Annually held in Lijiang by the Naxi minority on 15th day of the 1st month of the Chinese lunar calendar, this festival marks the end of the Spring Festival and the beginning of the agricultural production of the New Year. Originally held in the local temples as an important religious fair, it was later moved into the Old Town. On that day, locals flock into the Square Street from far and near, selling or buying wooden and bamboo farm tools. In recent years, this festival has grown to be a large trading event. If you walk along the fair street, you will see a great amount of handles for spades, shovels, rolling pins, carrying poles, and any other wooden rod-shaped goods you can imagine. That is why people call it the BangBang Festival.
5 March 2015