Festivals and events in GansuUpdated: 2013-10-24
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Xiahe Labrang Monastery Grand Buddhism Gathering
Features: Sunning of the Buddha(the embroidered Buddha in the temples are carried by lamas to the Sunning of Buddha platforms or hillsides for showing to the common people.), Buddhism fete dances, chanting, prayer, other Buddhist activities, monk tests, Buddhist scripture debates, and the month-long Langshan Tibetans Festival
Place: Labrang Monastery, Xiahe county, Gansu province
Time: two important events a year,The 4th day to the 17th day of the first month in the Chinese lunar calendar; and the 28th day of the sixth month to the 15th day of the seventh month in the Chinese lunar calendar
Features: Tibetans put up tents welcoming an array of flocks and herds under the blue sky and white clouds The Tibetan people will do the horse or yak-racing, tug-of-war, wrestling, foot-racing, singing and dancing during the festival.
Place: Langmu Temple and the Gannan Tibetan autonomous prefecture
Time: Three days from the 9th of the sixth month in the Tibetan calendar
Lanzhou 'Silk Road' Tourism Festival
Features: During the annual festival, trips are organized, starting from the city of Lanzhou, Gansu province, along the Qilian Mountains and passing the cities of Wuwei, Zhangye and Jiuquan. The trip crosses the Jiayu Pass and ends in the city of Dunhuang.
Time: Sept 10-17
Fuxi Cultural Festival
Features: Annual Fuxi worshipping ceremony. Fuxi was the first of the Three Sovereigns of ancient China and the inventor of writing, fishing, and trapping. The event includes large masses performing arts, modern drama, music and dance performances, and tourism trade fairs.
Place: The city of Tianshui, Gansu province
Time: The 13th day of the fifth month in the Chinese lunar calendar
Zhangye Mati Temple Tourism Festival
Features: Mati Temple (Horse's Hoof Temple), a famous scenic spot integrating grotto art, mountain views. The temple got its name because legend has it that a Chinese Pegasus landed here, leaving a huge horseshoe imprint that can still be seen within the Mati Hall. During the festival, the Yugur, Mongolian and Tibetan singing and dancing performances; sports events; equestrian performances; grassland activities; trade fairs and sightseeing will be put on.
Place: Mati Temple Tourist Area, Sunan county, the city of Zhangye
Summer of Dunhuang artistic performance
Features: Singing and dancing programs with Silk Road culture and ethnic characteristics will be staged. The Summer of Dunhuang Art Festival is a stage for world to get touch with Dunhuang arts. Place: Zhiyuetian, Dunhuang Hotel, the city of Dunhuang
Time: At nights from June to October
Linxia Songmingyan Huaer Festival
Features: “Huaer” is a kind of folk song in Gansu, Qinghai, Ningxia provinces, and Hua Er Festival is a young people get-together to sing folk songs. Duing the festival, singers, merchants and visitors gather to make a pilgrimage to a temple and celebrate. The important folk song contest and indigenous folk song show will be held. People will be in splendid dress and clime the mountain for a tour. When they stop for a rest, they will begin to sing the folk love song.
Place: Linxia Hui autonomous prefecture
Time: 26th-28th of the fourth month in the Chinese lunar calendar
Peach Blossom Festival
Features: In addition to appreciating flowers, tourists can enjoy various art activities, calligraphy and painting exhibitions, and trade fairs
Place: Peach Garden, Anning district, Lanzhou
Time: Around April when peach trees are in blossom
Huanxian Taoism Shadow Play Art Festival
Features: There are performance competitions, handcraft trade fairs, seminars on the reform and development of the art, calligraphy and painting exhibitions, youth singer competitions, and Long Opera performances (a traditional Chinese opera in Gansu province)
Place: Huanxian county
Time: The seventh lunar month
Gannan Shambala Tourism Festival
Features: Tibetan opera, ethnic sports competitions and folk songs with stringed instruments As part of the celebration, Tibetans assembled to dance the Guozhuang (a Tibetan folk dance performed in which the dancers circle a bonfire) on the prairie.
Place: Dangzhou Prairie of Hezuo city
Maqu Gesar Culture Festival and Horse Racing
Features: Competitors will ride their horses enter the race course during the opening ceremony of the Gesar horse racing in Maqu county. More than1,000 people will compete in the five-day horse racing.
Place: Maqu county,Gannan Tibetan autonomous prefecture
Time: July and August
Wuwei Tianma Culture Tourism Festival
Features: Investment attraction, trade fair, artistic performances and special tourism events
Place: Liangzhou district, the city of Wuwei
Time: During July and September
Qingyang Sachet Folk Festival
Features: Folk performances, trade fairs, seminars and tourist activities
Place: The city of Qingyang
Time: Dragon Boat Festival