China Festival Summer

1. The Torch Festival of the Yi Minority in Liangshan, Sichuan Province

Dates: July 23-28

Place: Sichuan Province

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

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, horsemanship and material exchange activities will be held.

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

Dates: June 24-26

Place: 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.

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 Fesival is also known as the Yogurt Banquet Festival. During the festival, religious follows will display a large picture of the Buddha under the sun, traditional Tibetan opera will be performed and various materials fairs will be held. Tourists can also visit southern Tibet.

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 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 South East Asia and other parts of the world participate in dragon boat races. Dragon boat folk performances are shown as well.

6. Mt. Wutai International Tourist Month

Dates: July 25-August 25

Place: Taihua Town, Wutai County, Shanxi Province

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

7. Jiayuguan Pass International Gliding Festival

Dates: July 15-18

Place: Jiayuguan Pass Gliding Base, Gansu Province

Activities: Gliding contests and flight training are arranged. And silver, gold and diamond flight certificates are granted. Tourists may experience this unique activity under the direction of the pilots and enjoy the mystical colors of the vast Gobi Desert and the splendor of the snow sceneries of 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.

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 shown and evaluated, and 'Changchun Commemorative Cups' are issued. In addition , trade fairs and exhibitions of high-tech products are held. Guandong lantern show and food festival are also held and the unique Yangge dance of the northeast feature is performed.

9. Qingdao International Beer Festival

Dates: In the second 10-day period of August

Place: Qingdao City, Shandong Province

Activities: Large recreational performances, art parades, fashion shows, seaside fireworks, sporting events, trade fairs and symposiums for the exchange of brewing technology are held.

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.

11. Daxing County Water-Melon Festival

Dates: June to July

Place: Daxing County, Beijing

Activities: Tours of water-melon fields and water-melon tasting activities are held. Folk performances are given, and tourists may visit farmers' houses.

12. China Guizhou Famous Liquor and Wine Festival

Dates: July to August

Place: 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 liquor or 'white spirit'. Other tourist attractions include the Site of Zunyi Meeting and the waterfalls at the Shizhang Cave.

13. Nadam Grassland Tourist Festival

tes: July 15-August 30

Place: Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region

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

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 local graceful dances. A hami melon contest and trade fairs are arranged. In addition, travelers may visit the street of grapes and melons and see commercial camel teams traveling along the Silk Road as they did 2,000 years ago.


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