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18
Sep
2013

The Mid-Autumn Festival falls on the 15th day of the eighth month in Chinese lunar calendar, when the moon is at its fullest and brightest of the year. For celebration, there are many customs followed in different parts of China; however, the moon cake has been an important symbol of the festival. Thus, the Mid-Autumn festival is also known as the Moon Festival, or Mooncake Festival. The date in the Western calenda ...

21
Aug
2013

The Ghost Festival, also known as Zhongyuan Jie in Taoism or the Ullabana in Buddhism, is a traditional Chinese festival celebrated on the 15th night of the seventh lunar month. In Chinese tradition, the seventh lunar month is known as "Ghost Month", when the Gates of Hell are opened up and the ghosts are free to walk the earth; and as the ghosts on the 15th night are in high gear, the 15th day of this month is cal ...

05
Jun
2013

The Dragon Boat Festival, or Duanwu Jie, is traditionally celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month on the Chinese lunar calendar - and hence is also known as Double Fifth Day. In 2013, the festival falls on June 12. The main celebrations include dragon boat racing, eating Zongzi and drinking realgar wine, etc. Origin The Dragon Boat Festival dates back to earliest times and a number of legends explain its ori ...

23
Apr
2013

On April 20, 2013, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit Lushan County of Ya'an City, Sichuan Province. The disaster has made a consequence of at least 188 people dead and 25 missing as of 2 pm April 22. It is the second time that Sichuan Province encountered the strong earthquake in recent 5 years. On May 12, 2008, another 8.0-magnitude deadly quake which was much worse struck Wenchuan County, 85 km away from Lushan, mak ...

15
Apr
2013

Lunar March 3 Festival, also Song Fair Festival (Ge Xu Jie in pinyin), held on the third day of March according to the Lunar Calendar, is renowned as a significant traditional culture recreation of Zhuang ethnic minority. This festival commemorates the household folk singer Sanjie Liu, after whom the famous Sanjie Liu Impression Show is named in Yangshuo. On April 12, 2013, the Song Fair Festival kicked off in ...

01
Apr
2013

Qingming Festival is also named Tomb-sweeping Day or Cold Food Day, falling on April 4 this year. Qingming is known as one of the 24 solar terms in China. It’s an ancient festival from the Zhou Dynasty 2500 years ago lasting to today. Folks sweep their ancestors’ tombs, eat cold food, fly kites and “tread on the greenery” on every Qingming Festival since long time ago.Tomb-sweepingOn Qingming Festival ...

20
Mar
2013

As we travelled around Guizhou last month, we fortunately had a visit to the "Xijiang Thousand Households Village", Leishan county, Guizhou province. The primitive village peacefully nestles among the hills, appealing to numerous historians, researchers and tourists.The village is prestigious for its large amount of well-reserved Miao ethnic minority households. The ...

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