• Zongzi made to celebrate traditional Dragon Boat Festival

    Zongzi made to celebrate traditional Dragon Boat Festival
    People make Zongzi in China to greet the traditional Dragon Boat Festival, which falls on June 23 this year.
  • China to greet upcoming Dragon Boat Festival

    China to greet upcoming Dragon Boat Festival
    Performers beat drums during a folk custom performance to greet the upcoming Chinese Dragon Boat Festival.
  • Why you get a holiday: Dragon Boat Festival explained

    Why you get a holiday: Dragon Boat Festival explained
    The long weekend is in sight. This weekend everyone around the country will stop to celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival.
  • Make your own Zongzi for Dragon Boat Festival

    Make your own Zongzi for Dragon Boat Festival
    With Dragon Boat Festival approaching, you’ll start to see more and more zongzi on the streets.
Origins of Dragon Boat Festival

Origins of Dragon Boat Festival

Duanwu, popularly known as Dragon Boat Festival, will be upon us soon.These days, the festivities still commemorate Qu Yuan.

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Eat zongzi.
Go travelling.
Visit friends.
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Best for historians

Best for historians

Hugged by the mountains of Mentougou district, Lingshui became famous in the days of imperial China for producing an impressive 22 scholars. To this day, the whole village annually celebrates them.
Best for historical exploration

Best for historical exploration

Follow in the footsteps of long-gone merchants as you tread the cobblestones of Beijing’s ‘Ancient Road to the West’ (京西古道), which weaves its way out of the village across the mountainside.
Best for kids

Best for kids

In 2009, Diaowo was selected by Beijing’s state media as one of the area’s top villages, and was consequently turned into a first-degree tourist trap.
Best for healthy food and water

Best for healthy food and water

Far away in the mountains of Miyun district is the sleepy little village of Zhuanshanzi; untouched by commercial pressures, it’s packed with a rural charm that could calm even the most frenetic urban spirit.
Best for explorers

Best for explorers

Despite being located behind an ugly quarry pass, Shuiyu is, without a doubt, the most captivatingly lovely of Beijing’s villages. While the east side is peppered with signs of modernity, the west is a gorgeous labyrinth of stone cottages.
Best for archaeologists

Best for archaeologists

Up in the mountains of Yanqing district is something that even Indiana Jones would puzzle over: Guyaju is an abandoned mountain village of unknown origin that is rumoured to have once been occupied by dwarves.