Shizuishan International Kite-flying Festival
The Shizuishan International Kite-flying Festival annually takes place in the Shahu Lake area, one of the top 10 holiday destinations in Ningxia Hui autonomous region, featuring deserts, lakes, reeds, birds, fish, mountains and lotuses.
Competitors from home and abroad would take part in the festival, including contestants from the United States, New Zealand and Russia. Participants are judged on criteria including kite shape, size, color and flying techniques. During the event, visitors can not only visually enjoy kite flying experts from all over the world competing on the sand lake, but also learn to make their own kites and fly them in a safe area.
Yinchuan International Automobile and Motorcycle Tourism Festival
The China Yinchuan International Automobile and Motorcycle Tourism Festival takes place annually in Yinchuan, the capital of Northwest China’s Ningxia Hui autonomous region. The region has varied terrain and landforms, covering mountains, rivers, deserts, grassland and plains, make it an ideal arena for auto and motorcycle racing.
The event is jointly sponsored by the Yinchuan municipal government, the Federation of Automobile Sports of China, the Chinese Motor Sports Association, Ningxia Tourism Administration and Ningxia Administration of Sports.
According to the organizing committee, the auto and motorcycle event is aimed at popularizing automobile-driving skills and advocating the automobile culture. Since the first session was held in 2000, the annual event has attracted many tourists, especially self-driving travelers from home and abroad. It was cited by the Asian Motorcycle Union as the biggest motor vehicle event in Asia in 2003 and was ranked as one of China’s top 10 festivals in 2005.
The festival includes activities, such as motocross, a rally around Helan Mountain, a motorcycle stunt show, a desert bonfire party and an artistic and fireworks performance. A contest for refitting automobiles and motorcycles will also take place as part of the festival, presenting participants’ adroit skills in remodelling motor vehicles. Meanwhile, a wide range of remodelled autos, recreational vehicles and classic cars will be exhibited.
Ningxia Yinchuan International Yellow River Cultural Festival
Ningxia Yinchuan International Yellow River Cultural Festival, also known as China International Yellow River Cultural Festival, is a major event that shows best of the west China landscape and full-bodied Muslim flavor. It is held every mid-September and usually lasts 10 days. Ningxia is close to the Yellow River. Set near the great river, the festival is an unforgettable experience to admire folk art and the Yellow River at the same time. Acrobatics, opera, Chinese paintings and calligraphy exhibitions, rock paintings, tourist commodities and Muslim food exhibitions enrich the content of the festival and bring benefit to Yinchuan’s economy.
Hua’er means lad, but also refers to a unique style of folk song across the northwest region of China. Yinchuan holds its Hua’er Fair every May to June. People from near and far climb the hills and sing together. They sit on grassland and improvise songs which are full of life, joy and creativity. It is an excellent occasion for young people. It is the folk love songs that reveal their affection and make matches for young companions.
Eid-ul-Fitr (The Feast of Fast Breaking)
This is the celebration which marks the end of Ramadan for Muslims. It is held on October 1 on the Muslim calendar. September on the Muslim calendar is Ramadan, the month of fasting, when people cannot eat or drink between sunrise and sunset. After an entire month, on October 1, everybody dresses up to celebrate the Feast of Fast Breaking by visiting friends and relatives, exchanging gifts, worshiping in mosques, or making traditional meals, and some will hold wedding ceremonies on the festival.
Eid-ul-Adhia (Corban Festival)
Held annually on December 10 on the Muslim calendar (70 days after the Feast of Fast Breaking),
it is the celebration which takes place after the completion of the Hajj pilgrimage. The first 10 days of December on the Muslim calendar is the period when Muslims make a pilgrimage to Mecca. On the last day, December 10, they perform a grand celebration by going to mosques, calling on friends, as well as killing cattle and sheep to feed their guests or give gifts to each other.
Milad-un-Nabi (The Celebration of the Birth of Prophet Muhammad)
Muslims would gather to pray in congregations on March 12 of the Muslim calendar. This annual festival is to reflect and glorify Muhammad, the founder of Islam, who was born on March 12. It was said that Muhammad died on the same day. So the day is also called the ‘holy death anniversary’.