Chinese Valentine's Day at Beijing park

By Wang Kaihao | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2019-08-06 11:17
Visitors take pictures of colorful umbrellas in Yuanmingyuan Park, which are set for celebration of Qixi Festival. [Photo by Chen Xi/For China Daily]

The Yuanmingyuan Park in Beijing launched a weeklong celebration of the traditional Chinese festival Qixi on Saturday.

Qixi, which falls on the seventh day of the seventh month in the lunar calendar, will be celebrated on Aug 7 this year. Dubbed as Chinese Valentine's Day in modern times, the festival's origin in Chinese mythology suggests it was observed as a day when Niulang and Zhinyu, a separated couple, reunited once a year.

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