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Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is best recognised for having one of the grandest fireworks displays on earth, which almost everyone in Beijing contributes to. The dates vary every year but it's usually in February and lasts for 15 days. Apart from the fireworks, visitors won't notice too much in the way of celebrations - it's very much a family occasion, but it's well worth visiting a temple fair. The one at the Temple of Earth Park in Beijing is good.

Date: 05 February 2019 - 20 February 2019
Venue: Throughout the city, but especially in temples and parks.


Beijing Dance Festival

This theatre and dance festival, lasting for six weeks, showcases the best of local and global contemporary dance with more than two dozen shows performed at venues across Beijing.

Date: 23 July 2019 - 28 July 2019
Venue: Theatres across Beijing.

Mid-Autumn Festival

Also known as The Moon Festival, this event means a family reunion to Chinese people so it is one of the most important traditional festivals in China. Admiring the full moon and eating delicious moon cakes is the order of the day. Mid-Autumn Festival is held on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month.

Date: 13 September 2019 - 13 September 2019
Venue: Throughout Beijing.


China Open Tennis Tournament

Now held at the Beijing Olympic Green Centre, this ATP elite tour event attracts many of the world's best tennis players.

Date: 28 September 2019 - 06 October 2019
Venue: Beijing Olympic Green Tennis Centre.

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