Source: Travel to Qinhuangdao and Shanhaiguan
Longtaitou Festival comes again on the day of dragon raising head,
People celebrate the festival to worship dragon god and pray for good weather for a good harvest.
On this day,
Many people come to Laolongtou (The Old Dragon’s Head) Scenic Spot in Shanhaiguan,
which is the eastern end of the Ming Great Wall by the Bohai Sea.
The stone city is like a dragon heading into the sea.
Chapter 1 Praying for blessing by painting the eyes of the dragon (the most excellent ceremony of blessing process)
Time: 9:38 am on March 8
Address: Xishatan(The West Beach), the main venue stage
Contents: The event starts when an old man reads blessing words, and then read the words aloud: one lift, two lifts, three lifts... These are the traditional customs of the dragon festival.
Chapter II Dragon blessing
Time: March 8 to 10
Contents: 9 dragon dance teams from different regions, mainly reflecting the traditional folk activities in China, symbolizing happiness and auspiciousness.
Chapter III Sacrifice to the Sea
Time: 9:08 am on March 8 to 10
Sacrifice time: March 8 to 10 (8th is the most important sacrifice day)
Contents: Sacrifice to the sea is a worship ceremony to the sea god that fishermen who lived in the coastal areas of Shanhaiguan pray for peace and harvest. It is also a local fisherman culture in Shanhaiguan.
Chapter IV Enlightenment
Time: 10:00 am on March 9
Address: North Side of Chenghai Tower
Contents: Enlightenment Ceremony was regarded as one of the three important rituals of life in ancient times. It is a traditional ritual for children to start literacy and a new study life, praying for the imperial examination. It is of great significance for the descendant of the dragon to hold the ceremony at the head of the Great Wall--Laolongtou(The Old Dragon’s Head).
Chapter 5 - Chapter 18
Historical reproduction and traditional art
Time: March 8 to 10
Contents: Songs --The first platform of Chenghai Tower; Welcoming the Guests--the entrance of the scenic spot; Impression of the Spring Festival Customs--the northeast side of the entrance of the scenic spot; Story telling and Play-singing--Porridge Canteen in Longwuying; Military Martial Arts-- Stable in Longwuying; Lion Dance--the east side of the Eight-Diagram Tactics; Unique Skills--the east side of the Eight-Diagram Tactics; Performance of the Warriors--Longwuying commanding stage; Emperor’s tour--around the scenic spot; Operas --Tupo pavilion; Ancient Magic -- the east side of the China Stele; Eight gods blessing--in front of the Xu Da Commanding Stage; Singing on the seaside -- the west side of the sea god temple; float parade - seaside wooden trestle beside Longyuan Park .