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A Guide to Spring Festival Activities 2019-06-04
Recently, the West Lake Scenic Area of Hangzhou has released its Cultural Activity Guide for the first quarter of 2018, which lists a wealth of traditional Spring Festival (Feb. 16) activities until Lantern Festival (March 3). To fully involve yourselves in the Chinese traditional festival then read on to learn more …

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Activity One: West Lake Spring Welcoming Flower Exhibition
The annual West Lake Spring Welcoming Flower Exhibition is a key part of Hangzhou’s Spring Welcoming activities and provides tourists and citizens with the opportunity of viewing an abundance of spring flowers.

Time: Feb 10 to March 2
Contact: +86 571 87065684
Venue: Temple to King Qians (钱王祠)

Activity Two: Exhibition of Works by Chen Shu (陈书), No. 1 Female Painter of the Qing Dynasty
Time: January 25 to March 30
Contact: +86 571 87089260
Venue: Temple to King Qians (钱王祠)

Activity Three: Paying Respect to King Qians on the Lantern Festival

The activity of Paying Respect to King Qians is a provincial level intangible cultural heritage of Zhejiang. The activity, held annually, mainly focuses on paying respect to the five kings of the Wuyue Kingdom during the Five Dynasties (893-978).

Time: March 3
Contact: +86 571 87065684
Venue: Temple to King Qians (钱王祠)

◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ Yuemiao (Yue Fei Mausoleum) Management Office ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆

Activity One: Big Time for Spring Operas
Afternoon on Feb. 18: Yuejue Opera
Afternoon on Feb. 19: Hangzhou Opera
Afternoon on Feb. 20: Yuejue Opera

Venue: Huanglong Cave Yuanyuan Folk Custom Park
Contact: 13777418006    

Activity Two: Hands-on Activities
Cultural activities for children and teenagers such as paper cutting, paper filigree and featured door ring making will be held at various intervals throughout the festival.

Time: schedule to be confirmed during the official notice
Venue: Zhengqi Villa (正气轩) of Yue Fei Mausoleum
Contact: 13305712879

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Activity One: 2018 Guo's Villa Camelia Exhibition
Time: January 30 to March 12
Contact: +86 571 87969691
Venue: Guo’s Villa

Activity Two: Hangzhou Citizen Orchid Exhibition
Time: March 2 to 7

Contact: +86 571 87969691
Venue: Guo’s Villa

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Activity One: Prince Bay Park Tulip Exhibition
Time: early mid-March to mid-late April
Venue: Prince Bay Park
Contact: +86 571 87967384

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Activity One: Ascending Pagoda of Six Harmonies
Why not celebrate the traditional Chinese New Year in a century-old pagoda? You could tour around the park of Pagoda of Six Harmonies in a fun way, enjoy splendid art and cultural performances, join in the stately ceremony of praying for good luck for the coming New Year, and toll bells when the New Year comes in to pray for a prosperous and healthy New Year.

Time: Feb 15 to 16
Contact: +86 571 86591364
Venue: Pagoda of Six Harmonies

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Activity One: Ascending Jade Emperor Mountain to Pray
Jade Emperor Mountain, in Hangzhou, has always been a popular place for people to pray for a smooth New Year.

Contact: +86 571 87088051
Venue: Jade Emperor Mountain

Activity Two: Animal Garden Party
Parents, as well as children, can experience a wealth of Chinese traditional folk customs such as paper-cutting, eating Tangyuan (round and sweet glutinous rice balls eaten during Chinese New Year), and guessing lantern riddles etc.

Time: early February
Venue: Former Residence of Hu Xueyan
Contact: +86 571 86821131

Activity Three: Wansong Amusement Gathering
In a relaxing atmosphere, parents and children can experience ancient Chinese etiquettes such as dressing in Han Chinese Clothing, worshipping Confucius, and taking part in ancient amusement games like kick shuttlecock and Touhu, an ancient banquet game of throwing arrows into a pot.

Venue: Wansong Academy
Contact: +86 571 86079486

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Activity One: Wushan Temple Fair
Wushan Temple Fair is one of the most ancient temple fairs in Hangzhou’s history and is a folk temple fair infusing tourism, art performances, delicacies and shopping.

Time: during Spring Festival
Venue: Chenghuang Pavilion Scenic Area
Contact: +86 571 87033300

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Activity One: 2018 Visiting Plum Blossom at Lingfeng Peak
Time: January 31 to March 5
Contact: +86 571 89715705
Venue: Lingfeng Peak
Activity Two: The 5th Lingfeng Tea Gathering
Co-organized by Hangzhou Botanical Garden and China National Tea Museum, this activity combines traditional Chinese tea culture with plum blossom culture, with the addition of guessing New Year riddles, Guqin Performances, and New Year Praying.

Time: February 24
Venue: Lingfeng Peak
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Activity One: Experiencing Culture of Zodiac Animal Signs
Visit Hangzhou Zoo in the New Year and learn all about the culture of the Year of the Dog as well as experience New Year activities like engraving and writing the Chinese character “福” and spring couplets.

Contact: +86 571 87153412
Venue: Science Popularization and Education Center

◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ Hangzhou Municipal Cultural Relics Protection  Management Office ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆

Activity One: Guessing Riddles and Giving Best Wishes
Besides participatory activities such as calligraphy or painting by using pencil rubbings on engraved steles and dressing in Han Chinese clothing, the office will invite nationally-noted calligraphers to write the Chinese character “福” as well as spring couplets both of which will be given to those who figure out the New Year riddles.

Venue: Hangzhou Confucian Temple
Time: February 16 to 18
Contact: +86 571 8701660

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Activity One: Spring Welcoming Exhibition of Calligraphy and Painting themed on Plum Blossom Collected by Hangzhou Museum
Time: early February
Venue: temporary exhibition hall, 2nd floor of the south hall of Hangzhou Museum
Contact: +86 571 87831129

Activity Two: Exhibition of Porcelain from the Yuan Dynasty Unearthed in Zhaohui Road, Hangzhou
Time: early February
Venue: temporary exhibition hall, 3rd floor of the south hall of Hangzhou Museum
Contact: +86 571 87831129

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Activity One: Guessing Tea-related Riddles
For those who figure out the riddles, the museum will present them with an exquisite gift.

Venue: Shuangfeng Branch, China National Tea Museum
Time: February 16 to 21
Contact: +86 571 87964232/87969161

Activity Two: Knowing Chinese Teas Class
The class is comprised of two sections, lectures and practices, which will certainly fulfill your thirst for tea knowledge. The classes are available every morning and afternoon during the Chinese Spring Festival (February 15 to March 2). Please note spaces are limited.

Venue: Hongjian Villa (鸿渐阁) of Longjing Branch, China National Tea Museum
Contact: +86 571 87969050/87593736

◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ Han Mei Lin Art Gallery ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆

Activity One: Seven-Day Spring Festival Fun
Available activities include zodiac woodblock printing and 3-dimensional paper-cutting.

Time: February 16 to 22
Contact: +86 571 87972353
Venue: Lobby of Han Mei Lin Art Gallery

Activity Two: Hand-make Dog-related Lantern on Lantern Festival
Time: March 2
Venue: Han Mei Lin Art Gallery
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