The Spring Festival is around the corner. The Chinese families are gathering together from afar, and preparing for the new year. The auspicious Zodiac animal of this year will be the Monkey. During the Spring Festival, one of the most popular activities for Chinese people is to go to the Temple Fairs which are usually held in cultural attractions in Sichuan themed ranging from the Three Kongdoms, the Ancient Shu Kingdom, folk customs, poetry and food.
As the cultural center of Sichuan, Chengdu generally hold many temple fairs each year, such as the Chengdu Temple Fair, Chengdu Jinsha Sun Festival, Chengdu Dufu Festival, etc. It is said the Temple Fair of this year will be held double during Feb 7 to Feb 10 and Feb 22 and focus on the Three Kingdom History, Silk Road Culture and monkey. The Jinsha Sun Festival will show the brilliant cultural achievements created by the ancient Chengdu. The Dufu Festival comes to the 7th this year, and is a great chance for people to reminisce this great poet of Tang Dynasty.
Recently, affected by the constant snow in neighboring places, Chengdu welcomed the coldest days in past a few years. But people here cared little about the low temperatures. They eagerly wished to have a heavy snowfall, which is as impossible as a flood in the desert.Fortunately it was sunny. People wouldn’t miss any chance to enjoy the sunshine because the sun doesn’t come to Chengdu often actually.
On 26th, August, the opening ceremony of Sichuan International Culture & Tourism Festival was held in Yibin, the city of Chinese liquor. Representatives from National Tourism Bureau, Sichuan Provincial Government, with the CEO of Pacific Asia Travel Association and representatives from USA, France and other 21 countries attended this big event.
“Sichuan is trying its best to become a top international travel destination for tourists from all over the world. We sincerely welcome all foreign travel agents and investors to excavate the rich travel resource in Sichuan, also welcomes travelers to explore the fabulous landscape and unique Sichuan culture”, said by Wei Hong, the nomarch of Sichuan Province.
The Sichuan International Culture & Tourism Festival is a great stage for both Sichuan and other travel destinations in China to promote their tour products. 8 representatives from Yibin, Luzhou, Zigong, Neijiang, Zunyi, Bijie, Zhaotong, Chongqing introduced their travel resources and travel packages. Besides, more than 24 deals of tourism projects were agreed during the festival, included rural tourism, resort tourism, establishment of more new scenic zones, hotels, etc.
During the festival, 12 fans of Giant Panda from UK, France, Germany, Belgium, Austria and Spain were award as Sichuan Tourism Promotion Ambassadors.
On 14th, August, Sichuan Airline announced the first flight schedule from Chongqing to Hongyuan had been launched. Chongqing is now the second city connected to Hongyuan by flight after Chengdu. According to the latest news from Sichuan Airline, there is only one flight on Monday and Friday transferring between Chongqing Jiangbei Airport and Hongyuan Airport. Hongyuan Airport, with Jiuzhaigou Huanglong Airport, will serve more tourists who are planning to visit Jiuzhaigou, Hongyuan Prairie, Ruoergai Wetland, Dagu Glacier, etc.
Dagu Glacier Scenic Park will get a huge profit from this new airline. It used to be a desolate destination mostly due to the inconvenient transfer both from Chengdu and Chongqing. Now, tourist only have to take a short driving of 80 minutes from Hongyuan Airport to Dagu Galacier.
End of July to early August have become the busiest time in Dacheng Yading this year. And the busy time is expected to last until mid August. Basic hotel price soars up to over 200 US Dollar for one night here. Visitors driving looking for accommodation hesitated for the high price and came back in 30 minutes and bought the room with 100 US dollar more.
The maximum number of visitors Yading Nature Reserve can accommodate each day is around 5000. On 4th August the number of visitors reached 8000. The busiest time in the park is from 8:00am to 11:00 am when everyone tries to go in. Visitors are suggested to avoid this period of time during these weeks. Tickets will be limited in the future at about 5000 each day. Pre-booking entrance ticket over internet is available now.
For international travelers who don’t speak the language, you are suggested to use a travel agency or at least a guide to save the trouble if you wish to travel to Yading in July and August.
International Food & Tour Festival of China
It has been held by Chengdu government for a consecutive 11 years since 2004. This is one of the major food events in China. As Chengdu is also named a gourmet city, this festival has brought a larger popularity in both China and the world. Time of the festival is not set; it can be in July or October every year.
Chengdu Jinsha Sun Festival
It is celebrated at Jinsha Museum each year during Chinese New Year. This celebration includes the display of the glorious history and civilization of Ancient Shu Kingdom to show the courageous, unified and integrated part of Chinese people. It is an amazing journey to participate in this activity.
Chengdu Flower Festival
Chengdu is one of the places in history that was called a city of flowers especially city of hibiscus flowers. According to the tradition that there is a birthday of all the flowers, which falls on the 15th day of the second month in Chinese Lunar Calendar, hence this specific day and the days around are made a Flower Fare around Chengdu. At present the place to hold this festival is mainly at Qingyang Taoist Temple. It used to be a time for people to have a spring break from work. Families would take the day off and go out to see the flowers with friends and drink tea or wine together. This is a time when people buy and sell flowers, exchange ideas of flower raising experiences, etc. Also for the many people been attracted to this event, there are usually lots of food and other items to be sold at the Fair. There is a famous poem written by Luyou that is familiar to every Chinese: 当年走马锦城西，曾为梅花醉似泥；二十里路香不断，青羊宫到浣花溪. (Long ago I traveled through west Chengdu and was drunk from the smell of plum flowers. Today ride for 20 li to see the flowers from Qingyang Temple to Huanhuaxi Park)
Chengdu Plum Blossom Festival
This festival is featured with Plum Flower solely. It is held at Xinfu Plum Forest at Sanshengxiang by the second month of Chinese Lunar Calendar each year. The plum forest is one of the four major forests of its kind. It covers a total area of over 3000 mu and has over 200 different kinds of plum trees and over 200,000 trees. It is a marvelous sea of flowers when they bloom.
Tazishan Lantern Festival
It is also a traditional festival celebrated at Tazishan Park at each Lantern Festival 2 weeks after the Chinese New Year. It was originated from the lantern fair from ancient times. During the festival, acrobatics, traditional music instrument playing and many snacks are full of the park. Each year a million visitors are recorded to this park to attend this festival.
Chengdu Grand Fair
It is also held during the Chinese New Year. The location is by Wuhou Shrine as a tradition. Dragon Dancing and food are the highlights.
Where is this panda park that I can cuddle a panda?
Dujiangyan Panda Park is located in Dujiangyan, near Qingchenshan by the small town of Daguan. It is about 50 km west to the city of Chengdu. You can use the fast train from Chengdu north railway station and arrive at Qingchengshan Railway Station. And use a local taxi to drive there.
How much does it cost if I want to hold a panda?
It costs 1800 Chinese Yuan (about USD300) to cuddle the panda. Usually you pay the money before you are led to the panda house to cuddle a 2-year old panda.
When do they do this? And what time can you do it? How long can I hold a panda?
Everyday. And normally in the morning it begins by 10:00 to 11:00 and in the afternoon by around 3:00 to 4:00. Your 1800 yuan gives you 20 seconds time with the panda. You can cuddle the panda and you are allowed to touch most parts of the panda except the head.
How does it work? Do I need to reserve?
Yes, you will need to reserve a space before hand. When you arrive they sometimes take you directly to the house to do the cuddling and taking pictures, sometimes you will have to wait for a while to join the others to go to the panda cuddle houses. After you pay the money, you will be guided by the English-speaking workers there to the houses and to cuddle the panda by turns. It is usually done outside and the panda that is cuddled is a 2-year female panda at present (2015).
A suggested plan to do this project is: drive there in the morning and arrive before 10:00 and do the cuddling and a little tour inside the panda park before leave. You can have lunch nearby and tour the Dujiangyan Irrigation system or visit the Taoist Shrine Mount Qingcheng in the afternoon before drive back to Chengdu.
To reserve a space you can contact Mr. Li hai to make reservations for you: firstname.lastname@example.org. And he can also arrange transportations for you as well.
“On July 11, many regions in Sichuan “warmly weclomed” the highest temprature of recent months, “reported by Sichuan Online.
According to weather records from Sichuan Meteorological Bureau, the highest temprature reached 33 ℃ in regions including Chengdu, Meishan, Leshan, Neijiang, Suining, Panzhihua, Bazhong. Other regions, such as Dazhou, Guangan, Nanchong, Luzhou, Yibing, Ziyang, Zigong, recorded highest temprature of 35 ℃.
There are many ways of getting rid of “Hot Summer” – going to cooler plateau, hide in the deep forests, swimming, etc. Yes, swimming is a good way to cool ourselves, which is at the same time a relaxing activity. Sihai, or Dead Sea, is a very popular place for swimming in Sichuan. It is a great choice, but YOU HAVE TO GET A ROOM FOR SWIMMING, OR JUST STAND IN THE WATER?
Well, swimming is usually a local activity for native families. For regular tourists who want to travel in summer. I suggest you cool down yourself in a famous quiet mountain – Emeishan or Qingchengshan, or enjoy a leisure stay in Ruoergai Prairies, or visit the breathtaking waterscape in Jiuzhaigou.