China Nanjing International Plum Blossom Festival
Time: Late February to mid March
Venue: Zhongshan Mountain Scenic Zone, Fujiabian, Pearl Spring, Guilin Park, etc.
What’s on: With “plum blossoms” as the theme, various activities are held during the festival, such as the parade of decorative carts, theatrical performances, the Plum Pen Club, the photography competition, economic and trade exchange activities, and “making friends with flowers as the matchmaker”.
Jiangsu Qinhuai Lantern Festival
Time: From the Spring Festival to the Lantern Festival
Venue: Qinhuai River Scenic Belt
What’s on: During the lantern festival, the areas on both banks of the Qinhuai River are crowded with people, with myriad twinkling lights. The Qinhuai Lantern Festival has a long history. The lanterns shown at the festival are made according to the traditional techniques after absorbing the artistic advantages of paper handicrafts, painting, calligraphy, paper-cuts, shadow puppet show, embroider and sculpture. It is the special culture peculiar to the Qinhuai River area.