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9 Days Beijing-Suzhou-Hangzhou-Shanghai, Air Inclusive at $899

The highlights of this itinerary include hiking along Great Wall in Beijing, exploring old Shanghai in Shanghai Old Street, appreciating Chinese classical garden in Suzhou, rowing on beautiful West Lake in Hangzhou. Besides, you can also experience the special festival atmosphere and splendid Chinese culture.

Chinese Culture

Qingming Festival

Qingming Festival (Tomb Sweeping Day) is an important day for Chinese to commemorate and offer sacrifice to their ancestors. The day usually falls in April. During that day, family members reunite and travel to their ancestors' gravesites to pay their respects. Weeds are removed, tombstone is cleaned and other necessary repairs are also made.

Activities on Qingming Festival

Chinese people to commemorate their ancestors and prefer to choose Qingming as the tomb sweeping day. Swinging is a folk activity on Qingming Festival in ancient China, and is a sport that the player swings back and forth. Chinese people would fly kites on the Qingming Festival, to send their greetings to their loved ones passed away via the kite.

Food on Qingming Festival

Sweet Green Rice Ball: It is the famous food eaten on Qingming Festival in the area of south Yangtze River. It is also important food to offer sacrifice to ancestors.
Sanzi: Sanzi is a kind of fried food and was called cold food in ancient China. Eating Sanzi is a convention around China

Learn Chinese about Qingming Festival

Qingming Festival 清明节 qīng míng jié Tomb-sweeping 扫墓 sǎo mǜ
Burning joss sticks 烧香 shāo xiāng Worshiping ancestors 祭祖 jì zǔ
Flying kites 放风筝 fàng fēng zhēng Swinging on swing 荡秋千dàng qiū qiān
Sweet Green Rice Ball 青团 qīng tuán Sanzi 馓子sǎn zǐ
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