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China Travel Festivals


The Autumn

1. Shanghai Huangpu Tourist Festival
Dates :
September 21-27
Place : Shanghai
Activities : Performances on large decorated floats, open-air concerts, Chinese-foreign tea culture exchanges, symposiums on international tourism and displays of the art and culture of the Red Mansions. Tours include Being a Shanghai Citizen for One Day, Discovering the Essence of Shanghai, a Night Cruise over the Huangpu River. There are shopping centers and a world of delicious food.

2. Zhangjiajie International Forest Festival
Date :
September 18
Place : Zhangjiajie, Hunan Province
Activities : Zhangjiajie is the first national forest park established in China , with over 97 percent of its area covered by trees. During the festival, tourists may join forest tour, rafting on the Maoyan River and take part in an international mountain-climbing and rock climbing invitations. The Tujia people put on performances, practice Qigong and perform rock climbing.

3. Suzhou Silk Tourist Festival
Dates :
September 20-25
Place : Suzhou, Jiangsu Province
Activities : Suzhou is known as the'Silk Capital', being one of the most important silk producing areas in China. During the festival, silk garments exhibition, trade talks and various recreational performances centered on silk are arranged.

4. Jingdezhen International Pottery and Porcelain Festival and the World Pottery Technique Competition
Dates :
October 11-14
Place : Jingdezhen, Jiangxi Province
Activities : Jingdezhen is known as the porcelain capital of China. Its kiln was operated for over 1,000 years. Quality porcelain produced in Jingdezhen was highly acclaimed by people all over the world. During the festival, an international exhibition of ancient local pottery and porcelain products and an exhibition of works by Jingdezhen's famous modern artisans are held. In addition, exhibitions of pottery, demonstrations of porcelain-making techniques and tea-making are arranged, international academic exchanges on pottery and porcelain and trade talks are also held. Tourists may participate in pottery and porcelain tours, such as tours of the porcelain-making techniques of the Ming (1368-1644) and the Qing (1644-1911), tours of historical pottery and porcelain sites and the study of pottery and porcelain.

5. Xi'an Art Festival of Ancient Culture
Dates :
Place : Xi'an, Shaanxi Province
Activities : Large-scale culture and art performances, folk customs performances, exhibitions of traditional culture and trade fairs are held.

6. International Qiantang River Tidal Bore Watching Festival
Dates :
September (the 18th day of the eighth lunar month)
Place : Yanguan, Haining County of Hangzhou, Zhejiang province
Activities : The tides of the Qiantang River are a natural wonder. When the tides come, the water and sky are linked together, accompanied by a thundering sound. With water that surges several meters high, the scene of rolling waves is magnificent. Since the Han and Tang dynasties, the custom of people watching the river's tides has been carried on to this day. At the opening ceremony, local song and dance performances will be presented.
During the festival, minority song and dance performances will be arranged as well as the business talks and other folk activities.

7. Zhengzhou International Shaolin Martial Arts Festival
Dates :
Place : Zhengzhou, Henan Province
Activities : The Shaolin martial arts style dates back to the Tang Dynasty and reached its peak in the Ming Dyuasty (1368-1644). Gradually, the martial arts of Shaolin Temple spread among the people. During the festival, various Shaolin martial arts performances and contests are held and international martial arts exchange activities are arranged . In addition, a visit to the Zhengzhou Yellow River Tourist Area will offer tourists a taste of folk customs on both sides of the Yellow River.

8. Dalian International Fashion Festival
Dates :
Early September
Place :
Dalian, Liaoning Province
Activities : Events include a large evening performance at the city square, an international fashion fair, business talks for exporting garments, a Chinese youth fashion design competition and fashion shows.

9. Qufu International Confucius Culture Festival
Dates :
September 26-October 10
Place : Qufu, Shandong Province
Activities : The 27th day of the eighth lunar month is the birth day of Confucius, a great Chinese philosopher and educator.
During the festival, a memorial ceremony for Confucius is held along with a ceremony with recreations from ancient music and dances for commemorating Confucius. A Confucius exhibition, a local calligraphy show and trade talks are held. The tombs of Confucius and his descendants, the Confucian family mansion, the Confucius Temple, and Confucius' birth place are open for tourists. Visitors may also participate in research of Confucius' educational theories, attend local wedding ceremonies and taste the famous Shandong dishes.

10. Guilin Scenery Festival
Dates :
October 31-November8
Place : Guilin, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region
Activities : An opening ceremony and an autumn lantern festival on the Lijiang River are held. Moreover, an evening tour of the Lijiang River will show beautifully shaped lanterns which combine sound, light, color and movement. A bonfire party on Love Island folk song and dance performances and barbecues are also held . Tourists may experience Guilin's ancient culture and join Longsheng hot spring tours.

11. Chinese Beijing Opera Art Festival
Dates :
Once every two years
Place : Tianjin
Activities : Domestic and foreign artists of Beijing opera will take part in the performances. Travelers can visit the Street of Ancient Culture and the popular Nanshi Food Street.

12. Hubei Three Gorges Art Festival
Dates :
September to October
Place : Yichang, Hubei Province
Activities : With the beautiful scenery of the famous Three Gorges as the core, programs to display Hubei culture are arranged such as tours of the Three Gorges, Shennongjia and the Wudang Mountains. In addition, economic and trade activities are held.

13. Huangshan Mountain International Tourist Festival
Dates :
Place : Huangshan Mountain, Anhui Province
Activities : A traditional lantern festival, folk custom performances, tours of Huangshan Mountain and Huizhou's ancient architecture, business talks for inviting investment and exhibitions of commodities are arranged.

14. Baoding Health-Building Festival for Seniors
Dates :
October (the ninth day of the ninth lunar month)
Place : Baoding, Hebei Province
Activities : Tourists may visit senior citizens doing morning exercises in local parks, Qigong Hospital, the Martial Arts Hall, the medicine market in Anguo, the Medicine King Temple, the provincial viceroy's residence and the ancient Lotus Pond . Tourists may have a taste of traditional health food. In addition, the activities for the evaluation of longevity seniors and healthcare products fair will be held.

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