Festivals & great weather make autumn a great time for China travel

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Fall is a beautiful time to come to China – the rain and humidity of the summer lifts, the sky clears and the air becomes a bit more crisp.  Landscapes and nature reserves throughout the nation change hues, erupting in the cheerful colors of harvest season.


Jiuzhaigou Five Flower Lake
Festivals celebrating this change provide great insight into the local culture of the diverse regions of China.  Listed here are a few upcoming events:

  • Ramadan (August 1-29). An Islamic month of fasting, this religious practice may affect availability of local businesses in Muslim quarters throughout the country such as Xi’an and other destinations along the Silk Road.
  • Yi Torch Festival(throughout August).  Throughout the southwest plateau of China, in Yunnan and Sichuan provinces, the Yi minority group will celebrate the beginning of autumn.
  • Mid-Autumn Festival (September 12). A harvesting festival celebrated as a national holiday throughout China.
  • National Day. (October 1 – 7).  A public holiday celebrating the establishment of the People’s Republic of China.  Travel to China is not recommended at this time as crowds of domestic travelers at iconic sites can be overwhelming.  Travel to more remote regions in the west and southwest of China are still quite pleasant (e.g. more rural parts of Yunnan, Guizhou, and Guangxi province).
  • Harvesting Festivals of Minorities in Guizhou (October 5, 23-25), including the Lusheng Festival (October 23), which is celebrated in Gulong town of Guizhou province. Festivities can include ceremonies in traditional attire, song, and dance with the reed.  Read more about this destination in the Financial Times here.
  • New Year Festivities for the Minorities of Guizhou. Miao Minority (November 10-17). Dong Minority (November 23-30).



Please note that for first-time visitors to China, sites and activities in Qingdao and Guangzhou are less distinctive than other areas of China. Festivals in these areas tend to attract large crowds are are only suitable for those with a high interest in participating.

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