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Attend temple fairs to celebrate the Spring Festival

By Linting Hou

January 4

If you want to spend the Spring Festival in Beijing, temple fairs are perfect places to get into the festive spirit.

If you want to spend the Spring Festival in Beijing, temple fairs are perfect places to get into the festive spirit.

Temple fairs have a history of more than 2000 years in China. In ancient times, they were based around sacrifices. They have since become events for watching performances and doing business. Temple fairs are a traditional custom in Beijing during the Spring Festival and Lantern Festival. Here are three that we recommend.

1. Ditan Temple Fair

Ditan Temple Fair
Ditan Temple Fair [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Wang Qiong]
The Ditan Temple Fair started in 1985. It’s open from Chinese New Year’s Eve to the seventh day of the first lunar month. This Chinese carnival is famous for various shows of Chinese intangible cultural heritages and mock sacrificial ceremonies. At the fair, folk artists show crafts like paper cutting, shadow play, and dough figurines, all great as souvenirs. There is also a performance of a Qing Dynasty prayer. It starts at 10:00 am on the fair’s opening day.

Entry: 10 yuan/person

Opening hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

2. Badachu Temple Fair

Badachu Temple Fair
Badachu Temple Fair [Image Credit: VCG]
Badachu Temple Fair, boasting a royal parade performance and traditional Chinese performances, can take you back to the Qing Dynasty. During the royal parade, you can see the grand royal blessing ritual and even take a picture with the “emperor” or “queen.” Traditional Chinese performances here include Huahui, a special parade characterized by colorful clothes and make-up, and distinctive shows of peddling goods by chanting. All the actors and actresses wear Qing-style clothes. This temple fair is open from the Chinese New Year’s Eve to the sixth day of the first lunar month.

Entry: 10 yuan/person

Opening hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

3. Chaoyang Park Temple Fair

Chaoyang Park Temple Fair
Chaoyang Park Temple Fair [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Ma Yuming]
Chaoyang Park Temple Fair features rich international elements. At the fair, you can enjoy authentic performances from Britain, Russia, and America. Various traditional Chinese snacks and exotic foods can satisfy your appetite. Besides, Chaoyang Park also has a ski slope, where you can ski, skate, descend an ice slide or drive a snowmobile.

Entry: 5 yuan/person

Opening hours: 08:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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