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2013-08-12 20:10 ChineseTime

Travel to China--tiān hé zhū cūn
                            天   河  珠    村 

Qiqiao Festival, also known as the Chinese Valentine's Day, falls on the seventh day of July in Chinese lunar calendar. There is a traditional Cantonese saying which can be literally translated as the following: the Cantonese people highly value Qiqiao Festival, as indicated by their keeping lights on till sunrise. Pay a visit to Zhu Village, the so-called No. 1 Qiqiao village in China on Qiqiao Festival, and you will see firsthand an extravaganza of people paying tribute to Qiniang. (Qiniang, a legendary figure, is the seventh daughter of the Heavenly Emperor. Against the will of her father, she falls in love with a man named Dong Yong and suffers a severe punishment from her father.)

Zhu Village, also known as Zhuzixiang, is a thousand-year-old village that was established in the first year of Emperor Shaoxing in the Southern Song Dynasty (1131). Located in Tianhe District of Guangzhou, it sits between Guangzhou-Kowloon Railway and Zhongshan Dadao.

It is said that if a couple happen to fall in love with each other in Zhu Village, their romance will last for eternity. Qiqiao Festival offers young couples what they cannot experience and feel in the Western Valentine's Day. In Zhu Village, it is a time-honored custom for women of marriageable age to do needlework on Qiqiao Festival. Whatever they weave, their artworks symbolize their wishes for a good loving relationship. This traditional custom, among others related to Qiqiao Festival, is well preserved even in this age of globalization.
 
※ Transportation:
Take one of the following bus lines: No. B15, B16, B17, B1, B20, B26, B27, B5

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