In celebration of autumn harvest, the tenth Gongcheng Persimmon Festival takes place in Gongcheng Yao Autonomous County of southeast Guilin, from October 26 to November 24. 2013, for about one month.
During the festival, a wide range of activities themed around “Happy Persimmon Town” includes persimmon-throwing fight, persimmons selection, folk song & dance performance, bonfire night and much more. Hongyan village of Yao ethnic group is the main venue for the event. Thousands of people make their way there especially for the persimmon.
Among the verdant hills and clear waters, Hongyan village can be seen over hundreds of acres of persimmons. In harvest season, the golden color lightens the gates and porches of every family, creating a spectacular scene. With the picturesque landscape and charming Yao customs, the villagers started a ‘joyous farmhouse tour’, which offers tourists accommodation in private homes. Tourists can pick fruit in the garden, fish by the riverside or simply enjoy a cup of special Yao tea.
Gongcheng county has been awarded the title of “Chinese persimmon town”. The Gongcheng persimmons, are not only sold throughout the country also exported to Southeast Asia, Europe and America. To promote the rural tourism, the annual Gongcheng Persimmon Festival has been countinously held since 2003.