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Music Festival Season Kicks off in China Posted by on Apr 20, 2011 in Culture

Ever wondered what it’s like to go to a camping music festival in the grasslands of China? Well, wonder no more! These days, weekend long music festivals are becoming more and more common in China. In Beijing alone, over the May Day (五一) holiday, there are three festivals. Each summer, more and more festivals pop up, oftentimes in remote locations. Take for example the In Music Festival (as it is called in English), or 张北草原音乐节 (Zhāng běi cǎo yuán yīn yuè jié – Zhang Bei Grasslands Music Festival) in Chinese. Located out in the middle of nowhere Hebei province (河北省), this festival managed to attract both Chinese and international bands, and it had quite an impressive turn out considering its location and lack of advertising. 2010 was the second year of the Zhang Bei Festival, and we had so much fun there that we are waiting the announcement of year number three. Next week, I’ll preview the big May Day festivals in Beijing, but to hold you over, here’s a highlight video of our trip out to the In Festival last summer.

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About the Author: sasha

Sasha is an English teacher, writer, photographer, and videographer from the great state of Michigan. Upon graduating from Michigan State University, he moved to China and spent 5+ years living, working, studying, and traveling there. He also studied Indonesian Language & Culture in Bali for a year. He and his wife run the travel blog Grateful Gypsies, and they're currently trying the digital nomad lifestyle across Latin America.

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