Festivals & Celebrations in Sichuan
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TOPZigong Dinosaur Lantern Festival
The Dinosaur Lantern Festival in Zigong City, which is held around the Spring Festival, dates back to the Tang (618-907) and the Song (960-1279) Dynasties. At the festival are displayed China's colorful traditional lanterns made of bamboo, silk, paper and glass bottles, together with the colorful modern porcelain lanterns, underwater lanterns, gas-discharging lanterns, and the program-controlled lanterns. You can feast your eyes on more than 100 collections of large lanterns as well as several thousand small ones. Most of the funny and beautiful lantern shapes are based on myths, legends, historical stories, movie &TV stories, folk customs, and science-fiction figures. The diversified vivid dinosaur shapes, which are indispensable to the festival, are most distinctive and enchanting.
TOPChengdu Flower Festival
Chengdu Flower Festival enjoys a long history of over 1,000 years, dating back to the Tang and the Song Dynasties. The festival, used to be held in the Qingyang Temple, starts on the 15th day in the second month of the lunar calendar and lasts for more than a month.
In the February of Chengdu, the weather is fine, the spring is coming, and all kinds of flowers are blooming. So, the local people say that the 15th day in the second lunar month is the birthday of all flowers. On the day, most of the flower farmers nearby or from afar carry their carefully cultivated flowers to Chengdu for displaying, and many people go out in groups to appreciate the beautiful blooming flowers. Since 1980, the flower festival has been held in the Cultural Park, a wall distance from Qingyang Temple.
TOPEmei Mountain Pilgrims' Festival
As a natural and cultural heritage, Emei Mountain is one of the four famous Buddhist Mountains in China, boasting a long and profound Buddhist culture. Every year, Emeishan City will hold festivals and celebrations on a large scale in the tourist season, one of which is the Emei Mountain Pilgrims' Festival held in May. The festival, consisting of worshipping Buddha and sightseeing activities, usually lasts about 7 days. At the festival, the respected Buddhist dignitaries at home and abroad are invited to hold a series of Buddhist lectures, temple fairs and pilgrimage activities, praying blesses and happiness for the pilgrims.
Duyang Festival, held on the fifth day in the fifth lunar month every year, is a festival of the Yi nationality, similar to the Dragon Boat Festival of the Han nationality. At the festival, all the Yi households hang sweet flag leaves and wormwood leaves on their doors; the children wash their faces with realgar wine; the young people, bringing zongzi (glutinous rice dumplings wrapped in bamboo leaves), wine and tuotuo meat with them, go out to do all kinds of activities such as singing, dancing, wrestling and horse racing to their hearts' content.
TOPHuanglong Temple Fair
Huanglong Temple Fair is held on the 15th day in the sixth lunar month every year, which is said to be the day when Huanglong Taoist succeeded in cultivating himself to be an immortal. The grand temple fair is usually held in the back Huanglong Temple, where the people of all nationalities nearby or from afar gather together, enjoying themselves by singing and dancing heartily.
TOPLiangshan Yi Minority Torch Festival
The famous Yi Minority Torch Festival is held in Liangshan Prefecture on the 24th day in the sixth lunar month every year. Torch is called "duzai" in the Yi language, in which, "du" means "fire", while "zai" means "compensation".
Here is a legend about the origin of "duzai" and the torch festival. Long ago, Deity Stiguz often sent his subordinate Zekuxef to the earth to collect taxes. However, Zekuxef took the chance to extort extra money from the Yi people and savagely oppress them. One day, he came to Srebago's home for grains and silver, but Srebago was not in. Zekuxef then demanded overbearingly for food and drink, threatening to throw Srebago to death. Nevertheless, he had three teeth broken immediately after eating a mouthful of rice mixed with gold and silver. Knowing Srebago was stronger than him, Zekuxef escaped in panic into the big forest and later was killed in a big tree hole by Srebago. Knowing this, Deity Stiguz was very furious and sent heavenly worms to the earth to eat the crops planted by the Yi people. A skylark, feeling sad at seeing this, interceded with Deity Stiguz for the Yi people. Deity Stiguz agreed that the Yi people could compensate the death of Zekuxef with gold and silver. Then the Yi people collected all their gold and silver together, only to find that the total amount still wanted 9 liang (or 450 grams) of silver and 9 qian (or 45 grams) of gold. When people were feeling helpless, Srebago thought of fire. He led the Yi people to ignite torches and burn the heavenly worms to death. From then on, they could have good harvests and more livestock every year. Nowadays the Yi people in Liangshan hold a torch festival every year to commemorate the event.
At the torch festival are held the traditional folk sports activities such as wrestling, horse racing, bull fighting, goat fighting and rooster fighting, etc. The joyous torch carnival reaches its climax usually at night, when all the Yi people, young or old, male or female, are holding numerous holy torches, celebrating a good harvest and praying for more happiness. Then the Yi people and the people of other nationalities in Liangshan, as well as the tourists coming all the way from home and abroad, will surround the burning firewood piles and dance hand in hand to the beautiful Yi melody until the dawn next day.
TOPLuzhou International Famous Wine Festival
Held on September 9th-13th in Luzhou City, "the city of wine", Luzhou International Famous Wine Festival has been held every two years since 1993 to popularize Luzhou wine culture, expand the tourist market and promote the international wine communication. At the festival, you can visit 11 markets like the famous wine market, tourist market, business bidding market and the book market, etc; you can also enjoy all kinds of cultural activities and performances.
TOPMiyaluo Red Leaves Festival
Miyaluo Red Leaves Festival is held in the middle of October. "Miyaluo", meaning "amusing valley" in the Tibetan language, is situated in the valley belt of Minjiang River anabranch. Miyaluo Scenic Area boasts continuous mountains, freely flowing streams, and pleasant scenery. In the dense woods along the valley grow countless trees such as maple trees, birch trees, goose-palm pines, and larch trees, etc. When autumn comes, the leaves of these trees will gradually turn gorgeously golden and cardinal red. The three thousand square kilometers of red leaves, looking like blooming flowers or moving red waves, decorate the mountains more beautifully. If you come to the scenic area in autumn, you may be intoxicated by the beautiful scenery and forget to return home.
TOPYi ehtnic people's New Year Festival
The New Year Festival of the Yi people, lasting about three days, is in the tenth lunar month or the 11th lunar month. Normally, the exact dates are not fixed but decided by the necromancers' augury. If there are good harvests this year, the dates for the New Year Festival can be the same as the last year's; otherwise, auspicious dates have to be redecided. On the morning of the festival, the Yi people shoot hunting guns, celebrating the good harvests and the coming of the festival. The middle-aged men go out in groups to pay a New Year call to their relatives and friends as well as to each other. Instead, the women stay at home entertaining the guests. At the festival, besides singing and dancing, the Yi people hold athletic activities like horse racing and arrow shooting to celebrate their own New Year.
TOPChina International Gourmet Food Tourist Festival
The China International Gourmet Food Tourist Festival, held in Chengdu in October every year by the municipal government, is a big international folk-custom festival with strong local characteristics. At the festival, the sweet smell of the gourmet food will spread to every part of Chengdu City, drawing people out of their homes to taste the delicacies of different flavors.
TOPSichuan International TV Festival
Sichuan International TV Festival is held in the late October or the middle November every two years in Chengdu. Since 1991, the festival has been held for 7 times, becoming an important market for the transactions of China's film and TV programs and one of the main channels for the import and export of the broadcasting &TV equipment and the network technologies.
TOPChengdu Lantern Festival
Chengdu Lantern Festival is a traditional folk-custom activity based on the custom of admiring the lanterns during the Lantern Festival. It is held in the fifteenth day of the first month according to Chinese lunar calendar. At present, it lasts for one month from about Feb. 17th to March. 17th. Every year, in the evenings of the Lantern Festival, the streets of Chengdu are all decorated with various lanterns of a variety of colors and festoons. You will feel as if you are in a sea of colorful lanterns.
During Chengdu Lantern Festival, there are usually temple fairs, containing various recreational activities, such as the characteristic performances, acrobatics, martial art, lantern riddles, oral stunts, shadow play and magic show. Besides, tourists can also satisfy their stomach with a variety of local snacks.
People spend the festival together with their families, eating delicious rice glue balls, as a symbol of family reunions and happiness. Besides, the local residents, together with their relatives and friends, will also go to visit the lantern show and the temple fair, watch the moon and set off the fireworks, spending the nights cheerfully and joyfully. Thus, the famous Chengdu Lantern Festival attracts an increasing number of tourists from all over the world to Chengdu to enjoy this festival.
TOPWater Dragon Festival
The dragon festivals in Luodai are composed of fire dragon festival and water dragon festival. In the 15th day of the first month according to the Chinese calendar, the fire dragon dances for several days praying for a prosperous year for the local people. On the other hand, in the hot and dry days during summer, the water dragon plays an important part in Praying for rain. The water dragon festival in Luodai was first held in the year 2000. It has been held in mid-July since then. The bare-chested dragon dancers wearing shorts and sandals with dragon tattoos on their waists are dancing in spirits together with the female dragon dancers wearing flower wreath and bellybands. There are. The spectators splash water to the dragon and over each other happily or spout fireworks to the dragon. According to local customs, fireworks and water are the symbol of good luck. Thus, the more fireworks they spout and the more water they splash, the more prosperous they will be next year. During the festival, there are a variety of activities, such as bringing dragons home, painting dragons’ eyes, worshipping ancestors and greeting dragons.
During the festival, tourists can also enjoy various performances with rich local characteristics. Besides, tourists can also experience the exciting activities by taking part in them personally.
The early Hakka in China moved to the coastal areas from the central plains in order to escape the chaos caused by wars and natural disasters. The coastal areas are extremely fertile and there is abundant rain for crops. Thus, the Hakkas live in abundance there from generation to generation. In order to thank the Dragon King of the Eastern Sea for its rainfall in good time, the local Hakkas hold the water dragon festival in summer every year in celebration of the bumper harvest year. After a few years, the Hakkas moved to Sichuan for some reason and the custom of water dragon dance was brought to Sichuan simultaneously. The Hakkas have lived in Luodai Town since then. Luodai Town is located 17 kilometers away from Chengdu City and it’s the famous provincial historical and cultural town.
The water dragon festival not only spreads Hakka Culture and developed the local customs with great ethnic characteristics, but also provides a unique opportunity for people to experience the excitement.
TOPInternational Peach Flower Festival
Longquan International Peach Flower Festival is held on Longquan Mountain of Flowers and Fruits scenic spot which is the famous tourist resort. It usually starts on March 18th and lasts for half a month when the mountains are covered with beautiful peach blossoms in full bloom. Longquanyi District is one of the top four honey peach production bases and is celebrated as “The Land of Chinese Honey Peaches” by the nation. Longquan Mountain scenic area covers an area of 234 square kilometers and there are over 1,700 fruit trees. During the peach flower festival, tourists can also enjoy a number of various activities, such as the large-scale artistic performances and millions of flowers show.
Longquan Peach Flower Festival was first held in the year 1987, aiming to take full advantage of this favorable natural resource in Chengdu of Sichuan Province. Besides, it also has profound and lasting significance in economy, culture and art. Up till now, it has become a grand annual festival in Chengdu. And an increasing number of tourists from everywhere flock to Longquan Mountain of Flowers and Fruits in March to enjoy the beauty of flowers.
During the festival, besides appreciating peach blossoms, there are various activities, such as mountaineering competition and large-scale fireworks party.
The most characteristic activity is relaxing in the homes of flower growers, drinking tea, enjoying the scenery and having a taste of the authentic green food with local characteristics. It’s suggested that the best time to visit there is after the date of March 20th and tourists had better avoid weekends.
While staying in Chengdu in March, if you are looking for a beautiful and quiet paradise for relaxation, Longquan International Peach Flower Festival is a good choice.
TOPChengdu Pengzhou Peony Festival
Pengzhou, located in the north of Chengdu City, is the largest peony cultivation base in Southwest China, with a long history of over 1,000 years. Pengzhou Peony Festival is ranked as one of the largest peony festivals in China, together with Luoyang Peony Festival and Heze Peony Festival. Following the traditional folk custom dating back to the Tang and Song dynasties, an annual peony festival is held in April and May in Pengzhou. Chengdu Pengzhou Peony Festival was firstly held in the year 1985 and has been ranked as one of the top 3 peony festivals in China. Danjing Mountain, which is the place of historical interests, is used as the primary venue of the festival. During the festival, tourists can not only appreciate the famous and precious peonies, but also have the opportunity to visit Mt. Danjing, take part in cultural entertainment activities with rich local characteristics and have a taste of special and local products. From the ancient times, peony has been celebrated as the symbol of happiness, good luck, peace and prosperity. Pengzhou peony features wide varieties, big petals and faint scent, which are deeply fond of by tourists.
In 1985, peony was celebrated as the city flower of Pengzhou. There are a large variety of peonies in Pengzhou. Peonies are traditional Chinese precious flowers which are dignified and graceful. Every year, near the date of Tomb-sweeping Day, the grand peony festival is held in Pengzhou garden and Mt. Danjing. There are two peony exhibition areas in Pengzhou, including Tianpeng Peony Garden and Peony garden of Mt. Danjing. Tianpeng Peony Garden covers an area of over ten mu with over 40 kinds of peonies. Mt. Danjing is famous for its rich peonies with the plant area of more than 30 mu and is also one of the famous tourist areas of Sichuan Province.
TOPZigong Dinosaur Lantern Festival
Zigong Dinosaur Lantern Festival in China enjoys a long standing reputation with the essence of Chinese lamp culture, celebrated as the best lamp under heaven. During the festival, there are a number of festivous activities, including setting off sky lanterns, a dragon lantern dance and a lion lantern dance. There are a variety of images that are vivid and lifelike, such as the image of singing of Liusanjie in antiphonal style, lotus Fairy, peacocks made of glass and golden deer. During the festival, the dragon-lantern dance with rich local characteristics is a unique highlight.
Zigong Dinosaur Lantern Festival combines traditional colorful lanterns with modern science and technology, which is the perfect combination of contemporary theme and classical mythology legends. The festival presents a colored world with spectacular scene and great momentum.
The custom of lighting lanterns in Zigong enjoys a long historical standing, dating back to the Tang Dynasty. Zigong Lantern Festival is ranked as “the pride of the traditional Chinese culture” and “the elegant art”. The large-scale folk cultural activity attracts an increasing number of tourists from home and abroad every year.
Zigong, which is home to dinosaurs, has possessed over 40 dinosaur fossils ruins which are well protected with a large variety since the year 1915. Besides, Zigong has been celebrated as “the town of lanterns in South China” from the ancient times. The lanterns of Zigong enjoy a long history of about 1,000 years, dating back to the Tang Dynasty.
TOPChengdu Flower Festival
Chengdu has enjoyed the reputation of flower city from the ancient times. Chengdu Flower Festival is held on the 15th day of the second lunar month in Chengdu Qingyang Taoist Temple which is one of the oldest Taoist temples in China, when there exhibits a number of famous and precious flowers of a great variety.
During the festival, the flower growers and local residents flock to Qingyang temple to show their delicate flowers or appreciate the famous flowers, such as Chinese flowering apples, plum blossoms, mangnolia, camellia and Winter Jasmine. Besides, there are also a variety of snacks and local specialties along the street. Every year, numerous tourists in an endless stream go to Qingyang Taoist temple of Chengdu to appreciate the flower festival.
The festival dates back to the Tang and Song dynasties with a long history of more than 1,000 years. It is said that the birthday of the ancestor of Taoism falls in the 15th day of February according to the traditional Chinese calendar. Thus, an annual temple fair has been held there since the Tang Dynasty. Meanwhile, as the weather in February in Chengdu is pleasant and fine, with blooming flowers, it is said that February 15th of the Chinese calendar is the birthday of all the flowers. As a result, a flower festival is held there annually in celebration of the start of spring.
TOPFire Dragon Festival
The fire dragon festival in Huanglongxi ancient town is usually held from the 2nd day to the 15th day of the first month according to Chinese calendar (usually in February) every year. The festival enjoys a long history, dating back to the Southern Song Dynasty. There are a large variety of activities, including burning the fire dragon, colorful dragon performance, lion-dance performance, setting lanterns on the river, flying sky lanterns and setting off firecrackers and fireworks.
According to the ancient mythology in China, there are three kinds of powerful dragons, including the Ying Dragon, the Candle Dragon and the Mother Dragon. The Ying Dragon dominates rain and wind, while the Candle Dragon controls darkness and light and the Mother Dragon gave birth to 9 more powerful dragons. Thus, the local people have performed the dragon lantern dance in winter every year since the Southern Song Dynasty for the worship of the dragons.
The fire dragon festival originated from the Eastern Han Dynasty and prospered in the Southern Song Dynasty, passing on from generation to generation. In the ancient times, the fire dragon festival was held in order to drive away the monsters in the dark. The fire dragon festival nowadays is developed from the dragon dance of the Southern Song Dynasty and improves in both content and form, being the unique folk-custom activity for praying for a harvest and prosperous year. Every year, an increasing number of tourists come to the ancient town and enjoy the fire dragon festival simultaneously.
In the year 1996, Huanglongxi Ancient Town was designated as “home to the folk art, fire dragon” by the State Ministry of Culture. In November 2006, the fire dragon dance of Huanglongxi ancient town was listed into the list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, which is the first range of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Chengdu City.
TOPThe Releasing Water Festival on Tomb-Sweeping Day
The releasing water festival is regarded as the holy activity by local people. It is held on Tomb-sweeping Day (usually on April 5th) in praise of the builders of Dujiangyan Irrigation Project every year, marking the beginning of a new spring ploughing, according to the ancient fete ceremony.
Dujiangyan Irrigation Project was constructed more than two thousand years ago. Since it has been constructed, Chengdu Plain has been freed from blood. Nowadays, it can be mainly used as both a flood prevention mechanism and the irrigation system, acting as the vital resource and life spring of the plain of Chengdu and benefiting the local people for more than 2,000 years. Thus, every year, an annual grand festival is usually held in celebration of the great project and in memory of its builders on Tomb-sweeping Day, before the period of spring ploughing. In the beginning of the opening of the festival every year, a fete ceremony is held and the ode is read to the great builders of the project in the ceremony. Besides, sacrificial offerings are provided.
During the festival, there are various performances, such as bamboo pole dance. After the official riding a horse passes the message, the water releasing begins. Then the famers cut off the ropes which are tied up to the cofferdam with all their strength. As a result, the water is released, flowing to Chengdu Plain. Due to the great project, the residents of Chengdu enjoy harvest years and live in abundance. Thus, they hold the festival every year in order to inherit the great pioneering sprit of the builders.
What’s more, the releasing water festival was ranked in the list of the first group of the National Intangible Heritages. Besides, the festival, together with the great Dujiangyan Irrigation System which is also UNESCO world cultural heritage site, attracts an increasing number of tourists from everywhere.
Zhuanshan Festival is held on the 8th day of the 4th lunar month on Mt. Paoma in Kangding County of Sichuan Province every year, which is a traditional festival of the local Zang nationality. It is also named Buddha Bath Festival because it is said that April 4th of the Chinese calendar is the birthday of Shakyamuni Buddha and there is water issuing from the mouths of the 9 dragons for Shakyamuni to have a bath on that day. Meanwhile, a large number of people of a variety of minorities will be dressed in gorgeous national costume and go to take part in the great festival together with their families by horse or car, bringing excellent wine, delicious food, tents and cookers with them.
During the festival, people burn joss sticks and offer sacrificial offerings to the gods for bless and a harvest year. As the weather in April in Kangding is very pleasant with beautiful spring blossoms, people would like to go on a spring outing there after the ceremony of the festival. They set up the tents on the lawn on the top of the mountain or by the lake and have a picnic there, drinking mellow wine, holding archery and wresting competition, taking part in various folk performances, singing and dancing and making merry to their heart's content all night long. You will see an ocean of tents and people enjoy themselves sitting around the bonfire.
Nearby attractions: Mt. Gongga, Xindu Bridge, Kangding hot spring and Mt. Paoma
TOPSinging Competition in Wangcong ancestral temple
The singing competitions in Wangcong ancestral temple are the traditional folk competitions among the residents of the west of Sichuan Province, with a long history of over 1,500 years, which are one of the rare folk singing competitions in Sichuan Province. The singing competition in Wangcong temple was in a period of a great prosperity in the Qing Dynasty and has become popular nowadays. Every year, near the date of May 15th of the traditional Chinese calendar, the singing competitions are held in Wangcong ancestral temple in Pi County of Sichuan Province. The singers participating in the competitions are mainly the local farmers who are good at singing. The songs are folk songs that are sung in the fields during their work with rich native characteristics, expressing their deep feelings. The folk songs are loud, clear and melodious. Some of the folk songs have the characteristics of that of Hubei, Hunan and the Hakkas of Guangdong provinces. During the singing competition, there are also a number of various activities in the county, including the cultural, recreational and sports activities.
Pi County used to be the capital city of the ancient Shu Kingdom. According to the ancient legend, when Emperor Wang abdicated, he retired from the world and lived in seclusion in the remote mountains and turned into a cuckoo in the end. In February every year, when azaleas were in full bloom, the cuckoo went back to Chengdu Plain, crowing day and night. The cuckoo crowed until blood gushed from its beak and dyed the azaleas red, which was regarded as the soul of the emperor Wang by the local people, informing the farmers of spring ploughing in time. The legend is the popular story of “cuckoo cries blood”. Thus, Pi County has been called “the cuckoo city”. In the first place, people offered sacrifice to emperors Wang and Cong in Wangcong ancestral temple, which gradually developed into the local folk custom. The later generations hold singing competitions annually near the date of May 15th of the traditional Chinese calendar in honor of Emperor Wang.
TOPSweet Osmanthus Flower Festival
Since ancient times, sweet osmanthus flower festival has been held annually in August of the traditional Chinese calendar (generally from September to October) in Chengdu, appreciating and praising the sweet-scented sweet osmanthus flowers. The festival is usually held by Gui Lake of Xindu which is located 16 kilometers north of Chengdu City. The Gui Lake of Xindu is celebrated as one of the top 5 scenic spots for admiring sweet osmanthus flowers in China, with a large variety of sweet osmanthus flowers, enjoying a superior and favorable condition.
The sweet osmanthus flowers are the traditional famous and precious flowers in China, regarding as the symbol of sublimity, nicety, good luck and happiness. In August of the traditional Chinese calendar every year, when the sweet osmanthus flowers are in full bloom, the sweet fragrance spread very far away and last for months. Besides, during the festival, there are a number of large-scale artistic activities, various a series of cultural exchange activities and various exhibitions, such as exhibitions of sweet osmanthus flowers bonsais and exhibitions of traditional cultural relics.
The best time to enjoy the sweet osmanthus flowers is from mid-September to early October. The sweet osmanthus flowers begin to wither and fall from mid-October.
TOPXinjin Dragon Boat Race
The dragon boat racing on May 5th of the Chinese calendar is the traditional custom of South China. Chengdu, the region of lakes and rivers, enjoys a long history of dragon boat racing. As the South River in Xinjin County of Chengdu enjoys superior and convenient geographic condition, the dragon boat racing held there annually is exciting and impressive with rich Chinese festive spirit. Besides the dragon boat racing, there are also various entertainment performances with rich folk characteristics, causing cheers of the spectators on both banks of the river. During that day, according to the ancient tradition, local people will also eat rice dumplings and wear perfume pouch. They present the perfume pouch to their family members, expressing their love to them.
Xinjin abounds with water, such as the wide South River which is quite suitable for water activities, offering enough space for recreational activities. The dragon boat racing dates back to the Tang Dynasty and became known far and wide in the Qing Dynasty. On dragon boat festival, dozens of colorful boats are moored alongside the South River with trumpets and drums making a deafening sound. The beautifully adorned boats are about 16 meters long and they are slender enough to move through the South River. After setting off firecrackers, the competitive racing begins and all the boats rush to the finishing point at a fantastic speed. On both sides of the river, the spectators shout loudly, cheering for the swift competitors.
TOPHuanglong Temple Fair
Huanglong Temple Fair is held on June 15th of the traditional Chinese calendar in Huanglong Temple every year. Huanglong Temple is located at the foot of Xuebaoding which is the major peak of Minshan, in Songpan County in Aba Prefecture of Sichuan Province. Every year, from the date of June 10th of the traditional Chinese calendar, tourists from everywhere will flock to Huanglong temple by foot, horse or car, bringing cookers, delicious food and tents with them. They will burn incense and pray for a harvest year in the temple.
Huanglong Temple was built in the Ming Dynasty and it is said that the immortal named Huanglong once became immortal in Honghuang Temple on the 15th day of the 6th lunar month. In honor of his contribution to regulating rivers and water courses, the local people hold an annual temple fair. During the temple fair, there are a large number of various snacks with rich characteristics of various nationalities and areas. Besides, tourists can also appreciate various ethnic performances on the grassland. During that time, young people find a good opportunity to express their affection to their sweethearts.
Huanglong Temple is about 3.5 kilometers away from Huanglong Valley. Originally, the temple consisted of three small temples, including the front one, the middle one and the back one. At present, the front temple only remains the ruins. The middle temple is the Buddhist temple which is worshiped by Buddhist believers, with Guanyin Palace and statues of 18 Arhat. In the back temple, there is a karst cave, enshrining the Dragon King.
Ticket Price: The ticket price is 110 Yuan per person.
Visiting Time: The best time to visit Huanglong Temple Fair is from April to November every year. It’s not available in winter.
1. Automobile: The automobile from Chengdu and Jiuzhaigou to Huanglong are convenient and available. Tourists can get off at Chuanzhu Temple and then transfer the local bus there. However, from November to the following March, the roads are not available because of the heavy snow. Chuanzhu Temple is 39 kilometers away from Huanglong.
2. Airplane: Tourist can get off the plane at Jiuhuang Airport in the town of Chuanzhu temple. The airport is 43 kilometers away from Huanglong. There are direct scheduled buses from the airport to Huanglong during the tourist seasons, from April to November, with the price of 23 CNY per person.
TOPGuangyuan Daughter Festival
The Daughter Festival is held annually in Guangyuan of Sichuan Province. Guangyuan is the birthplace of the Empress Wu of the Tang Dynasty. According to the legend, the Empress Wu was born on the 23rd day of the first lunar month (usually in February), just before which her mother cruised on the river of Guangyuan and then she felt pregnant. Thus, the local people regarded Empress Wu’s birthday as a holy day, during which a large crowd of people in splendid attire stroll about to Shengze Temple, Zetian Dam and the bank of Jialing River, in memory of Empress Wu and praying for auspicious omen. Until the year 1988, Guangyuan Government decided to denominate the festival as “Daughter Festival” and made September 1st as the date of the festival. The Daughter Festival in Guangyuan is also the intangible cultural heritage.
Women’s cruising on Jialing River is the most seductive folk cultural activity in Guangyuan, which is the most important part of the Daughter Festival. Jialing River was where Empress Wu’s mother cruised and felt pregnant. During the festival, there are colorful boats on the river, making slow headway. On the boats, people in splendid attire, together with dragon lanterns lion dances, sing and dance happily, attracting a crowd of spectators on both sides of the river.
The Daughter Festival was once stopped in history. Until the year 1998, Guangyuan started to unearth the local cultural heritage, renovate the Huangze Temple and open the places of interest, attracted an increasing number of tourists by its reputation. Since then, the traditional Daughter Festival has been restarted, with more new activities and contents.
TOPMt. Emei Worship Festival
Every year, Emeishan City holds a number of large-scale activities before peak tourist seasons, such as Mt. Emei Worship Festival. Mt. Emei Worship Festival is usually held on Mt. Emei in May, lasting for seven days and aiming to spread and carry forward Buddhist culture to people all over the world. Mt. Emei is located in Emeishan City of Sichuan Province with the scenic area of 154 square kilometers and it’s also the holy Buddhist place. It is one of the most famous mountains in China breath-taking landscape. The festival has both sightseeing and pilgrimage value as Mt. Emei is the famous Buddhist tourist attraction. During the festival, a number of senior and eminent monks from all over the world will go to participate in the festival, holding Dharma assembly, temple fairs, Buddhist lectures and pilgrimage activities for blessing.
TOPXindu Lotus Festival
Xindu Lotus Festival is held annually in Gui Lake Park in Xindu of Sichuan Province, lasting from June 1st to August 1st. The Gui Lake Park is situated 16 kilometers away from Chengdu City. The Gui Lake of Xingu is ranked as one of the top ten places for appreciating and viewing lotus in China, enjoying a long history of the cultivation of lotus. The plant of lotus in Xindu can date back to the Han Dynasty. Since the year 1994, there has been lotus festival in Xindu, which is held by Xindu and Chinese lotus association. During the festival, there are also a number of recreational activities of a great variety, including the beer festival which helps to spend the summer at leisure, the lotus gourmet festival which can satisfy your stomach, the competition of the beautiful lotus fairy, the exhibition of the various furniture, Yulanpen Dharma assembly in Baoguang temple, the exhibition of traditional cultural relics, the competition of weaving skills and the exhibition of lotus bonsais.
TOPXichang Torch Festival
Xichang Torch Festival of the Yi nationality is held annually on the 25th day of the six lunar month of the traditional Chinese calendar, lasting for three days. It is the traditional festival of the Yi nationality for driving away evil spirits and praying for a prosperous year. On that day, the local people and tourists from many other places gather there, dancing and singing joyfully in praise of the brilliant national culture and spirit.
Xichang is the largest area in China, inhabited by the Yi nationality with rich ethnic customs. On the first day, the local people satisfy their stomach with mutton, beef and pure wine. On the second and third day, the climax of the festival reaches and people of all ages dressed in splendid attire gather together. The men participate in the traditional competitive sports, such as bullfight, horse racing and wrestling, while women are singing and dancing. At night, all the people holding torches sit together around the bonfire, dancing and rejoicing with wild excitement overnight. Thus, the torch festival is also celebrated as “the oriental Carnival”.
The lighting festival is held on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month annually in order to be in memory of Tsongkhapa who is the Buddhist reformer and founder of the Gelug Sect of Buddhism. On that day, people belonging to this religious sect in every temple and the herdsmen in various villages will light up oil lamps in altars or in scripture halls in their homes all night long, reading Buddhist scriptures and praying for bless.
During the festival, people are dressed in splendid attire and gather together in front of the temple, worshiping and reading Buddhist scriptures with reverence. They are absorbed in the sutra, showing their religious devotion. Besides, the men of all villages riding horses, bring pine branches which are prepared with them to the Buddhist tower near the village. They read scriptures and hold grand ceremony in front of the tower. Meanwhile, they throw up flags which are printed with tigers, lions, dragons or rocs into the sky. Then the horsemen perform all kinds of equestrians for the Buddhists and the local people. The young people perform the ethnic dance called “Guozhuang” and the singers express their good wishes to everyone by singing. Besides, the artists talk and sing the folk legendary long poem of the Tibetan nationality, such as the tales of King Gesar. The old people are seated on the stands, drinking and enjoying the performance. As the moon is rising, all the people go home with their family members, chanting scriptures happily.
TOPTulip Festival in Stone Elephant Lake Scenic Area
The Tulip Festival is held annually in Stone Elephant Lake Scenic Area, which is the most important festival in Stone Elephant Lake Scenic Area and the largest tulip festival in Asia. Stone Elephant Lake Scenic Area is located in Chengdu of Sichuan Province, near Pujiang River. The tulips, which are the national flower of the Netherlands, symbolize dignity and happiness with various bright colors and exquisite blossoms. It represents different kinds of beauties from in early puberty to in full bloom. Thus, tulip is celebrated as “the queen of flowers”. The introduction of the tulips contributes to the integration of Chinese and Western cultures, helping you to feel the spring of the western world. In March every year, millions of famous and precious tulips from Europe are in full bloom in Stone Elephant Lake Park. The florescence lasts from March to May.
Stone Elephant Lake Scenic Area is celebrated as “World of Mountain Flowers” and “Paradise of Outlandish Spirit”. It is one of the scenic areas for appreciating flowers. Besides, after the blooming seasons of the tulips, other kinds of flowers are to come to bloom such as lilies and roses. Stone Elephant Lake Scenic Area abounds with natural resources and large area of ecological spots, making it a paradise for animals and plants as well as a quiet place for people who want to keep away from the bustle and hustle of the modern cities.
In the park, there are also a number of performances, such as stage performances, songs and dances of ethnic minorities and living sculpture show. Besides, sightseeing cars and boats, bungee and other recreational facilities are all available.
Admission Ticket Price: 50 Yuan per person
Boat ticket in the park: 20 Yuan per person
Transportation: There are regular buses from New South Gate Station of Chengdu to Stone Elephant Lake Park, with the ticket price of 21 Yuan for a single trip.
TOPHorse Racing Festival on Tagong Grassland
The horse racing festival is held on August 1st annually on Tagong Grassland in Kangding County of Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Sichuan Province, 113 kilometers northwest of Kangding. On that day, the herdsmen wearing splendid attire gather on Tagong Grassland from far and near, celebrating the festival joyfully together. On the racing field, spectators can admire the galloping horses, breathtaking horse skill performances, unique plateau landscape with rich ethnic characteristics and an ocean of happiness. During the festival, there are huge crowds of people and a number of tents are set up on the grassland. Besides, a grand Buddhist ceremony is also held during the festival every year.
Best Visiting Time
In the periods of summer and autumn every year, Tagong Grassland represents picturesque scenery. On the green grassland, all kinds of bright and colorful flowers are in full bloom and herds are browsing in the beautiful sunshine. In the morning, there is fragrance of milk wafting up from the tents of the herdsmen. Tourists can also visit the herdsmen’s homes, knowing about the lives of the local people and experience the glamour of the plateau.
Transportation from Chengdu to Tagong Grassland
1. Tourists can firstly take a bus to Danba. There are direct buses at Ximen long-distance bus station of Chengdu to Danba. The bus runs at 7:00 every day, taking about 5 hours. The distance is 370 kilometers between Cehngdu and Danba. There is beautiful natural scenery on the sides of the road. Then take a bus from Danba long-distance bus station to Bamei, taking about 3 hours, with good road condition. At last, take a chartered bus from Bamei to Tagong Grassland.
2. Take a bus from Chengdu to Kangding in the first place. Then take a bus from Kangding to Bamei and get off at Tagong.