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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.

 

 

2012 Longtan Temple Fair

Friday, January 27th, 2012
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Longtan Temple Fair has been my favorite. The reason for my affection is many-fold, including its short distance to my residential area, it spacious area since the temple fair is located in Longtan Lake Park and its richness in offering various festival activities.
 
Longtan Temple Fair has entered its 29th year since it was first held in 1983. From last year, it added Ice and Snow activities for the temple fair, which had its official name “The First Longtan Park Winter Carnival” . Part of the Longtan Lake was turned into an ice and snow playground just behind the north gate of Longtan Lake Park. This year the Second Longtan Park Winter Carnival is held together with Longtan Temple Fair.
 
The 2012 (29th ) Longtan Temple Fair has little change in comparison with the temple fair held in 2011. Its main activities include new year product shopping, games playing, eating local snacks and amusement for kids.
 
For many temple fair goers,  each year any temple fair comes to them without little surprises and or freshness. So why come to a temple fair again  year on year? It is the atmosphere, it is the huge hordes of people that attract people to come to a temple fair. Here, you feel the new year, here you touch the new year, here you expect some hope for future.
 
Now we buy online, we eat online, we talk online, we write each other online, we do business online and the list can be much longer. But we are human beings and we need real world network, not just virtual interaction. Under the background of internet era, we need something like a temple fair to remind us that we are human beings.
 
Follow me to the 29th Longtan Temple Fair to celebrate the new year 2012.
 
Follow the happy kid to the temple fair 

Follow the happy kid to the temple fair

 
The huge Chinese character “福” sign wishing everybody happy and healthy in the new year. 

The huge Chinese character 福 sign wishing everybody happy and healthy

 
So many people and you have to move with the people flow 

So many people and you have to move with the people flow

 
Kids like to enjoy a pirate ship

Kids like to enjoy a pirate ship

 
Balloon Dart game 

balloon Dart game

Intoxicated 

Intoxicated

Have a cup of tea from a huge copper tea pot 

Have a cup of tea from a huge copper tea pot

Xinjiang Uyghur Kebabs 

Xinjiang Uyghur Kebabs

Do you dare to try? Fired Scorpions! 

Fired Scorpions!

Have a bit

Have a bit

 
Sugar coasted haws and res lanterns 

Sugar coasted haws and res lanterns

A foreigner with a dragon hat is lost in the sea of people

A foreigner with a dragon hat drops is lost in the sea of people

 
The Ice and Snow in Longtan Temple Fair

The Ice and Snow in Longtan Temple Fair

Panjiayuan Temple Fair

Thursday, January 26th, 2012
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If you are an antique lover traveling Beijing during spring festival, then you should not miss Panjiayuan Temple Fair. Panjiayuan Temple Fair has its own official name called “Panjiayuan Spring Festival Fair”. This year 2012 is the 4th Panjiayuan Spring Festival Fair.
 
Panjiayuan Temple Fair is located in the west part of Panjianyuan Market ( Panjiayuan Flea, Antique or Dirt Market). Panjiayuan Market‘s east part is still open to vendors and shoppers.
 
Open hours for Panjiayuan Temple Fair
9:00am – 5:00pm
Jan 21 – 29, 2012
 
Open hours for Panjiayuan Market
Monday – Friday 08:30am – 6:00pm
Saterday – Sunday 4:30am – 6:00pm
 
 
The 4th Panjiayuan Spring Festival Fair
This year’s Panjiayuan Temple Fair is mainly composed of one performance stage, snacks stalls, antiques and handicrafts booths and amusement for kids. What makes this year fair special is that there is an Amber Exhibittion sponsored by Polish government during the fair.
 
The center of the fair is the stage on which trandtional Beijing cultural performances are on show. People are gathering around the stage enjoying the performance and feeling the festival of the new year.
 

People are gathering around the stage enjoying the performance

 
For many temple fair goers, tasting the local snacks is one of their highlights. One row of over a dozen of food stalls are orderly arranged in the special zone in the fair. Beef pies, Lamb kebabs, Stuffed Sausage, Steamed buns with fillings, Sugar Coated haws on a stick…
 
A beauty kebabs vendor  

A beauty kebabs vendor

 
Making of beef pies

Making of beef pies

 
Kids will not be disappointed since there several amusement facilities in the fair.  

Kids will not be disappointed since there several amusement facilities in the fair.

 
Panjiayuan Temple Fair still keeps its characteristics of being a platform of trading for antiques and handicrafts. In the fair there are four rows of makeshift stalls selling various staffs – amber, jade, pearls, coral, turquoise
 

four rows of makeshift stalls

 
 
Panjiayuan Temple Fair still keeps its characteristics of being a platform of trading antiques and handicrafts. 

Panjiayuan Temple Fair still keeps its characteristics of being a platform of trading antiques and handicrafts.

 
 
Panjiayuan Flea Market
Of course, if you really want to hunt for the bargains you like, you should go to the east part of the market where hundreds of vendors are waiting for you, selling Jewelry such as amber, jade, pearls, coral, turquoise; Cultural Revolution-era items; Buddhist statuary; Porcelain & ceramics and Chinese paintings and calligraphy objects.
 
 
amber, jade, pearls, coral, turquoise 

 
Buddhist statuary

Buddhist statuary

 
calligraphy objects. 

calligraphy objects.

 
Chinese paintings 

Chinese paintings

  
New Year Wishes 

New Year Wishes

 
Panjiayuan Market is festively decorated

Panjiayuan Market is festively decorated

amber, jade, pearls, coral, turquoise

Precious Stones

Precious Stones