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Beijing's Temple Fair Information 2006
2006-01-27 11:09:37

The "temple fair" (Miao Hui) began as groups of vendors who did business near temples when many pilgrims came to pay tribute to the gods during traditional festivals. The practice grew, gradually turning into a regular event. Now temple fairs are an important and joyful destination for Chinese people during festivals, most especially the Spring Festival, or Chinese New Year.

The temple fairs in Beijing date back to around 1000 AD, when they were called "Spring Outings", steadily booming throughout the following three dynasties of the Yuan, Ming and Qing emperors. Nowadays, going to temple fairs has become a Spring Festival routine for residents in Beijing. This year, nine local temple fairs will add more joy to your holidays.

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Ditan Park Fair

One of the city's busiest temple fairs since 1985. Ditan Park is the site of the altar where sacrifices were formerly offered to the earth god. This year's fair will climax with a performance reenactment of a Qing Dynasty sacrificial ceremony.

Location: 100 meters north of the Lama Temple or Lama Temple Subway Station.
To get there: Yonghegong (Lama Temple) subway, bus 13, 116 and 62 for the south gate; trolley bus 104, 108, or bus 27, 358, 119, 407, 328, 803 or 912 for the west gate. Also accessible from Andingmen subway station.
Fair time: January 28th to February 4th.
Admission: 8 yuan (about 1 USD).

Baiyunguan Temple Fair

This is the grandest temple fair of west downtown. Baiyunguan is a Taoist temple that is more than 1,000 years old and now hosts the only fair actually held within a temple.

Location: Xibianmenwai, Xicheng District.
To get there: Take bus routes 320 or 414 to Baiyunguan Station or 114, 308 or 937 to Baiyunlu.
Fair time: January 29th to February 3rd.
Admission: 10 yuan (about 1.25 USD)

Changdian Temple Fair

The Changdian Temple Fair is often a favorite outing for Beijing residents during the Lunar New Year. It is a particular draw for people to buy and sell paintings and calligraphic works, antiques, articles for daily use, children's toys, food products and seasonal fruit and vegetables. In addition, acrobatics, magic shows and opera are all provided for entertainment. This temple fair is popular among foreigners.

Location: Liulichang Jie, Xuanwu District.
Fair time: January 29th to February 3rd.
Admission: Free.

Longtanhu Temple Fair

Fair events here are very similar to those in Ditan. There will be various interactive competitions inviting visitors to join in arm-wrestling, rock climbing and chess playing. This year's temple fair in Longtanhu will also be highlighted by the "2008 Beijing Olympics" theme.

At the same time, the "2006 Spring Festival Carnival" will be held in nearby Beijing Amusement Park. Expect it to be similar to the World Carnival but without the entrance fee.

Location: Zuoanmennei Dajie, Chongwen District.
To get there: Bus routes 807, 12, 6, 60 or 116 take you to the park.
Fair time: January 28th to February 4th.
Admission: 6 yuan (about 0.75 USD).

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