Suzhou Festivals & Events

寒山寺敲钟

  • Listening to the Bells at the Hanshan Temple on the Lunar New Year’s Eve

Time: From the eve of the Lunar New Year to the first day of the New Year

Venue: Hanshan Temple

What’s on: During the festival, you can toll the bell, taste delicious local dishes and snacks, watch theatrical performances, participate in the Jiangfeng Islet Colorful Lantern Night Tour, appreciate the on-site production of traditional handicrafts, attend the Fanbei Concert in the Big Bell and Big Tablet Garden, and listen to the 108 bells on the New Year’s Eve.

  • Pingjiang Lantern Fair

Time: February

Venue: Pingjiang Road, Suzhou

What’s on: Various activities are held at the lantern fair, such as gathering folk lantern-making artisans, collecting the folk festival celebration activities, and holding the parade of colorful lanterns along Pingjiang Road.

  • Biluochun Tea Culture Tourism Festival

Time: March to April

Venue: Jinting Town, Suzhou

What’s on: The inauguration ceremony for tea picking and frying, participating in the picking and frying of Biluochun tea, the performance of folk art and the display and sales of folk snacks.

周庄国际旅游艺术节

  • China Suzhou Zhouzhuang International Tourism Art Festival

Time: April

Venue: Old Town of Zhouzhuang, Kunshan

What’s on: Watching the performance with the real-life scenery of small bridges, flowing waters and houses in South China. The items include the folk songs and dances of South China and the performance of waving cotton cloth.

  • Suzhou “Tongli Spring” International Tourism Culture Festival

Time: April

Venue: Tongli Water Town, Wujiang City

What’s on: The evening party of the opening ceremony, the China Tongli Film Forum, the “Tongli Cup” China Go Game Tianyuan Finals, March 3rd Tongli Poem Party, and the Presentation of the “Tongli Spring” Tour.

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  • Suzhou Luzhi Water Land Costume Culture Tourism Festival

Time: April to May

Venue: Luzhi Water Town

What’s on: The opening ceremony of the tourism festival in the evening, the display of the costumes of the land of water, the “Luzhi Cup” Water Land Photography Competition, the local performances at all tourist attractions, Suzhou pingtan (storytelling combined with ballad singing in Suzhou dialect), the on-site show of folk handicrafts, Lion Dance and Dragon Dance.

  • Mudu Dragon Boat Folk Custom Culture Festival

Time: The fifth day of the fifth lunar month

Venue: Mudu Ancient Town

What’s on: The sacrificial ceremony of the Wu clan, Mudu Lantern Riddle Competition, Mudu-Xukou “King Xu Culture Tracing Tour”, Wu Area Folk Snack and Zongzi (a pyramid-shaped dumpling made of glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo or reed leaves) King Competition, Wu Area Folk Literature and Art Get-together, etc.

虎丘庙会

  • Suzhou Tiger Hill Temple Fair

Time: From late September to early November

Venue: Tiger Hill, Suzhou

What’s on: Folk vaudevilles, South China dances, Yueju Opera, martial arts and the performance of folk musical instruments.

  • South China Lotus Seeds Picking Festival

Time: June to August

Venue: Suzhou

What’s on: Appreciating lotus flowers, Lotus Flower Photography Competition, the performance of pingtan and fishermen’s songs, the exhibition and sales of bowl-shaped lotus roots and potted lotus flowers, and tasting the lotus pond ecological foods in summer.

苏州太湖落日

  • Suzhou Taihu Lake Fishing Festival

Time: August

Venue: Taihu Lake in Suzhou

What’s on: Theatrical performance at the opening ceremony with the prayer ceremony for the fishing festival as the mainstay, which falls into six parts: inviting the god, offering sacrifices to the god, pleasing the god, sending off the god and setting free the captured fish, so as to display the original Taihu Lake fishermen’s culture and the braveness and firmness of fishermen on Taihu Lake.

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