Asia’s numerous festivals can provide a fascinating insight into the region’s many cultures and traditions.
Traditional festivals in Asia are the perfect cultural experience for clients and provide a great reason to visit, with a number of tour operators offering trips that incorporate popular and lesser-known celebrations.
“Many Asian festivals have barely changed in hundreds of years and are a great opportunity to enjoy the local culture and meet the local people while they are in a festive mood,” says Ruth Hubbard, InsideJapan’s product manager.
She recommends booking early for clients, as these celebrations are popular with tourists and locals.
Here we round up Asia tours that visit some of the continent’s cultural festivals.
The Cheung Chau Bun Festival takes place in Hong Kong on the fifth to the ninth day of the fourth lunar month, which falls on the 27 April to 1 May in 2020.
It includes a series of events over a week such as Taoist ceremonies and music, a parade, lion dances, drum beating and a bun scrambling competition.
The festival is a good add-on to a city break, says Dawn Page, director of UK and Northern Europe at the Hong Kong Tourism Board.
“Cheung Chau Island is just a short 30-minute boat ride from Central [the business district], on Hong Kong Island, so visitors can combine the festival with discovering all that Hong Kong has to offer. For first-time visitors, I would recommend the Peak Tram for amazing views of the city, a ride on the historic Star Ferry and a trip to Lantau Island to see the Tian Tan Buddha.”