The Oriental Pearl--Shanghai, China
Shanghai is a city with a long history, and famous for its deep cultural deposits and unique cultural customs. Nowadays, many traditional customs are still alive in Shanghai, and those local folk-custom holidays add lots of traditional joys to the living pace of this modern city. Besides traditional festivals and holidays, Shanghai also has the following holidays: the New Year Bell Ringing at the Longhua Temple on New Year's Eve; the Longhua Temple Fair in the third lunar month of the year; in April, the Peach Blossom Festival in the Nanhui District, and the Shanghai International Tea Culture Festival in the Zhabei District; in May, the International Dragon Boat Race Festival in the Qingpu District, and the International Flower Festival in the Putuo District, the Shanghai International Fashion Culture Festival, the Shanghai Spring International Music Festival (held in each odd year).
In June, the Shanghai Film Festival; in August, the Shanghai International Ballet Competition; in September and October, the Shanghai Sweet Osmanthus Festival, the Shanghai International Music Fireworks Festival, and the Shanghai Tourism Festival; in October, the Shanghai Orange Festival, the Shanghai International Magic Festival, and the Shanghai International Travel Mart (held in each even year); in November, the Shanghai International Arts Festival, the Shanghai Asian Music Festival, the Shanghai Arts Expo, and the Shanghai TV Festival; in December, the National Fitness Festival, and the Shanghai International Marathon.
Shikumen is one of Shanghai’s unique features. It is a kind of adjourning houses in half-timber construction, most of which are built in the lanes in rows. With the continuous rebuilding of Shanghai in recent years, many Shikumens disappeared as a result, but there are still some of them preserved after rebuilt. For instance, the New Worlds on the Huangpi S. Rd. and the Taicang Rd. are rather representative. In Bugaoli on the Yongjia Rd., the Shaanxi S. Rd. and many other places, Shanghai Shikumens can still be seen.
The representative for Shanghai’s local opera is the Shanghai Opera deriving from the local Huagu opera, which has had a history of over 220 years and is much favored by the Shanghai people. At the beginning of the last century, the Shaoxing Opera came into Shanghai, formed a graceful and lyric artistic style and became women’s favorite in the Shanghai Bund. To watch such a performance with your own eyes, you may go to the Elderly’s Cultural Palace, the Grand Stage, the Great World Entertainment Center and some other places of Shanghai.
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