Tan Hou and the Double Sixth Festival

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The story behind the Double Sixth Festival, a day of celebration among the Tujia people of China.


When Tan Hou is born with three dragon marks on his body, his parents know he is special. But the dragon is the emperor’s symbol. The emperor’s men come looking for Tan Hou, but he is determined to honour his parents and stand up for his people.


The original text by Wu Chaozhu and Xiang Hua has been adeptly adapted and translated from Chinese by award-winning translator Helen Wang.


Illustrations by Cai Gao, who in 2000 was named as China’s most outstanding artist, has provided atmospheric, colourful and expressive watercolour artwork.

Tan Hou and the Double Sixth Festival

  • Publisher: Balestier Press

    Format: Paperback

    Text: English

    Number of Pages: 40

    Trim Size: 21.6 x 21.6cm

  • Helen Wang is an English sinologist and award-winning translator. She works as curator of East Asian Money at the British Museum in London. She has published a number of literary translations from Chinese.

    In September 2016, she started a new project Chinese books for young readers, with Anna Gustafsson Chen and Minjie Chen. She won the 2017 Marsh Award for Literature in Translation for her translation of Bronze and Sunflower by Cao Wenxuan. In 2017 she was awarded the Chen Bochui "Special Contribution" Award, for her translations and increasing visibility of Chinese children's books.

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