Chinese Festivals and Events

Chinese people celebrate a lot of festivals each year. Most of these festivals take place on important dates in the Chinese lunar calendar. Covered below are some important festivals celebrated by the Chinese people, with links to specific festivals that provide detailed information on festival celebrations, photos and more.

If you are fond of local pageantry, you might want to check to see whether your visiting dates coincide with local festivals at your particular destinations. See also China Public Holidays 2014 , Best Times to Go to China and The Chinese Calendar.

Festivals in This Month

Beijing Chrysanthemum Exhibition

Beijing Chrysanthemum Exhibition

Sep. 26, 2014 to Nov. 16, 2014

The Beijing Chrysanthemum Festival (北京菊花文化节) takes place in Beijing every fall. Visitors can enjoy ...Read more »

Beijing 798 Art Festival

Beijing 798 Art Festival

Sep. 2014

Beijing 798 art zone, as one of China's main centers for cutting edge contemporary art, is located ...Read more »

Shanghai Tourism Festival

Shanghai Tourism Festival

Sep. 13, 2014 to Oct. 06, 2014

Shanghai Tourism Festival is an important tourist festival that is promoted as the people's ...Read more »

Featured Festivals and Events

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

Jan. 30 to Feb. 5, 2014

Chinese New Year is the most important traditional festival and a public holiday in China. Lantern Festival which is on the 15th day.

Dragon Boat Festival

Dragon Boat Festival

Jun. 2. 2014

The main celebrations of Dragon Boat Festival include eating Zongzi and holding dragon boat racing.

Mid-autumn Festival

Mid-Autumn Festival

Sep. 8, 2014

China's Mid-Autumn Festival is traditionally celebrated on the fifteenth day of the eighth lunisolar month.

Tibet Shoton Festival

Shoton Festival

Aug. 25, 2014

The Shoton Festival is one of the most popular traditional festivals in Tibet. It celebrates eating yogurt, and the watching of Tibetan dramatic operas.

Chinese Festivals Videos

Sisters Meal Festival
Sisters Meal Festival
Lusheng Festival
Lusheng Festival

Shoton Festival
Mid-autumn Festival
Mid-autumn Festival

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Popular Festival Tours

See China’s highlights and experience the atmosphere of one of China’s top festivals with our Festival Tours, or for a minority culture experience at any time of the year see our Minority Tours.

Sister's Meal Festival In Guizhou Tour
Sister's Meal Festival
  • Tour Code: GY-8-GP
  • Attractions: The Sister's Meal Festival celebrated by Miao people is known in China as Oriental Valentine's Day. Its traditions include eating rice which has been dyed different colors and known as lover's rice.
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5-Day Tibet Shoton Festival Tour
Tibet Shoton Festival
  • Tour Code: XZ-12-GP
  • Attractions: Shoton Festival is the most important festival in Tibet. This festival begins at Drepung Monastery to seeing Tangka, then shifts to Norbulinka for Tibetan opera.
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