In China, there are social gatherings to celebrate all things related to the rich Asian cultural heritage to which the country is home. It is no wonder, then, that China witnesses a spectacle with the temple fairs it hosts.
A temple fair is a special social gathering in China. Legend has it that it originated centuries ago, when people offered sacrifices to village deities to appease and worship them. Originally, the ritual’s location was meant for worship only. Today, it is also a marketplace for people to exchange products and stage wonderful cultural performances.
Beijing’s temple fairs demonstrates colourful traditions and customs. There are traditional performances including lion dance shows, banner shows, talk shows and Kung Fu Shows to enthrall audiences. Booths selling local snacks, traditional arts and crafts are also kept open for long.
We present to you the most popular temple fairs in Beijing:
The Changdian Temple Fair is Beijing’s oldest and best-known temple fair. It is everything that a temple fair should be. Traditional, steeped in rich culture, with a touch of modernity. There are plenty of goods to tempt you, too – paintings, calligraphic works, antiques, children’s toys, crafts and local snacks.
Ditan Park Fair is one of the biggest temple fairs in Beijing. Activities and events during the fair include a variety of performances, and hundreds of stalls and booths line the venue, selling local snacks, handicrafts, and antiques. 200 excellent performances are staged every year.
This fair highlights taekwondo, and various folk performances and folk arts. It is also the best choice for sampling a variety of local snacks sold by vendors such as candied fruits on sticks, grilled meat skewers, bao (steamed buns). You can find a street full of traditional snack shops here. A photo exhibition is also held to review the temple fair’s history.
Located close to the Beijing West Railway Station, the Lotus Pond (Lianhuachi) Park is regarded as the birthplace of the city of Beijing, with a history of 3,000 years. This temple fair is quite traditional, with more than 100 events going on to make the park an ideal place to enjoy Chinese folk arts and food.
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