I have heard that temple fair is one of the most important celebration activities during the Spring Festival before I went to China. My travel guide has told me that this traditional cultural event integrates religious worship and entertainment, and features almost all kinds of Chinese folk art. It has a long history, and the origin can be traced back to the Liao Dynasty (907 – 1125). As the fairs are held at various ancient temples regularly or during festivals, they are called “temple fairs”.
Visiting a temple fair is definitely a cultural experience for me in China. I have enjoyed the folk performances in temple fair like dragon and lion dances, demonstration of traditional arts and crafts, and fun games are all part and parcel of temple fairs. I also tasted lots of Beijing snacks, court dishes and delicacies.
Temple of the Earth Temple Fair
Location: Temple of the Earth Park, East Avenue, Anding Gate, Dongcheng District.
Details: Temple of the Earth Temple Fair is one of the most popular and long-standing fairs in Beijing. About one million people visit it each year during the Spring Festival. Besides the ceremonies, there are a wide range of folk performances and activities, such as puppet shows, traditional art exhibitions, dragon and lion dances, and acrobatic shows.
Longtan Temple Fair
Location: Longtan Park, 8 Longtan Rd. Chongwen District.
Details: Longtan Temple Fair is also one of the most popular o ones of its kind in Beijing. The activities here are very similar to those in Ditan Temple Fair. Various interactive games and competitions invite you to join in, such as table tennis, diabolo (Chinese Yoyo) spinning and arm wrestling. Folk performances and local snacks also abound at the fair.
Dongyue Temple Fair
Location: Dongyue Temple, 141 Chaowai Avenue, Chaoyang District.
Details: Dongyue Temple Fair had started as early as the Yuan Dynasty (1206 – 1368). The culture of “Fu” has been the essence of this fair. Many activities are centered on the “Fu” culture. Visitors can pray for food fortune at the altar, walk on the “Fu” road, or hang a “Fu” card to invite Fu” for the coming year. Colorful folk performances, artwork displays, and snacks are also available.
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