For over 2,200 years, people in China have said goodbye to the exciting Spring Festival with a celebration full of bright lights, colours and festivities known as Yuan Xiao Jie - translating to English as The Lantern Festival.
Taking place on February 11th in 2017, it is one of the most important dates in the Chinese calendar, and if you missed the main Chinese New Year celebrations or want to experience another part of traditional oriental culture, there are plenty of great reasons to attend.
A respected history
The Lantern Festival dates back to the Han Dynasty, which ruled China between 206 BC and 220 AD. Buddhism was growing popular in China during this time and the ruling class ...
A centre of wealth, opportunity and diversity, Shenzhen perfectly encapsulates the remarkable, relentless development experienced throughout China over the past few decades. The city's towering skyscrapers, busy markets, exciting theme parks and constantly developing cultural and entertainment scene make it a great place to visit for those that want to come face to face with a bolder, more modern China that doesn't conform to the traditional image.
Home to over 10 million people from throughout China, located close to Hong Kong and a base for all kinds of industrial and commercial activities, Shenzhen has a character unlike the interior of China.
Firstly, due to the ...
With Chinese New Year on the horizon, most people are aware of the celebrations surrounding the celebration – fireworks, decorations and red letter gifts. Given China's size, history and culture however, there are all sorts of local traditions that go beyond the national festivities.
Taking place over the 27th and 28th of January (although the celebrations stretch between late January and early February), here are some of the country's most fascinating Spring Festival celebrations.
Beijing temple fairs
Traditional Beijing New Year's parties take place in the capital's many parks, palaces and temple complexes. At these cherished places, thousands gather to enjoy folk music, magic acts ...
One of China's cultural gems, Harbin is a brilliant choice of destination for those who revel in culture, architecture and festivities. With a mixture of truly chilly winters and warm, pleasant summers, the city is well-suited to multiple visits throughout the year, although the most notable experiences can be enjoyed when the frost arrives.
Harbin comes into its own during the winter months, when deeply dropping temperatures allow the city to host all sorts of wintry attractions, the most famous of which being the city-wide Harbin Ice and Snow Festival, held in 2017 between January 7th and late February.
During this annual event, a number of outdoor venues play host to a wide ...
Located on the edge of the Red Basin in China's Sichuan Province is Chengdu, one of China's most captivating cities. Home to 14 million people, it is as large as any other Chinese city, but features all sorts of enjoyable sights and experiences that you won't find anywhere else in the nation.
From giant pandas, to picturesque tea shops, to the surprisingly electric nightlife, Chengdu has many attractions that set it apart from the other cities on China's eastern seaboard. It is a more laid back city than Shanghai, Beijing or Guangzhou, and any visitors who have spent time in China's big cities will likely find this a pleasant change – people smile more, work less and there ...
Millions of people from every corner of the world choose to visit China each year, enjoying a unique trip to this East Asian nation and the numerous sights and experiences it offers. However, for those wanting to enjoy a feeling of complete relaxation and serenity, the crowds, traffic and smog can make this difficult.
A trip to the county of Yángshuò in the Guangxi region avoids almost all of this. Popular with tourists but not overcrowded with sightseers, the area is a beautiful place, and one that shows the natural side of China that many people dream of seeing.
The focus of the county and an excellent place from which to go out and explore the surrounding scenery, the town ...
As China's economy has flourished, cities developed and population seen their horizons broaden, the country's tourist industry has advanced extensively. Across this thriving East Asian nation there are all sorts of exciting and enjoyable places to see and activities to get involved in – here are a selection of some of our favourites.
China's capital is a popular destination for tourists. The city is an enormous and vibrant place, with hundreds of attractions that ensure busy travellers always have something to do or see.
World-famous sights and experiences including the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven are all located in or close to the capital, and ...
China's Pearl River Delta, located in Guangdong Province, is one of the most bustling and dynamic regions in the country, named the world's largest urban area by the World Bank, and home to 42 million people in 2010. This destination is perfect for those travellers who are seeking an exciting and action-packed trip away.
The area is also home to Huizhou. A small city (by Chinese standards, at least) and only 40 miles north of sprawling Shenzhen and its border with Hong Kong, it offers respite from the fast-paced lifestyle of the rest of the region.
Ask any Chinese citizen what comes to their mind when they think of Huizhou, and they will likely mention the city's many ...
There are few locations in China that encapsulate the dream-like, legendary mythos of the Chinese people than the Yellow Mountains. Also known as Mount Huangshan, this region, located in Anhui province in China's eastern reaches, is a home to all sorts of beautiful natural and cultural landmarks – a place that shouldn't be missed by any visitor to China's eastern seaboard.
Ancient and mythological
The Yellow Mountains have long been an aspect of the Chinese cultural identity. This focus stretches back to the mythological era of Chinese history – that of the Three Sovereigns and Five Emperors. This era, brimming with demigods and epic tales, preceded the first Chinese dynasty – the Xia ...
As a city, Dalian offers plenty to both domestic and international travellers looking to explore northeast China. With plenty of parks and rolling green hills, Dalian presents something of a unique and cosmopolitan environment – and there is plenty to explore.
Just like Hong Kong, Shanghai and Qingdao, Dalian too has had to break free from colonial occupation. But where it was Britain in the case of Hong Kong and Germany in that of Qingdao, for Dalian, its colonials arrived in the form of Russia and later, Japan.
In 1950, Dalian was renamed Luda City by the Communist regime, but in 1984, when the city opened up to foreign investment, it once again became Dalian – the title ...