Love is universal, but Valentine’s Day is a Western holiday. How do Chinese people celebrate love?

Look no further than the story of The Cowherd and the Weaver Girl 牛郎织女 (niulang zhinü). Its the   Romeo and Juliet of Chinese love stories. A man (dubbed the Cowherd) and an immortal woman (dubbed the Weaver Girl) fall in love. Like any good love story, their love is forbidden. Like a true Chinese story, they don’t have a happy ending. 

The ancient love story inspired China’s own Valentine’s Day- the Qixi Festival (七夕节). It’s a holiday that billions of Chinese people have celebrated as far back as the Han dynasty. 

Qixi Festival is on August 7th this year. But if you want to get creative for bae, then here are some Qixi date tips for February 14th. 



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