Plan your Beijing trip during spring festival? Visiting a temple fair is a must. For each spring festival, I’d like to visit one temple fair to feel and touch the new year. My pick this year is to vist the temple fair inside Chaoyang Park since I’ve heard a lot about this special temple fair which claims its difference from a traditional one. It is supposed to be an Ocean People ( 洋人 foreigners ) temple fair.
Situated in the northeast of Beijing, Chaoyang Park is the largest city park in Asia. The park has four gates with its main gate in the south. So I take a taxi to the south gate of Chaoyang Park. I’m happy with my decision to take a taxi instead of driving my own car seeing the gate packed with hordes of visitors.
The gate decoration and the huge signboad by the gate tell me that this temple fair in Chaoyang Park has its trendy and exotic name “Beijing Chaoyang International Spring Carnival”. The “Carnival” of this kind started in the year 2002, so this year is the 10th Beijing Chaoyang International Spring Carnival. So it is a carnival, not a temple fair?
The carnival is valid Jan 23-28, 2012, from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Entrance fee: RMB 10. The entrance ticket sample.
The Southern Gate of Chaoyang Park festively decorated.
A huge Chinese character “Spring” in front of the gate, a photographic spot.
I spend 2 hours wandering around the park to discover the difference between Chaoyang Temple Fair (or officially named “carnival”). Beijing Chaoyang International Spring Carnival is composed of five theme parts – Foreign Performances, Foreign Stalls, Amusement, Games, and Traditional Snacks. So what differentiate from a traditional temple fair is that Chaoyang Carnival has Foreign Performances, Foreign Stalls, which turn out to be a litte bit disappointed.
Foreign singers and music bands are invited to perform during the temple fair in Chaoyang Park on two stages – Lihua Stage and Grass Stage, plus Street Art. The huge signboard by the gate shows the whole day scheduel for the performances.
The foreign singer is putting on a performance.
On another stage, actors from Russia present an interesting performance.
Actually there are very few foreign stalls. I see two, one from Bulgaria, the other from Greece. The stall from Bulgaria is organized by Embassy of Bulgaria, promoting its local red wines.
Red Wine from Bulgaria
Kids will definitely like the carnival since Chaoyang Park has a special zone allocated for amusement and recreation. The recreation zone has a wide variety of amusement facilities as well as a small lake for skating or playing on ice.
Having a panoramic view of Beijing city by taking a parachute.
Kids excited with Worm Tackle
Temple fair have become part of daily life during spring festival. In each temple fair, various games are not to be missed. In Chaoyang Park this year, a bunch of games are there for visitors to choose.
Hook a neck of a beer glass and you get a gift
Pick a gold ingot
Shoot a basketball
Shoot a bow
Traditional Beijing snacks
The magnet of a temple fair is the various kinds of Beijing local snacks available for people to enjoy. Rows of food stalls are scattered neatly in the park.
Mass eating in front of various traditional snack stalls
Twist Potato from South Korea
More interesting photos from Chaoyang Temple Fair
The road is packed with visitors and lined up with games stalls
A huge bow
A sky of kites
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