the guests duri...
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  • Nadam Fair in China's Inner Mongolia

    Nadam is a folk festival of the Mongols. In the Mongolian language, "Nadam" means "recreation" or "game." As a mass assemble, the Nadam Fair originated from the activity of offering sacrifices to Aobao (stone or earth laid out as a road marker or boundary sing...
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  • Discovering Guizhou for Ethnic Minority Festivals in April

    April is a lovely month in China to enjoy the pleasant spring days: the earth is gradually heating up, and flowers of all sorts are blooming in a riot of color. April is also one of the best time to experience wonderful Chinese ethnic minority cultures, as var...
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  • Sister’s Meal Festival of Miao People

    Every year when spring rolls around, the hidden Miao villages in Shidong and Laotun countries of Southwest China’s Guizhou province burst into a joyous atmosphere by celebrating Sisters' Meals festival. Held from the 15th to 17th day of the third Chinese l...
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  • The Panwang Festival of Yao Ethnic Group

    The Panwang Festival (盘王节) is the grandest festival of Yao ethic group, who has a large population (2.853 million in 2010), and mainly settle in South China’s Hunan province, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, and Guangdong province. Outgrowing its past...
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  • Firecracker Festival of Dong Ethnic Group

    Firecracker Festival (Huapao Festival) is a grand traditional festival celebrated together by Dong, Zhuang and Melao ethnic people in China. On the third day of the third Chinese lunar month every year (usually falls on early – middle April), from the Dong v...
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  • Gallery: Celebrate Spring Festival in China with New Year Paintings

    China’s most important traditional festival, Spring Festival is round the corner. Celebrate it in the Old Way, and have an ultimate Chinese culture experience.  New Year painting is definitely one of the most important parts of the celebration.  Re...
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  • Experiencing Dong Culture at Zhaoxing’s Grain Rain Festival

    With over 1000 different festivals celebrated by 48 different minority groups in one year, Guizhou is one of the two provinces in China (the other one is Yunnan Province with 51 minority groups) that offer best minority culture experience. Soon on April 19...
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  • Catching Disappearing Spring Festival Customs in China Village Tour

    The most lively and joyful Spring Festival is coming to an end, and vast majority of Chinese people are back to work. But the memories of experiencing colorful New Year’s traditional customs lead us to endless aftertastes... Especially the traditional S...
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I have no idea of how many minority villages I have visited in the mountains of Southwestern China. But I still feel the urge to explore more unknown areas.

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