Duanwu, or the Dragon Boat Festival, is traditionally celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month on the Chinese lunar calendar in memory of the death of poet Qu Yuan during the Warring States period between 475 and 221 BC. The festival falls on June 18 this year.

Customs of Dragon Boat Festival

The Dragon Boat Festival, or Duanwu Festival is one of the four traditional Chinese festivals, along with Spring Festival, Qingming Festival, and Mid-Autumn Festival. In Beijing, the Dragon Boat Festival is also called the Daughter’s Festival when married women will visit their parental home.


Foods on Dragon Boat Festival for Beijingers

The rice dumpling in Beijing is usually big and in square and triangle shape. Currently, the rice dumplings in Beijing market are usually made of sticky rice. Most of the rice dumplings are stuffed with red dates or sweetened bean paste; there are also a few people put preserved fruited into the rice dumpling.


Find Western Chinese Scenery on Duanwu Festival

There's a unique place around Beijing distinguishing itself by being boundless and "deserted", without many souls to be seen. It is the Tianmo Desert, a desert near Beijing, merely 70 kilometers from downtown Beijing and 25 kilometers from Badaling.



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