Cultural in Lijiang

Torch Festival

The torch festival is also celebrated by the Bai in the Dali region and the Yi all over the southwest. The origin of this festival can be traced back to the Nanzhao kingdom, when the wife of a man burned to death...

Cultural in Xishuangbanna Region

Water-Splashing Festival

Water-Splashing Festival

Celebrated at the same time as in Thailand and Laos, the three-day water-splashing festival washes away the dirt, sorrow and demons of the old year and brings in the happiness of the new. Jinghong celebrates it...

Cultural in Dali

Torch Festival

The Torch Festival is held on the 24th and 25th days of the sixth lunar month (normally July) and is likely to be the best photo op in the province. Flaming torches are paraded at night through homes and fields....

Cultural in Dali

Third Moon Fair

Third Moon Fair

Merrymaking – along with endless buying, selling and general horse-trading (but mostly partying) – takes place during the Third Moon Fair, which begins on the 15th day of the third lunar month (usually April) and...

Cultural in Lijiang

Sanduo Festival

Held on the 13th day of the third lunar month, this festival sees Naxi people offering a sacrifice – normally a goat – to their patron saint Sanduo. The biggest celebration takes place at the Sanduo Temple (三朵寺,...

Cultural in Xishuangbanna Region

Closed-Door Festival

This Dai festival marks the start of the farming season, running from July to October, a time when marriages or festivals are banned. Traditionally, this is also the time of year that men aged 20 or older are...

Cultural in Xishuangbanna Region

Open-Door Festival

The farming season ends with the Dai minority's Open-Door Festival, when everyone lets their hair down again to celebrate the harvest.