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Longtan Temple Fair: Chinese Spring Festival in Beijing

 

Spring Festival

Workers prepare for the temple fair in Longtan Park in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 31, 2013. The 30th Longtan Spring Festival Cultural Temple Fair will be held here between Feb. 9 and Feb. 16 to greet the Spring Festival which falls on Feb. 10 this year.

Temple fair is one of the most important celebration activities during the Spring Festival in Beijing. This traditional cultural event integrates religious worship and entertainment, and features almost all kinds of Chinese folk art. Temple fairs in Beijing have a long history, and the origin can be traced back to the Liao Dynasty (907 – 1125). The fairs are held at various ancient temples regularly or during festivals, so they are called "temple fairs".

For foreigners, visiting a temple fair is definitely a cultural experience. You may enjoy the reenactment of the ceremony of worship to Earth and Heaven. Folk performances like dragon and lion dances, demonstration of traditional arts and crafts, and fun games are all part and parcel of temple fairs. You can also taste numerous Beijing snacks, court dishes and delicacies. Read more on New Year celebrations in Beijing

Location: Longtan Park, 8 Longtan Rd. Chongwen District.