This year, due to the Lunar Calendar, three holidays will be celebrated on the same day in Hainan. Valentine's Day, although imported from the West, has grown quite popular in China, and many local restaurants will offer special menus for couples celebrating the romantic holiday.
Lantern Festival marks the end of the traditional Chinese New Year Celebrations. It also falls on February 14th, and is marked by large displays of bright New Year's lanterns, and the grand finale of the 2-week long firework frenzy.
In Haikou, the locals will also be celebrating a special Hainanese holiday, the Flower Exchange Festival. In Haikou's Qiongshan District, the streets will be ablaze with distinctive and unique New Year's lanterns. Lion Dances will be held to bless the event. Traditional Hainan Opera, as well as other performances and events will be held for the enjoyment of the crowd.
This is a great opportunity for everyone to get out, join the crowds of locals and experience the joy and friendliness of Hainan culture.
Translated by Nicki Johnson
Some 21 schools closed this morning in Harbin City due to an "off the chart" amount of fog and haze blanketing the city, with visibility less than 50 meters in certain urban areas.
The PM2.5 Air Quality Index reached up to 500, reports say, a level that is considered "seriously polluted".
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Wuzhishan Yahu Terrace Photo Exhibit opens at Haikou Qilou Old Street
Source: Hainan Daily 2013-08-05
“There's nothing more beautiful than Wuzhishan's Yahu Terraces”, “These are Wuzhishan's most beautiful fields,” …. many of the phtographers at Wuzhishan's Yahu Terraces couldn't stop remarking. On August 3rd, 150 photos of Yahu Terraces were put on display at Haikou's Qilou old street, Zhongshan Road, providing a visual feast for Haikou residents.
The display is divided into 5 sections: The Sound of Spring, Brightness of Summer, Charm of Autumn, People of the Terraces, and Photographers and the Terraces; with a total of 150 pieces on display. Included in the exhibition are works by professional Hainan photographers, as well as works by photography enthusiasts. The works on display show the mysterious and magnificence of the Yahu Terraces, the diverse ethnic customs of the people who live there, the long established traditions of the area, the active life of the residents, as well as records the results of the construction of Wuzhishan's beautiful villages.
The Yahu Terraces are located about 4 kilometers outside Wuzhishan City, and cover an area of about 75 hectares. Shaped like the fingerprints of the five-fingered mountain, the beauty of the terraces' curves and whorls is not to be missed.
This exhibit is jointly hosted by the Wushishan Information Department, the Wuzhishan City Literary Association, the Hainan Provice Photography Association, and Haikou City Photography Association.
The exhibit will be open until August 11th.
Translated by Nicki Johnson of Visit Hainan from