Sights listing
• A brief history of Zhanjiang Dragon’s Dance
• A whole view of the port
• Antique stone dogs
• Beiqiao park (North bridge park)
• Cunjin Bridge
• Cunjin bridge park
• Folk custom lion dance
• Guangzhou bay French Minister bureau's former site
• Haibin park
• Haling village : The most beautiful countryside in Zhanjiang
• Jinghai Temple – the handwritting stone tablets
• Lei family ancestor temple
• Leizhou city – The hometown of Thunder
• Lianjiang city - travel of wonderful fruits
• Man-made Hedi reservoir
• Nanqiao park (South bridge park)
• Peony Pavilion - Tang Xianzu and Guisheng school
• Sea Viewing Promenade
• Silk road of the sea — site of the ancient port in Han Dynasty
• South road revolution commemoration place
• Suwen museum
• The aqueduct of Youth canal
• The Botanical Garden
• The Changzhuyuan ancient castle
• The custom of New year in Lunar calendar
• The Gaoshan temple
• The great offshore coral area in Suwen
• The Lantern festival in Zhanjiang’s villages
• The Qingping Tong’an castle
• The southernmost part of Chinese mainland
• The Thunder culture in Leizhou
• The Tianning temple of Leizhou
• The tropics agriculture - flourish in four seasons
• The West Lake park - commemoration Celebrity Park
• The Wonderful Yingli town
• Time square
• White Sand Bay holyday resort
• Wuchan city - historical famous person and folk art
• Wuyang city
• Yuexi archaeological city museum

The Lantern festival in Zhanjiang’s villages

The Lantern Festival is traditional holiday in China, it takes place on the 15th of lunar January, on the evening people use to enjoy the sight of lanterns. In Zhanjiang, this festival is called Nianli, it integrates festival of lanterns, temple celebrations, commemoration day of the ancestors immigration, and so on.

After celebrating the chinese new year, the different villages begin to prepare the ‘Nianli’. Each village chooses its own day, so people can move to other villages to share the Nianli with neighbours from others districts.

Most of the village's ‘Nianli’ stay on the first month of lunar calendar, begining from the second day until the end of the month. Many village's Nianli are celebrated on 15th or 16th lunar January, so it is a nice time to visit the village. In most villages, Nianli lasts one day, but in some villages the festival lasts 3 days. The activities of Nianli are various, including : Chinese God parade, blessing chinese god for long life and richness, drums and gongs, lanterns parade, dragon’s dance, lion dance, fireworks, theatre, playing with friends and relatives during the night. During Nianli, many people come to see their friends without invitation, all the family will welcome them with rich meal and wine. The guests will give red envelopes to the children. 

Now, Nianli change from folk customs to special cultural event in Zhanjiang area.

(source : Yinsha)


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