Dragon Boat Festival
Boat Contest is held on May 5th in Chinese lunar
calendar. Guilin Dragon Boat Contest is held every
3 years. Participants train very hard to be in
the best physical condition for this important
and prestigious event. The banks of the Lijiang
River are crowded with spectators on the day as
the dragon boats race on the river with the deafening
sounds of dragon boat songs, bells and drums.
The winners are awarded the traditional prizes
of silver coins and treated to a roasted pig.
Guilin held its first International Dragon Boat
Contest in 1998, which attracted Dragon Boat troupes
from South East Asian Countries, Hong Kong SAR,
Macau, and China 's Taiwan .
This festival is full of color and traditional
and would be well worth including on your itinerary.
Lusheng is a reed-pipe wind instrument.
Lusheng Dance is a traditional recreation in festivals
of Miao Nationalities. Young men play the Lusheng
together. Ggirls are dressed in their traditional,
costumes, wearing dragon and phoenix silver caps,
silver hair clasp, and silver comb dance to the
rhythm of Lusheng. Young people fall in love with
each other through the dance.
Minority nationalities in the northern
counties of Guilin have many festivals and folk
customs, such as bull fighting, horse racing,
and the Lusheng dance.
Ziyuan River Lantern
and Song Festival
Held from July 13 to 14 in the Chinese
Lunar Calender, River Lantern and Song Festival
is the traditional festival from Ziyuan County
which is 107km away from Guilin city.
During the festival, large gatherings will be
held by Han, Yao , Miao and other nationalities.
Lion dance groups, dragon dance groups, river
lantern groups and arts troupes from all villages
will combine together for colorful folk art shows.
When night falls, people take the river lantern
to the river to commemorate their ancestors and
pray for the good fortune for their children.
The river lanterns make a fabulous dispaly at
night on the river. The art performances and singing
contests last all night. The following day the
market will be crowded with people who carry on
Longsheng Red Clothes
County is an autonomous county with many nationalities.
The Red Yao are a sub-group of the Yao Nationality
in Longsheng whose women wear Red as there national
costume. The Red Clothes Festival, also known
as Zhaina, is held on March 15 in the lunar calendar
each year at Sishui Town . During this festival,
Red Yao people gather in Sishui Street to exchange
agricultural implements and products, buy daily
necessities, or visit their friends and relatives.
The young people take the chance to try to find
a potential husband or wife.
Red Yao people enjoy singing and dancing. Folk
sports such as bamboo pole balancing, tug-of-wars
and rooster fighting are practiced by the Yao
. Women of Red Yao have extremely long hair and
they wear it in a coil on top of their head.
The Red Yoa like to have beauty contests. A beauty
contestant in Red Yao criteria must be pretty,
knowledgeable, be able to speak well, sing well
and have good moral standard.
Zhainai festival programs will contain
singing in antiphonal style, long drum dance,
sports contest, hair competition, and a Miss Village
With the development of the tourist
industry, Red Clothes Festival has become a festival
for all nationalities. It it is held on March
15 in lunar month, or April 8, at Zhaina ( Sishui
Village ), or at the foot of Longji Mountain .
Guilin Mountain and River
Festival and Exposition
Guilin Mountain and River Festival is grand ceremony
hosted by Guilin Municipal Government for tourists
and tourism represenatives from home and abroad.
It has been held several times in recent years
and will be celebrated again from the 31 October
to 8 November 2004. The events aim is to integrate
mountain and river sightseeing with local folk
lore and arts performances. These activities are
designed to attract tourists and enhance economic
trade. During the festival there are evenings
to showcase Guilin 's natural elegance and beauty,
folk customs, history and culture and recreational
activities. Expositions and trade fairs will allow
those people involved in the tourism industry
to meet and extend business contacts.