Shuhe Ancient Town Festivals and Events
1.Lijiang Snow Mountain Music Festival
Shuhe Old Town is home to the Snow Mountain Music Festival, which every year brings musicians from around China and the world together for several days. It falls on every August.
2.Bangbang Festival (Stick Festival)
The Bangbang festival (also called Lantern Festival) is one of the grand festivals for Naxi people in Lijiang. It's celebrated on Jan.15 Chinese Lunar Calendar. The festival is a market place of Naxi minority to buy wood made pieces, flowers, hand made works with bamboo, food, clothes etc. People dress in their traditional custom. The market last for one week.
3.San Duo Festival
Sanduo Festival is the one of the grand festivals Naxi people spend in Lijiang. It’s celebrated on lunar Feb 8th each year and has been a traditional and legal holiday for Lijiang. During the day many Naxi people from all around came to visit Beiyuemiao Shrine, offering sacrifice to Sanduo God, Lijiang Municipality will set three days off as public holiday.
Torch festival is a grand traditional festival of southwest China, it falls on 24th in lunar June and continues over three days. There is a special custom that people would burn the “five-color thread” in Lijiang. It symbolizes a good luck for themselves, families and relatives in the future.
July Festival is another important festival of Naxi people. It occurs each middle July according to lunar calendar and mainly involves trading of horse or cows. Thus, it is nicknamed as Horse Trade Festival. During this 10-day-long festival, naxi people will bring their live stocks, herbs and various specialties and throng into Lijiang ancient town. It is a very good opportunity to have a glimpse of local people’s life.
Shuhe Old Town is more quiet and less commercialized than Lijiang Old Town. Thus the bars in Shuhe are also quite too. When you come to Lijiang, it is hard to say that you really appreciate the flavor of Lijiang without enjoying the old town's bars. Choose one to sit down and feel the original songs of these singers, just relax yourself.