Events

Cultural in Xīshuāngbǎnnà Region

Water-Splashing Festival

Held at the same time as it is celebrated 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. Jǐnghóng celebra…
Cultural in Lìjiāng

Torch Festival

The torch festival (Huǒbǎ Jié) is also celebrated by the Bai in the Dàlǐ 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…
Cultural in Dàlǐ

Torch Festival

The Torch Festival is held on the 24th day 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. Locals throw …
Cultural in Xīshuāngbǎnnà Region

Dǎntǎ Festival

This festival is held during a 10-day period in October or November, with temple ceremonies, rocket launches from special towers and hot-air balloons. The rockets, which often contain lucky amulets, blast into the s…
Cultural in Dàlǐ

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 en…
Cultural in Dàlǐ

Three Temples Festival

The Three Temples Festival is held between the 23rd and 25th days of the fourth lunar month (usually May).
Cultural in Xīshuāngbǎnnà Region

Closed-Door Festival

The farming season, July to October, is the time when marriages or festivals are banned. Traditionally, this is also the time of year that men aged 20 or older are ordained as monks for a period of time. The season …
Cultural in Lìjiāng

Fertility Festival

Held on the 13th day of the third moon, this festival sees Naxi people offering a sacrifice – normally a goat – to their patron saint Sānduǒ (三朵). The biggest celebration takes place at the Sānduǒ Temple (三朵寺; Sāndu…
Cultural in Xīshuāngbǎnnà Region

Dǎnpà Festival

Young boys are sent to the local temple for initiation as novice monks.
Cultural in Xīshuāngbǎnnà Region

Dǎnjīng Festival

Participants honour Buddhist texts housed in local temples.