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China Festivals in January

Chinese people celebrate a seemingly endless number of festivals during the course of a year. Have a look at all festivals celebrated in this month.

Chinese New Year 2017 — Traditions, Activities, Day-By-Day Guide
Chinese New Year 2017 — Traditions, Activities, Day-By-Day Guide

Chinese New Year (within 15 days of February 5) is also called Spring Festival. It is the most important festival to Chinese people. Many activities are held to celebrate the festival, such as dragon dances, setting off firecrackers, making dumplings, etc.

Jan. 27, 2017 to Feb. 11, 2017
Palden Lhamo Festival
Palden Lhamo Festival

Palden Lhamo Festival honors a wrathful deity named Palden Lhamo. People consider her as a deity that protects the main leaders of the Tibetan religion: the Panchen Lama and the Dalai Lama. You can go to Barkhor Street to see the worship of the goddess.

The Thangka Unveiling at Tashilunpo
The Thangka Unveiling at Tashilunpo

As the political, economic, and cultural center of the Tibetan religion, there are many religious festivals held in Lhasa. The Thangka Unveiling at Tashilhunpo Monastery is one of them. It is a Thangka worship festival where huge Thangkas (Buddhist tapestries) are displayed.

Lhabab Duechen Festival
Lhabab Duechen Festival

The Lhabab Duchen festival, also called Duchen Festival, is a Tibetan Buddhist festival that celebrates Shakyamuni Buddha returning to earth after going to the 33 heavens to save his mother. The date falls on the 22nd day of the ninth month of the Tibetan calendar.

Zamling Chisang (Samye Dolde)
Zamling Chisang (Samye Dolde)

Zamling Chisang is a festival that celebrates the founding of Samye Monastery and the achievements of Guru Rinpoche. It falls on the fifteenth day of the fifth month of the Tibetan calendar. It is a traditional festival with strong Tibet characteristics.

Gyantse Horse Race Festival
Gyantse Horse Race Festival

Gyantse is an ancient town in Tibet, which was important in Tibetan history. Gyantse Horse Race Festival is the grandest festival in the region of Shigatse. People wear their characteristic ethnic costumes to attend the festival.

The Bird's Nest Ice and Snow Festival
The Bird's Nest Ice and Snow Festival

The Bird’s Nest Ice and Snow Festival, using the Beijing Olympics’ National Stadium as its main festival area, attracts millions of tourists every January and February. It is a Disney princess themed festival, designed by the National Stadium and Disney.

Jan. 01, 2016 to Feb. 28, 2016
Longqing Gorge Ice and Snow Festival
Longqing Gorge Ice and Snow Festival

Longqing Gorge Ice and Snow Festival is a smaller version of the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival, held from mid-January to the end of February. The theme changes every year, but tourists always have the chance to see massive, interesting, beautiful, and spectacular ice sculptures.

Jan. 09, 2016 to Feb. 27, 2016
Xiamen International Marathon
Xiamen International Marathon

The Xiamen International Marathon is an annual marathon race held in the coastal city of Xiamen, Fujian Province, the People’s Republic of China. ...

Jan. 03, 2016 to Jan. 03, 2016
Yuyuantan Park Ice and Snow Festival
Yuyuantan Park Ice and Snow Festival

In January, Yuyuantan Park hold its annual ice and snow festival, which is becoming larger each year. The festival provides many traditional and interesting winter activities like snow sledding, a maze, snow transporters, and a children’s world for visitors.

Jan. 2016
Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival 2017
Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival 2017

Massive ice sculptures in Harbin The annual Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival is Harbin's main tourist highlight. It started about 18 years ago, and has ...

Jan. 01, 2017 to Feb. 15, 2017
The Releasing Water Festival on Tomb Sweeping Day in Dujiangyan
The Releasing Water Festival on Tomb Sweeping Day in Dujiangyan

Features  World's oldest irrigation system Grand ancient ceremony Rich and colorful activities Splendid Chinese ancient culture The ...

Christmas in Shanghai — Christmas Markets, Meals, Bars
Christmas in Shanghai — Christmas Markets, Meals, Bars

Christmas is more and more popular in China. Young people in Shanghai celebrate Christmas mostly as a festival to get together with their partners or friends. This article has listed the most favored events at markets, restaurants and bars in Shanghai at Christmas, as well as churches.

Shangri-la Horse Race Festival
Shangri-la Horse Race Festival

As a legal holiday and the most ceremonious traditional folk festival for the ethnic people living in Diqing, Shangri-la Horse Race Festival is held ...

Jun. 2016