2012-12-24Marking the beginning of the Chinese Lunar New Year, this is when Beijing is at its most colorful. People decorate their shops and homes with messages of good fortune and paste protective images of gods at their doorways to scare away evil spirits.
2012-12-23As one of Beijing's busiest and largest temple fairs, Ditan Park is the site of the altar where sacrifices were formerly offered to the earth god. Activities will include folk performances, fashion shows and a food street.
2012-12-22Marking the end of the Spring Festival, this is another colorful time to be in the city. Lantern processions and sweet-filled rice dumplings abound.
2012-12-22A day to pay respects to departed relatives. People visit graves, placing flowers and burning fake money as a token of mourning.
2012-12-20The Chinese Dragon Boat Festival is also called "Duanyang," "Double Fifth" or "Duanwu." The origins of today's festival are often connected with the patriotic and literary figure, Qu Yuan.
2012-12-19The Mid-Autumn festival is a traditional harvest festival and family occasion. Round moon cakes are eaten to appreciate the moon, which is at its largest and brightest on this day. This is why it is a traditional festival for lovers.
2012-12-18The Double Ninth Festival, also named Chongyang Jie, falls on the ninth day of the ninth month of the Chinese lunar calendar; hence it gets its name. People drink chrysanthemum wine and eat chrysanthemum cakes.
2012-12-17There are several public holidays in China. People take one to three days off during the holidays.
2012-12-08Great events held in Beijing showcase the city's rich cultural and industrial resources, and its global influence.