Grand Opening of Annual Dujiangyan Qingming Water-Releasing Festival 2016

Water has nurtured Chinese nation for more than 5,000 years. Chengdu, the land of abundance, is flourished till today for the water.

The Minjiang River, the longest tributary of the Yangtze River with unique ecological natural conditions has bred the world cultural and natural heritages as Jiuzhaigou Valley, Huanglong, Mount Qingcheng and Dujiangyan.


The Water-Releasing Festival of Dujiangyan Weir derives from Chinese traditional worship ceremony. People have suffered from flood disasters before the Dujiangyan Weir was built. In order to pray for the protection of the god of water, they often offered sacrifices to water along the river.

As the construction of the Dujiangyan Irrigation System by Libing and his son, the Western Sichuan Plain gradually became prosperous and the Water-Releasing Festival was reserved as a traditional activity.

The Annual Dujiangyan Qingming Water-Releasing Festival is inaugurated on March 13th.

The beautiful girls are collecting the clean and pure holy water from the source of Minjiang River and expressing their high respect to the miraculous Minshan Mountain and Minjiang River with colorful hada in hands.

Then, the holy virgins and Tibetan girls will leave for the major scenic spots as Changhai Lake of Jiuzhaigou Valley and the Wucaichi Ponds of Huanglong along the Minjiang River to collect the water and seal it in a special vessel. Afterwards, they will pour the holy water into theinner river on theGrand Ceremony of Water-Releasing Festival in Dujiangyan on April 4th, expressing the good wishes as “drinking water from the same river, enjoying the festival together”.

As a carrier, the holy water-collecting activity strings together the bright pearls scattered on both side of the Minshan Mountain and along the banks of Mingjiang River, digs deeper into the regional culture of Minshan Mountain and Mingjiang River and records the continuous glorious historic culture of ancient Sichuan.

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