SINGAPORE â Agoda.
com, Asia's leading hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq: PCLN), today announced special rates for Qingming Festival.
Observed in mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau, Qingming is a day where families honor their ancestors. The day is traditionally spent visiting the burial sites of loved ones to âspring cleanâ the graves, pray, and make offerings. It is also known as âTomb Sweeping Day.â
Qingming occurs on the 15th day after the spring equinox â this year falling on April 5. It coincides with the onset of warmer spring weather, and its customs correspond to this change of season. After dusting graves and making offerings, families go on picnics together, take long country walks, and plant trees. Kite flying is also a popular Qingming activity.
An integral part of Qingming and of venerating the dead is the burning of paper offerings. These are believed to cross over to the spirit world for ancestors to use in the afterlife. Elaborate joss paper effigies of gold jewelry, land deeds, iPads and iPhones, games of mahjong, and even celebrity marriage certificates are among some of the offerings available.
During Qingming, places like Babaoshan Revolutionary Cemetery â the national cemetery of Beijing â become festooned with flowers and offerings. Beijing's Yuan Ming Yuan Park also bursts into color as locals set up craft stalls and people fly kites against a backdrop of the season's first blooms.
Outside the major cities, some choose to spend their long weekend by the beach. Sanya is one popular seaside destination promising warm weather, fresh seafood, sandy beaches, and a great range of dining and entertainment. Must-see landmarks here include the Guanyin Statue of Hainan, the scenic Daxiao-Dongtian Park, and the Loubi karst cave. Yalong Bay offers some of the best beaches in the area. Elsewhere in the country, people take advantage of the long weekend by going on short city breaks. Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Xiamen, and Xian are all popular weekend destinations year round, easily accessible by train, and with their own unique natural and cultural attractions.
Agoda.com has secured hotel deals in Beijing, Sanya, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Xiamen, and Xian, just in time for the Qingming Festival long weekend. Customers planning to travel during this time should lock in a special rate as soon as they can.
AGODA.COM QINGMING FESTIVAL HOTEL DEALS
Jade Garden Hotel 4*- 35% discount!
From US$88 per night. Valid until June 30