2015 Hainan Qixian Hotspring Water-Splashing Festival to open Aug 19
The 2015 annual China (Hainan) Qixian Hotspring Water-Splashing Festival will be held in Baoting from August 19th to 21st. The festival is held on the seventh day of the seventh month by the lunar calendar and has become a cultural attraction in Hainan.
Theme of 'Happy Chinese Valentines' Day, Happy Baoting', the 2015 festival will set up a main venue in Baoyang, and sub-venues in Yanoda Cultural Tourism Zone and Binglanggu Valley respectively.
This year's festival will feature Li & Miao dance and folk songs, a traditional song and dance competition, Li & Miao cuisine, an intangible heritage exhibition and a free-for-all water splashing carnival to showcase the unique culture of the Li and Miao ethnic minority groups.
Besides these unique festivities, a cross-strait cultural performance will be held, aiming to promote cultural exchanges between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan.
Most residents of Baoting County are Li and Miao minorities. The water-splashing event is their most important traditional festival. People traditionally put on their best clothes and splash water on each other to extend their best wishes.