The Dragon Boat Festival falls on June 23 this year (2012). Most people in China will enjoy a three-day holiday, lasting from June 22 to June 24. Check out how Chinese people celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival.
There is an adjustment in the Dragon Boat Festival holiday. June 23 (Dragon Boat Festival) is a statutory holiday, but this falls on a Saturday, so the Saturday is transferred to Friday (June 22). In 2012, three days of public holiday is allowed, consisting of a statutory holiday (June 23), a Sunday (June 24) and an adjusted Saturday (June 22).
Many places in China will hold dragon boat races on the day of Dragon Boat Festival. There are also several dragon boat races in Beijing during the festival period, especially on June 23. You can go to Xiadu Park (夏都公园) in Yanqing (延庆, a suburban district of Beijing) to celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival with the locals, by watching the dragon boat races, appreciating lanterns, and learning how to make zongzi (粽子, glutinous rice dumpling, a kind of traditional Chinese food especially eaten in the festival).