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What to see and do at the temple fairs in Beijing

Sunday, November 18th, 2018
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As a foreign visitor, if you are in Beijing during the Spring Festival (Chinese lunar new year),  visiting a temple fair is definitely a good choice to experience the traditional  Beijing custom and Chinese culture.

Like elsewhere in the world, temple fairs (Miao Hui) originated and developed as groups of vendors did business near temples when many pilgrims came to pay tribute to the gods during traditional festivals.

Now there are over 10 major temple fairs held each year in Beijing during Chinese new year. Most of them are in the parks, wide streets and other non-temple areas.

Though some commercialization is greatly reinventing the essence of the Beijing’temple fairs, and old Beijing culture is becoming a smaller part of the fairs, going to a temple fair is still one of the opportunities to know something about our Spring Festival traditions, why we do, what we do, and how Chinese culture makes us Chinese.

If you want to know what to see and do in a temple fair in Beijing during Chinese new year, then please follow me to the Longtanhu Temple Fair. Each temple fair has its own unique features, but much of the content is similar: four parts – Eating, Buying, Playing and Family Outing.

Eating at a temple fair
Each temple fair in Beijing will put on “Eating Olympic Games”. Longtanhu Temple fair is no exception. In addition, it does the best among all the temple fairs in terms of offering numerous kinds of Beijing traditional snacks and food.

The connected food booths selling various kinds of local food as well from elsewhere in China.

 

A huge crowd of eaters

 

 

Sugar Coated haws on a stick

 

Lamb kebab sticks

 

Fried cake

 

Chatang – Miancha – Youcha

Wheaten cake boiled in meat broth

Steamed buns with fillings

She sells “scaring” snacks – scorpion, centipede,silkworm and a grasshopper!

Stuffed Sausage – Ingredient – wheat flour, cloves, nutmeg, garlic sauce, starch, tofu pulp

 

Fried Scentipede!!


Shopping at a temple fair
Most people go to a temple fair in Beijing to buy gifts or crafts for the new year celebrations. Many goods sold in the temple fair have typical northern features, such as toys like diabolo, pin wheel, knife, spear, sword and halberd…

A long string of booths selling numerous kinds of Beijing gifts and crafts

 

Selling pinwheels

Selling plasticine

 

Entertaining and playing at a temple fair
Family members, especially the kids are excited to play various games offered in temple fairs and watch folk performances.

Catch the bottleneck with a loop and get prize

 

Catch a toy with a loop and get it

 

Put the ball into the rim and get a toy

 

Fish what you want

 

Acrobatics Show on the stage

 

 

On a forest train

 

 

More activities for kids

 

Entertainment area for kids

Family Outing

Going to a temple fair is also family outing, a pleasant break from the non-stop eating and family events that characterize much of the holiday.

A temple fair through a baby carrier

A new world seen on Dad’s shoulders

I’m taller.

A family outing

A family outing 2

Double enjoyment

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06611Tip:  Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Beijing:

Beijing Highlight Day Tour from US$59 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Mutianyu Great Wall)
Beijing Classic City Tour from US$65 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Temple of Heaven + Summer Palace)
Beijing Excursion Tour from US$59 P/P
(Mutianyu Great Wall + Ming Tomb)
Beijing Hutong Highlight Tour from US$59 P/P
( Hutong + Rickshaw)

Mutianyu Great Wall Half Day Tour from US$55 p/p
Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour from US$69 p/p

Mutianyu Great Wall Layover Tour from US$65 p/p
Beijing Highlight Layover Tour from US$75 p/p

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

Any questions, just drop a line.

How to Spend Spring Festival in Beijing

Thursday, February 15th, 2018
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When planning Beijing tour during Spring Festival or Chinese Lunar New Year, many first-time visitors would ask the same question “How to spend Spring Festival in Beijing 2018?”.

Spring Festival or Chinese lunar new year 2018 starts on Feb 16,2018, the start of the Year of Dog according to the Chinese zodiac.

The official 3-day Spring Festival holiday plus 2 connected weekends make 7 consecutive days off from Feb 15 to 21, 2018. 

There are many choices to celebrate the new year in Beijing. Different people have different tastes in terms of sightseeing, events, shopping, entertaining,etc.

You may check out my personal suggestions for spending Spring Festival in Beijing as follows:

1. How to spend Chinese lunar new year’s eve in Beijing ( Feb 15,2018)

1) Participate in the new year activities at your hotel, such as making dumpplings…
2) Find a comfortable bar to kill your time during the new year’ eve
3  Spend Chinese new year’s eve with a local family
4) Stay up for the TV gala
5) Purchase some fireworks or firecrackers at the local outlets

6) When new year comes, go out for viewing the fireworks and join in them

2. Beijing Temple Fairs

Visiting one or two temple fairs is a must for spending Spring Festival in Beijing. Though temple fairs in Beijing don’t have much change every year, people still flock there to sense and feel the new year,  which main activities include special local food and snacks, plentiful products of arts and crafts, souvenir stalls, food vendors and recreation places for the games.

At a temple fairs, you will eat local flavor, view or buy local arts and crafts and play games at a temple fairs.

Major temple fairs in Beijing

Period: Feb 15 – 21, 2018
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Entrance Fee: RMB 10 ( non-temple fair time: RMB 2 )
Children under 1.2 meter high: free
Bus lines:
North Gate: 743、822、35、41、957、750、705 get off at Guangminglou
Northwest Gate: 60、8、116、6、12、352、958 get of Beijing Amusement Park
East Gate: 122、51、T3 Get off at Beijing Tumor Hospital
Add: No.8, Longtanhulu, Chongwen, Dongcheng District, about 1km east of Temple of Heaven
Complaint Tel: 67144310, 67185980

Longtan Park Temple Fair

Ditan Park Temple Fair
Period: Feb 16 – 21, 2012
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Entrance Fee: RMB 10
Children under 1.2 meter high: free
tel: 6421-4657
Bus lines:
13, 116, 62, 44, 117, 909, 800, 807, 820, T2, 27, 104, 358, 119, 407, 328, 803, 18, 850, 113, 858, 644, 643 or Subway Line 2 at Lama Temple
www.dtpark.com
Chaoyang Park Carnival
Period: Feb 15 – 21, 2018
Entrance fee: 10 RMB
Add: 1 Chaoyang Gongyuan Nanlu, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Bus Lines:  No. 31, 117, 302, 406, 608, 703, 705, 731, 758, 750, 815, 831, 834, 8473. 

Ice Skating

There are a number of open-air ice skating rinks inside some lakes in Beijing. Shichahai Lake and Kunming Lake in Summer Palace are two of the most important outdoor ice skating rinks for many local skaters.

There are a few top indoor ice skating Rinks such New World Champion Skating Rink, all Star Ice Rink, New World Champion Skating Rink and more.

Ice Skating on Shichahai Lake

A nice soak in one of Beijing’s many hot springs is an excellent way to the perfect place to wash off the dirt and relax your body. There are three popular hot spring resorts around Beijing: Chunhuiyuan Hot Spring Resort, Jiuhua Spa & Resort and Huaxia Hot Spring.

Chunhuiyuan Hot Spring Resort and Jiuhua Spa & Resort Actually have the same springhead – Xiaotangshan hot spring. Xiaotangshan has been famous for its hot springs for over 300 years. Local legend has it that the imperial family of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) went there to relax.

5. Snow Skiing

Skiing has become increasingly popular with Chinese. There are over 10 ski resorts around Beijing which are suitable for both beginners and advanced skiers.

To meet the various needs from customers, most of the the Beijing ski resorts offers snow related activities such as stimulative Motorcycle on snow land, snow flying disk, romantic sleigh drawn by dogs or houses, Ice garden, and Snow garden.

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Escorted Beijing tour in Winter
Don’t want to go the do-it-yourself tour? No worries, here are some options for guided tours to Beijing for your winter trip.

Beijing Winter Tour .

Tip:  Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Beijing:

Beijing Highlight Day Tour from US$59 P/P

(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Mutianyu Great Wall)
Beijing Classic City Tour from US$65 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Temple of Heaven + Summer Palace)
Beijing Excursion Tour from US$59 P/P
(Mutianyu Great Wall + Ming Tomb)
Beijing Hutong Highlight Tour from US$59 P/P 
( Hutong + Rickshaw)

Mutianyu Great Wall Half Day Tour from US$55 p/p
Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour from US$69 p/p

Mutianyu Great Wall Layover Tour from US$65 p/p
Beijing Highlight Layover Tour from US$75 p/p

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

Any questions, just drop a line.

Preparing Christmas and New Year Decorations in China

Saturday, December 21st, 2013
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Both Christmas and Chinese New Year are around the corner,  people are now preparing for festival home decorations.  The Christmas celebration is getting more popularity in China, especially among young people. Bring home a Christmas tree, coupled with numerous tree ornaments – Baby Jesus, Father Christmas or Santa, the star of Bethlehem, snow white, heart red,  gold and, silver and any other metallic colour.  The main winter icons also include snowflakes, snowmen, icicles and more.

2014 is a horse year for Chinese. Horse toys  are in great demand for home decorations.  The dominating color is red and you have red lanterns, red papercut posters, red good luck hanging, red Chinese knots, red New Year Greeting Couplets, red Chinese Kitchen God, Chinese firecrackers decor and etc.

I’m impressed by the quality and quantity of the festival decoratiions sold by the vendors along the Yide Road in the city of Guangzhou. If you are going to Guangzhou tour, don’t miss to stroll along Yide Road (一德路).  You will be definitely surprised at the rich collections of these traditional Chinese new year decorations.

Just follow me to have a glimpse of the great variety of decorations on Yide Road.

Buried in the red sea of Chinese new year decorations

Buried in the red sea of Chinese new year decorations

Buried in the red sea of Chinese new year decorations

Take a Santa Claus home

Take a Santa Claus home

Take a Santa Claus home

Choosing a Chinese knot for good luck

Choosing a Chinese knot for good luck

Choosing a Chinese knot for good luck

One store for all Christmas decorations

One store for all Christmas decorations

One store for all Christmas decorations

 

Paper cuts posters

Paper cuts posters

Firecrackers hangings and new year couplets

Firecrackers hangings and new year couplets

Firecrackers hangings and new year couplets

Red hearts,red stars and icicles

Red hearts,red stars and icicles

Red hearts,red stars and icicles

 

 

Christmas meets Chinese new year

Christmas meets Chinese new year

Any questions, just drop a line.