14th Yangshuo Fishing Lights Festival Dec. 12–15, 2012

Updated: December 15, 2012 | Clicks: 1438

At the 14th Yangshuo Fishing Lantern Festival, held from December 12th to 15th this year, tourists will have a great opportunity to appreciate the stunning Li River scenery at night, together with the traditional fishing lanterns.

Together with the Fishing Lights Festival, there are another two festivals held concurrently in Yangshuo: the 10th Cumquat Trade Fair, and the 2nd Plants & Flowers Trade Fair.

Fishing activities on the Li River originated in the Song Dynasty (960–1279), and it was first celebrated as a festival in 1999. Fishermen light up lanterns to attract and catch fish with the help of cormorants. This traditional activity has become a special attraction on the Li River.

During the festival a series of shows and performances will be held, including a magnificent fishing lantern show on the Li River, music concerts, calligraphy and painting exhibitions, a tug-of-war, and a dragon dance.

The table below shows the schedule of 14th Yangshuo Fishing Lights Festival

Activity Time Place
Opening Ceremony 9:30am—12:00pm, Dec. 12 The right side of the exit of the expressway, Gaotian County
"Fashion in Yangshuo"
Chinese & Foreign Talents Joy Club
2:30pm—5:00pm, Dec. 12 Park Culture Square
"Scenery in Yangshuo"
Fireworks, Fishing Lights & Camp Fires Evening Party
10:00pm-11:00pm, Dec. 12 Turtle Island
"Solidarity in Yangshuo"
Tug of War Competition
8:00am-12:00pm, Dec. 13 Pantao Road
"Joy in Yangshuo"
Interesting Matches and Competitions
1:00pm—5:00pm, Dec. 13 Park Culture Square
"Singing in Yangshuo"
Youth Singers Competition 2012
7:30pm—10:30pm, Dec. 13 East Street
"Passion in Yangshuo"
Dragon Dance Competition
9:00am—12:00pm, Dec. 14 Park Culture Square
"Warm in Yangshuo"
Tourism Exhibition & Tourists Welcome Ritual
1:00pm-3:00pm, Dec. 14 Longtoushan Pier
7:30pm-10:00pm, Dec. 14 Park Culture Square
"Beauty in Yangshuo"
Calligraphy, Painting, Photography Competition
2:00pm-5:00pm, Dec. 14 Park Culture Square
"Harmony in Yangshuo" Tandem Bicycle Cross-Country Competition 2:00pm-4:00pm, Dec. 14 Aishan Driving School-Siliu-Longcheng-Aishan Driving
"Kumquat in Yangshuo" Forum on Kumquat 9:00am-5:00pm, Dec. 14 Council House
"Energy in Yangshuo"
Rock Climbing Festival
10:00am-5:00pm, Dec. 14 Jinmao Cave Rock Climbing Base
"Colors in Yangshuo"
Plants & Flowers Exhibition
Dec. 12 - 15 Parking Lot
Characteristic Agricultural Products Supply & Marketing Forum Dec. 11 - 13 Guifu Hotel
Transnational Retail Companies' Goods Purchase Show Dec. 11- 13 Yangshuo County

Fishing rafts feature in Yangshuo's nightly extravaganza. You can go rafting yourself with a local boatman on the Yulong River in the daytime, or try your own raft skills by punting around at the Big Banyan Tree.

Night performance on the Yulong River: Impression Liu Sanjie

The famous saying "The scenery of Guilin is second to none, while Yangshuo's scenery is the best in Guilin." might be the most suitable description for Yangshuo. Yangshuo is special, not only for its gorgeous natural landscapes, but also for its colorful festivals, like the Fishing Lights Festival and Yangshuo's Climbing Festival.

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