We all know how rich, amazing and unique the entire Asian culture is. We also know very well that Asian countries attract thousands and thousands of tourists every single year – and not without reason, especially when we get to think of just how beautifully different everything is in these countries.
Obviously, the absolute beast that is China makes absolutely no exception from the rule – and if you plan on visiting soon, you better read on to find out more and get some inspiration for your next trip to ‘the sleeping giant.’
The Longqing Ice and Snow Festival
Located approximately 80 kilometers from Beijing, Longqing Gorge is mostly known for its Ice and Snow Festival, which takes place every year from the 15th of January until the 29th of February. Shielded by two tall mountains, the festival brings together works of art sculpted in ice and featuring mythological creatures, humans and spectacular shapes that will awe-strike you in an instant. Gorgeously illuminated by colorful lights and lanterns, this is a true show you will not want to miss.
The Daxing Watermelon Festival
The Daxing Watermelon Festival is one of the wonderful oddities of China. As the name of the festival suggests, the entire celebration is dedicated to the juicy summertime fruit – and not just in any way, but through something that resembles a beauty pageant more than an agrarian festival. Sweet, delightfully weird and unforgettable, this is the kind of festival that will surely bring a smile on your face. If you want to take part in this magnificent festival, keep in mind that the it takes place between the 28th of May and the 1st of June every year.
The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
This is one of the world’s largest Dragon Boat races and even if you are not particularly interested in this sport, you will surely find it more than entertaining. This year, the festival takes place between the 19th of June and the 5th of July and it’s great opportunity to experience the Chinese culture at its best. The long “Dragon” boats mimic the boats used by the Chinese in the past and they race against each other in a display of athletic capability and respect for the history.
The Wangcongci Singing Contest
If you are in love with Chinese folk and traditional music, this is a festival you simply have to attend. Focused on the magnificent Han culture, the Wangcongci Singing Contest is the only event of its type – and it will definitely make you feel truly amazing while there. From farmers competing against each other to delicious snacks and folk dances, this is a true celebration for anyone looking to absorb some of the richness that comes with the Chinese culture.
The Sichuan Emei International Wushu Festival
Are you a fan of the incredible martial arts practiced by the people in the Asian countries? Then, there’s no way not to love the Sichuan Emei International Wushu Festival! Located in the scenic Mt. Emei, this festival brings together hundreds of Wushu masters from all over the world and it’s a truly magnificent spectacle you will definitely cherish as a memory!
Obtaining a Chinese visa is a little trickier than most countries but it’s far from impossible. Make sure to apply for a tourist visa in advance at a Chinese Embassy and check out some of the tours that China has to offer if you really want to get under the skin of the place.