Qingming Festival 2014 Is Coming Soon
Qingming Festival falls on April 5 this year; most of Chinese people can enjoy a 3-day holiday from April 5 to April 7.
Customs and Traffic during the Festival
Qingming Festival, also called Tomb-Sweeping Day, is one of the four major traditional Chinese festivals (another three are: Dragon Boat Festival, Mid-Autumn Festival, and Chinese New Year). Besides the most important custom during Qingming Festival: tomb-sweeping, there are some other customs, including kite flying and putting willow branches on gates. Check out the original and legend of Qingming Festival.
During these three days, especially on April 5, many Chinese people (except those really too far to get back to their ancestral home) would worship their ancestors in traditional Chinese ways: sweeping tombs, burning joss paper, candles, and sticks, and sacrificing foods. Because of this, local transportation (especially in large cities like Beijing and Shanghai) will be busier than ordinary days (but not as busy as during Chinese New Year days).
People will go back to their ancestral home on April 5, and April 7, and April 5 is the peak time for tomb-sweeping. To be more precise, the peak time for tomb-sweeping is from 6:30 am to 11:30 pm on the day of Qingming Festival (April 5), which might bring a crowded phase to city traffic.
In addition to Qingming Festival, China has many festivals, including ethnic festivals. China Highlights has listed them according to the 12 months of the year for you. You can experience the atmosphere of one of China’s top festival with our Festival Tours or tailor make a tour include festivals of your choices.