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A 12-month guide to China's best festivals [Copy link] 中文

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August: Qingdao International Beer FestivalQingdao International Beer Festival: a sobering experience. In its own way.
China might not be the first place one associates with beer, but the Qingdao International Beer Festival is working to change that.
The beach-lined provincial capital of Qingdao throws the largest beer party in Asia every summer to celebrate its hometown brew, the German-style Tsingtao Beer.
The two-week booze bonanza is filled with beer tastings, music, drinking contests, games, parades and live performances.
According to 27-year-old Shanghai native Vivi Zhang, it's a summer highlight.
“I always look forward to going to the Qingdao Beer Festival,” she says, “because it’s a giant outdoor party.”
When/where: The second weekend of August for 16 days (August 10-25, 2013); Qingdao, Shandong province

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September: Mid-Autumn FestivalThere's more to the Mid-Autumn Festival than mooncakes.
Originally held in honor of Chang'e, the moon goddess of immortality, the moon-themed Mid-Autumn Festival is widely celebrated in Chinese communities around the world.
Traditionally, people make wishes as they release lanterns into the sky, light incense and dance. The most famous part of the celebration are the mooncakes, small pastries stuffed with various fillings.
Allen Wu, a 23-year-old Anhui-native, says they're his favorite part of the Mid-Autumn Festival.
"It’s fun to give them out to friends and family, but eating them is the best part.”
When: September 19, 2013

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October: Shaoxing Rice Wine Festival Shaoxing wine is one of China's most famous varieties of Huangjiu, or traditional Chinese fermented rice wine. It's been in production since imperial times.
The Shaoxing Rice Wine Festival kicked off in 1990 to showcase the historic water town of Shaoxing’s most famous export.
Visitors sample the spirits, watch live performances and tour the local brewery to see how water from nearby Jianhu Lake (Jianhu-Mirror) is processed into the potent yellow alcohol Chinese love.
The city of 5 million currently produces more than 110,000 tons of rice wine per year.
When/where: Dates in 2013 are yet to be announced. The festival usually starts around mid-October and lasts for a month; Shaoxing, in northeastern Zhejiang province

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November: Miaonian FestivalVillagers of Miao ethnic origin dance with tourists in Leishan, Guizho. With a population of nearly 9 million, Miao is one of the largest ethnic minorities in southwest China.
China's Miao ethnic minority is still relatively untouched by tourism, which provides a rare opportunity for visitors to observe and participate in the community's annual New Year’s celebration.
Leishan, in Guizho province, holds one of the busiest Miaonian festivals.
Miao women wear elaborate traditional garb. Visitors can watch bullfights, horse racing and listen to traditional music played on the lu sheng, a multi-piped bamboo instrument.
When/where: End of year on the Miao Calendar (around mid-November); Leishan, Guizhou

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December: Dong New Year’s Festival Ethnic Chinese Dong girls perform "Song of Cicada." The Dong people are renowned for their choir singing.  
Ringing in the traditional New Year with the Dong people in Qiandongnan means spending time with an ethnic group of some 2 million people in China.
This minority has preserved their traditional culture and customs, from intricate architecture and famous drum towers to traditional food, which includes pickled carp and glutinous rice cakes.
The culmination of the festival is the water buffalo fight, which uses specially trained animals.
When/where: The annual event is held from the first to the 11th day of the 11th month of the lunar calendar. This year it will be held from December 3-13. The biggest Dong New Year's Festival takes place in Qiandongnan County, Guizhou province.

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