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Festivals in Xiamen

Updated:2016-03-04

Xiamen International Marathon

Co-organized by the Chinese Athletics Association and the Xiamen Municipal People’s Government, Xiamen International Marathon is a unique international marathon held in spring on a route featuring coastal scenery. The event and the Beijing International Marathon have been recognized as the two leading marathons held in the south and north of China.

Time: On the first Saturday of every January

Shangyuan Festival

It is also called “Lantern Festival” or “Yuanxiao Festival”, marking the birthday of the Ziwei Emperor (one of the four Gods of Taoism). For these few days, all streets are decorated with beautiful lanterns. In temples and other public places, there are festival activities such as dragon dancing, lion dancing, stilts walking, fireworks displays and lantern riddle guessing.

Time: January 13 to 17 of China’s lunar calendar

Fenghuanghua (Delonix regia) Tourism Festival

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The festival, named after the Delonix regia, the city tree of Xiamen, is full of local cultural characteristics and vigor. A variety of activities are held, including the grand opening ceremony, a poem meeting, a beach party, an exotic fashion show and a seaside parade.

Time: When Delonix regia blossoms (generally in May and June). It is held alternately with the Ocean Culture Tourism Festival every two years.

Mid-autumn Cake Game

During the Mid-autumn Festival, people in Xiamen play a folk game relevant to the moon cake. When Zheng Chenggong and his army were stationed at Xiamen, the military officer Hong Xu designed this dice game to raise the soldiers’ morale and help them not to miss their families. Later on, this custom spread in Xiamen, and today, on the eve of the Mid-autumn Festival, every family plays the interesting dice game.

Time: August 15 of China’s lunar calendar

Ocean Culture Tourism Festival

Festival activities include aquatic sports and beach activities, such as “Delicious Seafood”, “Sweet Ludao”, “Passionate Drifting”, “Orienteering” and “Canoe Racing”.

Time: During the National Day holidays. It is held alternately with the Fenghuanghua (Delonix regia) Tourism Festival every two years. 

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