Harbin Ice and Snow Festival
This festival runs from Jan 5 until mid-February every year in the city of… you guessed it, Harbin (Heilongjiang province). During this festival they build life-sized castles and other structures out of nothing but ice, then they light these structures with vibrant LED lights to illuminate them into the night with vibrant colors. Dress warm.
Chinese New Year
This celebration is an awesome blast of awesomeness every year on February 10th. If you choose to celebrate this Eastern New Year book as early as you can as it is sure to be busy, especially in the busier citied of Shanghai. If you show up, be ready for dancing, parades, fireworks, and unique food. Did I mention that there will be fireworks? Sweet…
This July festival is one of the most popular in southwest China. This year it is from July 31 – August 2 with Liangshan (southwest Sichuan) hold one of the largest Torch Festival celebrations with three days of traditional music / dancing, bull fighting, fireworks, and bonfires… naturally.
Shaoxing Rice Wine Festival
Need you another excuse to drink for a reason? Here it is. This festival held in Shaoxing (northeastern Zhejiang province) every October typically starts in the middle of the month and usually lasts for a month. Here you will be able to sample the different wine and brews of the area while touring the local brewery or even listen to live music performances.