The Qingming (Tomb-sweeping Day) Festival is one of the 24 seasonal division points in China, falling on April 4-6 each year. After the festival, the temperature will rise up and rainfall increases. It is the high time for spring plowing and sowing. But the Qingming Festival is not only a seasonal point to guide farm work, it is more a festival of commemoration. The Qingming Festival sees a combination of sadness and happiness.

During the Qingming Festival, a lot of families would burn spirit money and paper replicas of material goods to remember and honour their ancestors at cemeteries. As the green concept becomes more and more popular in morden times, "greener sweeping" is taken by young generations.

Tale of Qingming

Qinming Festival originated from Hanshi Day (literally, Day with cold food only), a memorial day for Jie Zitui, a historical character who died in 636 BC in the Spring and Autumn Period.
It is said that in the seventh century BC during the Spring and Autumn Period, Duke Xiao was the monarch of the state of Jin. His eldest son, Shen Sheng should have inherited the throne on the death of his father. But Duke Xiao had other plans. He wanted the son of his favorite concubine, Li Ji, to succeed him as the ruler of Jin. Full Story>>

In contrast to the sadness of the tomb sweepers, people also enjoy hope of Spring on this day. The Qingming Festival is a time when the sun shines brightly, the trees and grass become green and nature is again lively. Since ancient times, people have followed the custom of Spring outings. At this time tourists are everywhere.

Traditions during Qingming Festival

Taqing (Spring Outing)

Qingming is the best time for Taqing, or a spring outing, getting out and enjoying the early blossoms before summer. It is a fine time to go out and appreciate the beauty of nature during the festival.


Swings are very popular amongst children and are usually found on playgrounds. As a popular custom on Tomb Sweeping Day, swinging not only stops the chillness from eating cold food, but also develops a child’s bravery.

Kite Flying

Flying kites is also an important custom enjoyed by many people, young and old, during the Qingming Festival. In the past, people cut the string to let the kite fly freely. This custom is believed to bring good luck and eliminate diseases.


Ju is a rubber ball made of leather on the outside and stuffed tightly with feathers on the inside. Cuju means "kick the rubber ball with foot". It was a popular sport played by the ancient Chinese during the Qingming Festival. The Yellow Emperor was purportedly the initiator of Cuju, and he invented it to train his soldiers.

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What are you going to do during Qingming Festival holidays?
A. Sweeping tomb
B. Travel
C. Staying at home
D. Dating
E. Shopping
F. Others
Poetry about Spring

Easily overslept is spring morning!

There are birds around me singing.

The wind blew with a little rain last night,

And how many flowers be beaten might!

Travel Tips

The day is getting warm, and trees are sprouting back to color. Yes, the spring is just around the corner. Have you set travel itineraries for the upcoming 3-day holiday of Qingming Festival?

3 days Mt Huangshan Tour

Enjoy "the Four Uniques" of Mt.Huangshan - rocky peaks, oddly-shaped pines, crystal-clear mountain springs and seas of clouds Visit traditional Anhui style village of Hongcun, enjoy its carefully designed format and spectacular architecture.

3 days Lijiang Discovery Tour

Experience the unique life style of minority nationalities in Lijiang Enjoy local ethnic folk customs and traditional music of Naxi Nationality Feel the holly sightseeing at Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.

3 days Zhangjiajie Tour

View beautiful scenery and natural heritage at Zhangjiajie National Forest Park Appreciate natural sights of trees, mountains, streams and wild lives Enjoy uncanny workmanship by nature in Yellow Dragon Cave.