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Zhangjiajie Lantern Festival celebrations on show

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In this moring, the grand opening ceremony of Zhangjiajie Lantern Festival is holding in People's Square. Thousands of citizens and tourists witnessed grand occasion. This is the culture and tourism of integration, and it highlights the brand of cultural tourism in Zhangjiajie.

  • About Start of Winter

    About Start of Winter

    Things You May Not Know about Start of WinterThe traditional Chinese lunar calendar divides the year into 24 solar terms. Start of Winter, (Chinese: 立冬), the 19th solar term of the year, begins this year on Nov 7 and ends on Nov 21. In ancient times, the Chinese people took the Start of Winter to be the beginning of the winter. However, in fact, the Start of Winter is not the beginning of winter in terms of meteorology. The climate every year is different, so the beginning of winter could be quite different. And with the vast territory of China, winter of every area doesn’t begin at the same time.Here are eight things you should know about Start of Winter.Welcoming the winter in ancient timesThe four beginnings of the seasons were important festivals in ancient times. Before the Start of Winter, the ancient emperor would take a shower and have no more meat. On that day, the emperor would lead his officials to the suburbs and perform the ceremony of "Welcoming the winter."1.Eating dumplingsA legend has it that at the end of the Eastern Han Dynasty (AD25-220), "Medical Saint" Zhang Zhongjing saved many people in Henan province from a typhoid epidemic and their ears' from being frostbitten around Start of Winter. He cooked mutton, hot peppers and herbs to dispel the cold and increase body heat. He wrapped these ingredients into a dough skin and made them into an ear shape. Since then, people have learned to make the food which became known as "dumpling". Today there is still a saying that goes "Eat dumplings on Start of Winter Day, or your ears will be frostbitten".2.Yifan Festival of Mulam Ethnic MinorityYifan Festival is one of the most important festivals of the Mulam ethnic minority in Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. It is held around the Start of Winter every three to five years and lasts one to three days. The festival includes inviting the god, offering sacrifices, asking the god to enjoy the sacrifice, singing praise of the god, drinking wine with the blood of chicken, and sending the god off.3.Eating pumpkinsIn Tianjin, on the first day of Start of Winter, people eat dumplings stuffed with Chinese pumpkins (wogua). It is a common vegetable in North China. Generally, the pumpkins are bought in the summer and stored until the Start of Winter when they are taken out.4."Nourishing the winter" On the first day of Start of Winter, there is a custom, "nourishing the winter", in Southeast China in places such as Fujian, Guangdong and Taiwan provinces. To prepare for the oncoming cold winter, people there like to eat high-calorie food such as chicken, duck, beef, mutton, and fish, which are usually stewed with the four Chinese medicines: angelica, ligusticum wallichii, Chinese herbaceous peony and rehmannia glutinosa libosch, to enhance the effectiveness of the nourishment.5.Offering sacrifices to ancestorsThe Start of Winter, when the autumn crops have been placed in storage, was the time of the festival for the people of the Manchu Eight Banners and Han Eight Banners in Benxi of Liaoning province. Incense was burned and sacrifices offered to ancestors. The Eight Banners (baqi) were administrative/military divisions during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).
    2018-11-07 14:40 View:1093
  • International Tourism Festival & Ceramics Industry Exposition Opens

    International Tourism Festival & Ceramics Industry Exposition Opens

    The 2018 China (Hunan) International Tourism Festival and the 2018 China (Liling) International Ceramics Industry Exposition kicked off on September 25. CPC Hunan Provincial Committee Deputy Secretary Wu Lan addressed the opening ceremony and visited the pavilion.The 2018 China (Hunan) International Tourism Festival and the 2018 China (Liling) International Ceramics Industry Exposition kicked off at the China Ceramic Valley International Exhibition Center (CVIEC) in Liling on September 25. CPC Hunan Provincial Committee Deputy Secretary Wu Lan addressed the opening ceremony and inspected the pavilion. Hunan Vice Governor Chen Fei delivered a speech. This year's Expo has attracted 349 ceramic companies from 15 provinces, thanks to the “tourism and ceramic integrated” new mode. There are 221 overseas traveling salesmen from 15 countries and regions, and more than 90 ceramic companies and masters from 31 countries and regions.CVIEC has set up 5 exhibition halls featuring tourism + ceramics, international ceramics, national ceramics, Liling ceramics, and comprehensive ceramics, with 1,300 standard booths. Many international brands such as Spain's LLADRO, Finland's Iittala, and Japan's Kyocera also participated in. This has greatly enhanced the international standard of the exhibition.Translator: Yu JiangjiangChinese source:
    2018-09-25 17:03 View:902
  • International Guests Attend Changsha Tourism Promotion Conference

    International Guests Attend Changsha Tourism Promotion Conference

    On September 29, a banquet to entertain the overseas participants of the 2018 China Hunan International Tourism Festival was held at the Fire God Temple Restaurant, Changsha. The Changsha Tourism Promotion Conference was also held at the same time. Leaders of the Hunan Tourism Development Commission and the Changsha Tourism Bureau, and representatives of travel agencies and overseas delegations were present. Hunan Tourism Development Commission Director Chen Xianchun exchange gifts with John Hirst, director of the Bristol Tourism and Conference Bureau.Changsha Tourism Bureau Director Yi Mao introduces Changsha to an overseas guest.Director Yi introduced Changsha to the guests: Changsha is a historical and cultural city, and Hunan’s political, economic, cultural, educational, commercial, and tourism center. It attracts numerous domestic and overseas travelers, and also a main tourist source in central China.More than 30 Chinese and foreign cities come to Changsha to promote their tourism industry. Changsha is reputed as “Cultural City of East Asia”, “City of Media Arts”, and “International Gourmet City”, and has been awarded “Happiest City in China” for consecutive ten years. It is one of the worthiest tourist destination in central China.Overseas guests are enchanted by the delicate local food.Director Chen said that there are going to take steps for strategic cooperation: first, promoting information sharing through launching English websites of Changsha, Zhuzhou, and Xiangtan, and Chinese websites of Bristol and Bath; second, promoting tourist routes through shooting and broadcasting advertising videos for each other; third, planning activities to integrate the tourism resources in Changsha and southwestern UK, and facilitating the travel agencies’ partnership, especially those in Changsha and Bristol.Chinese and overseas delegates exchange their contact information.John Hirst talked about his deep impression given by his Hunan tour. He was optimistic about the cooperation potential between the two places. He was willing to introduce Hunan, and recommend Hunan’s tourism to his UK partners, so as to accelerate mutual cooperation, and promote tourism development of the two places.(Photo/Ge Lei)Translator: Yu Jiangjiang
    2018-09-30 16:59 View:1387
  • Appreciating Lotus Flowers in Hunan

    Appreciating Lotus Flowers in Hunan

    If one flower represents one season, the lotus flower, would be the one for summer. The lotus has long been seen as Hunan’s provincial flower. When taking a trip to various tourist destinations in Hunan, you will always see lotus in bloom. The flowers last from June to August, and summer is the prime time for appreciating them. Don’t miss the following places:1.Changsha · 长沙Hunan Provincial Botanical Garden 湖南省森林植物园It boasts the most varied species of lotus flowers in Hunan, reaching almost 600. The best viewing place is close to the Science and Research center. There are many kinds of flowers such as roses, lotus, peonies, daisies and tulips. There are many types of blooms, single-petal, and multiple-petal. There are many colors red, yellow, white, reddish-yellow, etc. There are three petal flower and four petal flowers, etc.Sujiatuo Lotus Base, Kaifu District, Changsha 长沙市开福区苏家托荷花基地Sujiatuo is the lotus garden nearest to downtown Changsha. On low-lying land with rich water resources it is suitable for lotus growing. Most growers came from Huashi Town, Xiangtan County. When summer arrives, thousands of mu of lotus flowers bloom under Sujiatuo Viaduct on Changsha’s North Second Ring Road.Kaihui Town, Changsha County 长沙县开慧镇The First Lotus Culture Tourism Festival will be launched between July 14 and September 15 in Kaihui Town, Changsha County.2.Zhuzhou · 株洲Xianyu Ridge, Zhuzhou 株洲仙庾岭Xianyu Ridge, about 10 km east of  downtown Zhuzhou, has hundreds of mu (1 mu= 0.0667 ha.) lotus ponds, including a hundred mu of “space lotus”.“Space lotus” is a type of lotus grown from seeds carried into space by Chinese astronauts in experiments and designed to increase their yield.Xianyu Ridge was chosen as the main venue of the 2018 Zhuzhou Rural Summer Time Tourism Festival. There are four parts for the event: the opening ceremony; traversing the lotus pond - a TV challenge competition; Joyous lotus pond—rural music festival; energetic lotus pond—world cup carnival.3.Xiangtan · 湘潭Lotus Park at Panlong Grand Amusement Park 湘潭盘龙大观园荷花园Covering a total area of 300 mu, the lotus park inside of Xiangtan’s Panlong Grand Amusement Park is the Only Lotus Species Treasure of China. Over 30 species have won gold prizes among lotus exhibitions.4.Yueyang · 岳阳Junshan Wild Lotus World, Yueyang 岳阳君山野生荷花世界Walking through Junshan Wild Lotus World on Tuanhu Lake, you will find open water teeming with lotuses. It boasts the largest area of wild lotus in Asia, stretching to over 5,000 mu (about 333 hectares). Giving it its name --" Home to Chinese Wild Lotus" by the China Wild Plant Conservation Association in 2009. Boating and harvesting lotus seeds on the lake is a must-do for visitors.Junshan Wild Lotus World is located at Guangxingzhou Town, Junshan District, Yueyang City.5.Yiyang · 益阳Luowen Village, Nanxian County, Yiyang City 益阳南县罗文村When strolling in Luowen Village, some gorgeous walls come into sight first. The village is the first international graffiti art village in Hunan. A pavilion in the pond center provides visitors a good place to enjoy blooming lotus flowers.6.Loudi · 娄底Houfu Mansion, Loudi 娄底曾国藩故居Houfu Mansion, the former residence of Zeng Guofan (Chinese statesman, general, and Confucian scholar of the late-Qing Dynasty), is the largest and best preserved official residence in south China. Its library is among the sixth group of the cultural relics coming under state protection. The lotus in a nearly 20 hectares pond in front of the mansion bloom in June, and last for two months.7.Chenzhou · 郴州Sandu Town,Zixing City 郴州资兴三都镇Acres of lotus bloom in Sandu Town, Zixing City, Chenzhou. You may taste glutinous rice cake wrapped with lotus leaves, and also lotus tea; experience farm work like ploughing and stone milling; and, try to walk on stilts.You may be deeply impressed by the well-preserved ancient dwellings, stone arch bridges, ancestral temples, and stilt buildings.This year, for the first time, from July 27 to 29, a Migratory Bird Music Festival will be held. Tourists will have chances to enjoy Chinese and Western music styles and appreciate Picasso oil paintings in this vast land of lotus flowers.8.Xiangxi · 湘西Wanhe Garden, Pushui Town, Xiangxi 湘西浦市古镇万荷园Lotus flowers in Wanhe Garden are in blossom every June and July. You may also visit the local dwellings and enjoy Chenghe Gaoqiang (an upper-octave opera) performance. The millennium town of Pushi has been promoted as a national 4A-level scenic spot. Source from Hunan Official Web Portal
    2018-07-18 11:59 View:1075
  • Fifth Xiangxi Moni Festival to Open in Beijing

    Fifth Xiangxi Moni Festival to Open in Beijing

    The Fifth China (Xiangxi) Moni (smearing mud on body) Festival will kick off at Chinese Ethnic Culture Park, Beijing on June 22, 2018. Authentic folk customs of Tujia ethnic group will be presented.Moni Festival is originated from Tujia’s time-honored traditional customs. Tujia young men and women express their love by smearing mud on their faces and bodies. It has been held for 5 sessions since 2015. It has a far-reaching influence on inheriting national cultural heritage, carrying forward national spirit, enriching people’s cultural life, creating rural tourism brands, boosting targeted poverty alleviation, and achieving rural vitalization.The festival aims to build a large platform for poverty alleviation through cultural tourism, which integrates culture, tourism, and economy and trade.Between June 22 and August 30, various folk activities featuring local characteristics will be held in Changsha, Zhangjiajie, Furong Town, Red Stone Forest Park, and Fenghuang. The charm of traditional culture will be presented through intangible cultural heritage exhibition and performances; multi-ethnic mud-smearing carnival; and mud-smearing parade, and other cultural activities.Intangible cultural heritage performance (file photo)Young people paint each other’s face with colorful mud to pray for happiness. (file photo)Translator: Xiao Juan
    2018-06-24 08:03 View:1019
  • Children Savor Traditional Duanwu Culture

    Children Savor Traditional Duanwu Culture

    On June 14, 2018, children perform shadow play under the guidance of intangible cultural heritage inheritors in the Changsha Garden Ecological Garden. On the same day, the Changsha Kaifu District Citizenship Office and the No. 3 Kindergarten Affiliated to the Kaifu Education Bureau held the “Our Duanwu Festival” Folk Culture and Arts Festival. Children and citizens had a good chance to experience folk customs and traditional culture. (Photo/ Tian Chao, Zhang Yjia, Hunan Daily)Translator: Yu Jiangjiang
    2018-06-15 12:22 View:1232
  • Folk Custom Activity Held to Greet Duanwu Festival

    Folk Custom Activity Held to Greet Duanwu Festival

    The photo taken on June 13 shows a tourist, takes a drink together with Tujia and Miao people of the Xiangxi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture to experience folk custom. On the same day, the Changsha Window on the World launched an event featuring ethnic group characteristics to greet the upcoming Dragon Boat Festival. Visitors can experience Tujia traditional folk customs and Duanwu culture, enjoy Xiangxi folk songs and dances, and make Zongzi, a pyramid-shaped dumpling made of glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo or reed leaves. (Photo/Xu Xing, Hunan Daily)Translator: Xiao Juan 
    2018-06-13 12:21 View:738
  • Students Learn to Make Zongzi Ahead of Duanwu Festival

    Students Learn to Make Zongzi Ahead of Duanwu Festival

    The photo taken on the afternoon of May 23 show students learn to make Zongzi, a pyramid-shaped dumpling made of glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo or reed leaves, at Wangfuyuan Primary School in Kaifu District, Changsha. On the same day, the school held an activity to greet the upcoming Dragon Boat Festival, or Duanwu Festival. Students, parents, and teacher representatives were invited to make and send Zongzi to elderly persons with no families and poorer families. (Photo/ Tian Chao, Zhang Yijia, Hunan Daily)Dragon Boat Festival information (Source: Boat Festival, also known as Duanwu Festival, falls on the 5th day of the 5th month of the traditional Chinese calendar. In China, the festival commemorates the death of the poet and minister Qu Yuan (c. 340–278 BC) of the ancient state of Chu during the Warring States period of the Zhou Dynasty.Translator: Xiao Juan
    2018-06-11 12:20 View:1023
  • "2018 Hucang Culture Festival" opened in ZJJ Shiqinping Village

    "2018 Hucang Culture Festival" opened in ZJJ Shiqinping Village

    On the morning of June 8, 2018, Shijiaping Village, Wangjiaping Town, Yongding District, Zhangjiajie City. When the sun turned over the mountains, the silent mountain village suddenly became lively. Villagers and tourists flocked from the village road, and the annual Thousand-person Tujia "Hucang Culture Festival" opened.Source from shuireTujia Hucang Custom InformationAn old Chinese saying goes like--Food is the paramount necessity of the people.Cultivation culture herein can trace back to long long ago.Different nations apply different ways to pray for harvest.As a newly listed provincial-level intangible cultural heritage, Zhangjiajie Tujia Hucang custom is strikingly attractive.It is a history of approximate 400 years of Tujia Hucang custom in Yongding District ,ZJJ.Legend has it that in late Ming dynasty,Tujia people could not bear the oppression from landlord any more,a leader of the laborers decided to make trick on Landlord Quan in a year.The master laborer lied that he was given direction from an eminent and mysterious man this year would have a bad harvest ,caused by insect outbreaks.Only the laborers who have had sweet wine, fried rice and bowl-sized meat can save this loss.Thereby,nowadays,before rice transplanting ,the host should offer breakfast first.Furthermore,the laborers who suffered a lot continued their trick . The landlord was told for a harvest he must be daubed by muds.Without any doubt,the landlord agreed willingly.All the laborers pretended to murmur the so-called spell and threw muds to him ,in fact they did it with great revenge inside.However,the foolish landlord took it seriously and asked for more muds happily by saying "Just daud,the more muds you daud,the more bumper harvest will come".Time goes by, this custom is known by more and more people.Finally,it becomes a traditional custom for praying sweet dreams and bumper harvest.Today, Tujia people in Wulingyuan still follow this traditional custom each year.Briefly speaking,the custom Hucang has the following explanation--Hu,means to daud mud;Cang,is to regard the host's body as a barn.Words all fail to express such charming and time-honored cultivation culture.Aren't they?(Sourced by Aileen)
    2018-06-16 12:56 View:846