Valentine's

Chinese Valentine’s Day

You may be surprised to find out that China celebrates two Valentine’s days. The seventh day of the seventh month of the Chinese calendar (usually sometime in August) is a romantic holiday known as both Qi Xi Jie (seventh evening festival) and Chinese Valentine’s Day. Like many Chinese holidays, there’s a legend behind Chinese Valentine’s Day.  They[…]

Spring Festival

Spring Festival: China’s Christmas

The most important holiday in China is Spring Festival, one of two “Golden Week” holidays in China. It is similar to Christmas in the West in many ways. Families unite and bring gifts. There are certain traditions such as fireworks or making special food. For many people who work in the big city, it is[…]

Tangyuan

China’s Dongzhi Festival

Did you know December 22 (and sometimes December 21) is a holiday in China? Well, it is! Dongzhi Festival is usually called Winter Solstice in English and celebrates the “end” of winter or more correctly, the beginning of longer daylight hours and an increase in happiness as sunlight makes everyone happier. During Winter Solstice, the Northern Hemisphere has[…]

Crowds of Chinese tourists

Seven Golden Days In October – China’s National Day Holiday

The October first holiday in China is a celebration of over 65 years since the founding of the People’s Republic of China. China’s National Day holiday spans 7 days – three official days off and two weekends – and is also known as one of two “Golden Weeks”. China’s other Golden Week occurs during the Chinese New[…]