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Fuxian Music Festival preview and giveaway

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Musicians, partygoers and curious locals will descend on the shores of one of Yunnan's most pristine lakes August 24-26 for the 2012 Fuxian Lake Music Festival.

The festival promises sun, sand and sound as it welcomes more than 20 bands and DJs to the three-day event. Bands will play lakeside in the Luchong Scenic Area (禄充风景区) at Boxi Bay (波息湾).

In addition to music, the Fuxian area offers opportunities to enjoy boating, swimming, camping, visiting local markets and of course ice-cold beverages and late-night barbecue. It is a unique and memorable way to celebrate Chinese Valentine's Day (七夕节), which this year falls on August 23.

Festival tickets are 80 yuan and can be bought at Wheatfield Bookstore or purchased at the festival for 100 yuan. An additional 15 yuan fee must be paid to enter the scenic area.

Bands scheduled to perform

The music is scheduled to begin Friday, August 24 at 7pm and will last until 11pm. Leaving you the morning to recuperate, bands will hit the stage again at 3pm on Saturday and continue until 1am. Sunday will feature performances from 10am-5pm. Performers include:

Ashui and the Crying Suns (阿水与哭泣的太阳)
Ayou and Band (阿由与乐队)
Broken Strings (断弦)
Dark Cosmos (黑宇)
The Gate ()
Hell Yeah
Huadan (花旦)
Huang Xibei and the Band (黄夕倍和乐队)
Hui Ling (回零)
Choupinang (臭皮囊)
Mo Feng (墨风)
Qing Feng (青锋乐队)
seven-7 (四度空间)
Shen Ma (神马)
Sigangli (司岗里)
Strange Days (奇怪的日子)
Totem (图腾)
Tribal Trip
War Whores (战马乐队)
Yuanzi Caodan Ren (原子操蛋人)
DJ Xiao Kris
DJ Yan

Additional acts will be announced as they are booked.

Getting there

Event organizers will provide transportation to and from the Fuxian Lake for 50 yuan. Chartered buses will leave at 5:30pm from the south gate of Yunnan Normal University on August 24. The drive to Fuxian takes about two hours. Return transportation Sunday will depart for Kunming after the festival winds down.

For those wanting to get to the concert independently, buses to Fuxian Lake run out of Kunming's South Bus Station (南部客运站) and tickets cost 25 yuan. After reaching the lake, transfer to a minibus heading to Luchong Scenic Area for an additional five yuan.


Concert promoters can also arrange rooms in advance (standard: 250 yuan/night, superior: 360 yuan/night) at the Luchong Scenic Resort.

Concertgoers wishing to book their own lodging can find hotels in Luchong ranging between 80-150 yuan per night. Another option is to stay on Solitude Hill, an island getaway off Fuxian's southwest shore. Advanced booking at any of these locations is highly recommended.

Camping enthusiasts can sleep under the stars one kilometer from the festival site. Bring your tent and sleeping bag. Directions will be provided upon arrival at Fuxian Lake.

To arrange travel or accommodation through event organizers, or for general inquiries, contact Matu at 13320545279 or email him at matu[at]qq[dot]com.


GoKunming will give away pairs of tickets to the Fuxian Lake Music Festival to the first five people who can answer the following questions:

Fuxian Lake straddles the borders of which three counties?

Which two astronomical stars are central to the Double Seventh story (English names, please)?

Answers must be sent through the GoKunming contact form and include your name and phone number. The winners will be announced in the comments section below.

Good luck and enjoy the festival!

Images: Yereth Jansen

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We have our winners! Congratulations to Pete, Ela, JJ, Alex and Ludwig! All five will receive two free tickets to the music festival for knowing that Fuxian Lake is in Chengjiang, Jiangchuan and Huaning counties and that the two stars in the Double Seventh legend are Altair and Vega. Enjoy the festival!

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