China Festival and China Experience Tourist guide
New Years Day (Yuandan): January 1. OFFICIAL NATIONAL HOLIDAY
Long Qing Gorge Ice Lantern Festival: Ice and snow sculptures decorate Long Qing Gorge and remain there until winter passes.
Spring Festival (Chunjie): Spring Festival is usually in February
but often falls in late January. Also known as Chinese New Year or Lunar
New, it falls on the first day of the first moon according to the traditional
Chinese lunar calendar. Officially, it lasts only three days but in recent
years, many people have been taking a full week. OFFICIAL NATIONAL HOLIDAY
& BIG FESTIVAL
Lantern Festival (Yuanxiao jie): Lantern Festival falls on the 15th day of the first moon--varying between February and March. You will often see paper lanterns being sold and displayed. It is custom to eat tangyuan--rice treats stuffed with black sesame paste.
Valentine's Day: February 14. Valentine's Day is a day to remind
your beloved that he/she is loved--and to remind you that if you have
no loved-one, you are a real loser! Shower your loved-one with chocolates
and flowers to show you care.
International Working Women's Day (Funu jie): March 8. It is also known as Woman's Day. OFFICIAL NATIONAL HOLIDAY
Stratus Cup Run: The Stratus Cup Run starts at the Worker's Stadium.
Guanyin's Birthday: Guanyin is the Goddess of Mercy. Her birthday
is celebrated on the 19th day of the second moon--either in March or April).
Brightness Festival (Qingming jie): April 5, except leap year. On
leap years, April 4. The Clear Brightness Festival, also known as Tomb-Sweeping
Day, is a day to remember and worship ancestors by visitng and sweeping
their graves, leaving flowers, and burning ghost money. BIG FESTIVAL
Beijing International Kite Festival: At the Mentougou Sports Center you can fly kites--both the traditional and modern kites-- and learn about kites--their flying techniques and history.
Martial Arts Festival: Go to the Great Wall at Badaling where
sentries walk, cannons explode, arrows fly, and weapons clash!
International Labor Day (Laodong jie Wuyi): May 1. OFFICIAL NATIONAL
Children's Day (Ertog jie): June 1. OFFICIAL NATIONAL HOLIDAY
Yanjing Beer Festival at Shunyi: Folk gala shows, games stalls,
beer drinking contests and "free beer."
Anniversary of the Founding of the Communist Party of China: July
1. OFFICIAL NATIONAL HOLIDAY
Nine-Dragon Cup International Dragon Boat Race: The race is held
at the Ming Tombs reservoir.
Anniversary of the Founding of the PLA: August 1. OFFICIAL NATIONAL
Beijing Watermelon Festival: There is tasting and selling and
judging of watermelons.
International Beer Festival: It is held in Asian Games Village
Terry Fox Run: The Terry Fox Run is a Canadian fundraiser for
cancer reserch. Please Contacat the Canadian Embassy for further details.
Asian Folk Customs Week: This week celebrates the eleven Asian
nations. Opening ceremonies are held at the Beijing World Park and the
International Theater of Poly Plaza.
Mid-Autumn Festival (Zhongqiu jie): The Mid-Autumn Festival,
often referred to as Moon Festival, is held on the fifteenth day
of the eighth moon. People often eat Moon Cakes duriing this time. BIG
Day (Guoqing jie): October 1. On October 1, 1949, the People's Republic
of China was founded. This is the biggest of China's official holiday.
It is an interesting time to visit Tiananmen Square as it is often lavishly
decorated. OFFICIAL NATIONAL HOLIDAY
Thanksgiving Day (Canada): In Canada, Thanksgiving Day is held
on the second Monday of October. Most people celebrate Thanksgiving by
gathering with family or friends for a holiday feast.
The International Old Folks Festival: There is food, games, music
and folkdancing at Zhongshan Park. For further inquiries, please call
Halloween: October 31. Once considered a holy evening, it is
in modern times an occasion for children to dress up in costumes and go
trick or treating--requesting treats or threatening tricks.
International Jazz Festival: The festival is held during the first
week of November with two performances each night at Beijing Children's
Theater on Wangfujing.
Thanksgiving Day (America): In America, Thanksgiving Day is held
on the last thursday of November. It is a time to give thanks, get together
with family, and gorge yourself with food and football.
China Daily Cup Children's Friendship Chess Tournament: The tournament
is held at the Chaoyang Youngster's Activity Center. For further inquiries,
please call 500-3270.