Why Chinese Valentine’s Day Is Actually For Long-Distance Couples

If you’re in a long-distance relationship with someone in China — you’ll be glad to know that there’s a special day, just for you.

It’s called Qixi Festival. Also known as Chinese Valentine’s Day.

What’s unique about this holiday is that since the Han Dynasty, millions of Chinese people have been celebrating an ancient love story, a lot like yours.

But before we get to that, we’ll run you through all there is to know about one of China’s most romantic holidays of the year.

And not only that, but we’ve also included a few romantic gift ideas to help you show your love from afar and give them a happy Chinese Valentine’s Day to remember!

What is Chinese Valentine’s Day?

Chinese Valentine’s Day (七夕节), is an ancient celebration of love, inspired by the reunion of a long-distance couple, Niúláng (牛郎) and Zhinü (织女).

Many brides and grooms stand in front of a red drop to get married together on Chinese Valentines Day
Men and women standing outside in tradition red Chinese wedding robes

Romantic gestures, marriage proposals, and confessions of love come out in full force during China’s Qixi Festival.

The Story of Qixi Festival:
Reunion of Niúláng and Zhinü

According to Chinese legend, Zhinü was one of the heavenly daughters of the Jade Emperor. Bored of her mundane life, she descended to earth and broke the rules of heaven by falling in love with a mortal named, Niúláng.

Zhinü’s mother, the Goddess of Heaven, soon discovered that her daughter had married a mortal and sent an army of soldiers to retrieve her.

Alone and in despair, Niúláng carried their two young children to search for his beloved wife.

But, things took a turn for the worst when Zhinü’s mother learned of his arrival. And so, she used her divine powers to create a tremendous river of stars — the Milky Way itself — to separate the lovers on either side of the universe.

On the 7th day of the 7th lunar month, a flock of magpies (not like the ones in Australia!), after witnessing this tragic sight, decided to form a bridge over the great Milky Way so that Niúláng and Zhinü could meet once again.

Moved by the couple’s love, the Goddess of Heaven decided to allow the couple to meet on the Magpie Bridge, but only for one day each year until the end of eternity.

The End.

…now, I know this ending probably isn’t the one that most of us would’ve hoped for.

But that’s because, for millions of Chinese people, this ancient love story was never really about celebrating Niúláng and Zhinü’s happily ever after.

Edit: Instead, it’s about overcoming great struggles and the power of true love (even if it means seeing your lover once each year). For Chinese people, this type of love is a testament of true love and devotion that’s worth celebrating / Random thought: When moments are fleeting with your significant other, it’s often what occurs in the moment of absence, that really is a testament of your love and devotion to one another.

And for those who are in long-distance relationships themselves, you may find that this story is close to your heart. That’s why Chinese Valentine’s Day is really for you.

The day to celebrate […] special love with your sweetheart in China
show each other how much you care / in hope and anticipation leading up to Niulang and Zhinu’s reunion, that you will be reunited again soon.

When is Chinese Valentine’s Day?

Mark your calendars because this year, Chinese Valentine’s Day falls on Saturday, August 14! In 2022, Qixi Festival will fall on August 4. In 2023, it will be celebrated on August 11.

How is Chinese Valentine’s Day Celebrated in China?

In days gone by, Qixi Festival was an occasion for females to prove the skills necessary for marriage. Nowadays, the holiday has followed Western Valentine’s Day traditions for couples to buy gifts, flowers, and chocolates to show your loved ones how much you care.

So to help you make ___________ we’ve shortlisted a few romantic gift ideas so show your love from afar and give her a happy Chinese Valentine’s Day to remember!

Romantic Chinese Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for 2021

Self Care Gift Box

Let her feel that you’re close by with a sweet scent from home

Ecoya Guava & Lychee Sorbet Mini Diffuser 50mL

A scent of home

Let her feel that you’re close by with a sweet scent from home

Ecoya Guava & Lychee Sorbet Mini Diffuser 50mL

A scent of home

Let her feel that you’re close by with a sweet scent from home

Medium bouquet of 19 red roses and purple 'forget-me-not' flowers presented in an elegant gift box

19 Red Roses

In Chinese, 19 (shí jiǔ) sound like 永久 (yǒng jiǔ) which means, everlasting. So by giving 19 Red Roses to your sweetheart in China, it shows her that your love is forever even when you’re not there.

Find this Sweetheart Rose Bouquet, along with more roses, in our China Flower Delivery section.

Romantic Chinese Valentine’s Day Messages & Card Greetings


Dear Qixi Festival is here, I wish you happy forever, I love you!


Sweetheart, today is Chinese Valentine’s Day. So, from far away, I’m sending you a Qixi Valentine’s kiss!


Today, I’ll wait for you on the Magpie Bridge. Will you think of me from the other side? Perhaps let’s just stay together forever on this bridge…


Sweetheart, Qixi Festival is here. In this life, my only wish is to understand you. To love you gently. To love you passionately.


Qixi Festival is here, and although we’re apart right now, it doesn’t mean that we’re actually apart. If our love is to last as long (as it will), I’m not afraid to be apart with you temporarily. In the days to come, I promise to love you even more. So as I’m not by your side right now during the Qixi Festival, I still want you to be happy regardless.

For more authentic Chinese this Chinese Valentine’s Day, you can click this link here: 23 Chinese Valentine’s Day Messages & Card Greetings.

Conclusion [Will Edit Later]

There we have it! Our list of the 7 most romantic rose numbers that you can send to your Chinese girlfriend right now. Let us know which one was your favourite by leaving us a comment below!

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