Mid April every year
Jinghong City in Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province
Legend has it that once upon a time, there was a devil incarnate, who married seven girls by force. The girls hated him bitterly. One day they worked together to cut the devil’s head off. However wherever the devil’s head rolled, a fire would break out. The fire would go out only when a girl held the head in the arms. The seven girls had to take turns to hold the devil’s head. Each girl was on duty for one year. Before a girl was relieved on duty, the local people would sprinkle water on the girl to wash away bloodstains, and express their gratitude and respects. The devil’s head finally became ashes. The Water-Sprinkling Festival, which aims at doing away with the old and usher in the new, has become a custom since then. Now the Miao people believe that water will bring fortune to the people.
Various activities are held during the festival, such as holding dragon boat races, setting off homemade rockets, performing elephant-leg drum dance and peacock dance, attending garden parties, going to market, and sprinkling water. Unmarried young men and women would pledge enduring a affection by throwing pouches to each other.
Main Tourist Attractions
Manfeilong Pagoda, Jingzhen Octagonal Pavilion, Mange Buddhist Temple and Tropical Botanical Garden, etc.
Tourists may fly to Kunming, and then change a bus to Jinghong. Though it will take a long time to go from Kunming to Jinghong by bus, tourists can appreciate the beautiful scenery on the way.