Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is the most important traditional Chinese holiday celebrated at the turn of the Chinese calendar. In China, it is also known as the Spring Festival. Chinese New Year celebrations traditionally run from Chinese New Year's Eve, the last day of the last month of the Chinese calendar, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month, making the festival the longest in the Chinese calendar. Traditionally, the festival was a time to honor deities as well as ancestors. Often, the evening preceding Chinese New Year's Day is an occasion for Chinese families to gather for the annual reunion dinner. Windows and doors will be decorated with red color paper-cuts and couplets with popular themes of "good fortune" or "happiness", "wealth", and "longevity." Other activities include lighting firecrackers and giving money in red paper envelopes.

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Kham Tibet

The southeastern part of China is one of the most mysteries land laying on the peak of the earth with magnificent mountains and the most fascinating ethnics minority of China. No other minority groups could reach the culture achievements as high as the Han Chinese, but the Tibetans made it. Half of the Tibetans live in Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture today while the rest of them live in Qinghai, Gansu, Sichuan and Yunnan provinces. According to geographical divisions, it was divided into three traditional provinces: Ü-Tsang, Kham and Amdo. Kham is a very important branch of Tibetans which covers a large part of Tibetan region as demonstrated in the map above. Kham, in Tibetan, means “frontier”, referring to the region which is not concurred by the central Tibetan culture. Some Chinese linguists and anthropologists refer to Kham as the 'Ethnic Corridor of Southwest China', as its vast and sparsely populated territories are inhabited by over 14 culturally and linguistically distinct ethnic groups. For reasons of simplicity, the Chinese government combines the various ethnic groups of Kham together with the Tibetans to form one big nationality, called the "Tibetan Nationality". There are, however, significant differences in traditions and beliefs —even physical appearance— between the peoples of Kham and Lhasa. We are going to present you this magnificent ethnic canvas in Kham area by crossing throughout from east to the west, discovering the splendid culture varying from history, religion, custom, fine art to architecture, medicine, agriculture, costumes and traditional food with our Tibetan culture embassader by enjoying lectures from experts while scanning the breath-taking Plateau nature scenery along the way. It will be an absolute Tibetan culture experience immersing into the unknown Kham.