Festivals in Hangzhou, China

  • Hangzhou Lantern Festival

    • 14 Feb 2014

    Lantern Festival is an important traditional festival in China which is closely related to the Spring Festival. It marks the end of the Chinese New Year celebrations. Its time-honored history can be traced back to the Warring States Period (战国时期), and because of its deep cultural atmosphere and abundant activities, it’s widely welcomed both by Chinese and foreign tourists alike

    The Lantern Festival in Hangzhou offers many interesting activities such as appreciating colorful lanterns, guessing lantern riddles and so on. On this auspicious night, and in the moonlight, the finest and most ornamental lanterns are exhibited along the streets of Hangzhou. These lanterns are exquisite, and usually shaped like animals such as Chinese dragons, lions, horses . Under these lanterns hang plenty of slips with riddles on. People who work out these riddles can get gifts, and of course, other people’s admiration

    Venue : Wulin Square (武林广场), He Fang Street (河坊街), West Lake (西湖)

  • International Cartoon and Animation Festival

    • 28 Apr 2014–3 May 2014

    Drawing (pun not intended) the most famous names in the cartoon industry, the International Cartoon and Animation Festival, held in Hangzhou since 2005, runs for several days. Included in the past festivals were the world's largest cartoon publisher, SHUEISHA from Japan, Dreamworks Animation, and the team from Hollywood that was responsible for the exciting and popular Avatar.

    Hangzhou's Cartoon & Animation Square at White Horse Lake is the site where art lovers, cartoon fans, animation and industry professionals and film buffs will gather to share a love and knowledge of the animation medium. More than 1,000 booths are expected to be part of this event. The festival will culminate with the presentation of China's most prestigious animation awards, the Golden Monkey King Awards.

    Venue : White Horse Lake, 336 Changjiang Road, Binjiang District

  • Tidal Bore Watching Festival

    • 11 Oct 2014

    It has been the tradition for people living by the mouth of the Qiantang River to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival by eating moon cake and watching the tide. The natural wonder has become a popular attraction for visitors as well. Yanguan Town in Haining, Hangzhou has been regarded as the best place to watch. The annual International Qiantang River Tidal Bore Watching Festival is held here on 18th day of the eighth lunar month.

    The scene of the Qiantang River is ever changing and its tide height is different. When the tide appears, it looks like a white rainbow rising from a plain. While the tide surges, it seems that there are ten thousand horses galloping ahead with momentum. There also seems to be ten thousand icebergs emerging. If you are interested in it , you can race with the tide by car to see who will win in the final leg. As the tide ebbs away, the tidewater forms a circle. Certainly, if you watch the tide at night, you will come to see another majestic sight.

    However, the game remains only for those who know its rules. It is better to watch the tide in the designated areas for the tide may change quickly and sweep the visitors away without notice. Each year, few people die from tide watching, since most of them go beyond the designated tide watching areas.

    Venue : Qiantang River

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