Longtan Lake Park Temple Fair

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Going to a temple fair is still an important part of Spring Festival celebration in Beijing. The temple fair inside Longtan Lake Park is one of my favorite ones. Longtan Lake Park is about 1km east of Temple of Heaven, 4 km southeast of Tiananmen Square in Chongwen, Dongcheng District. It is a large park with a big lake inside with beautiful views.

As a temple fair in Beijing, Longtan Lake Park Temple Fair has many items – a myriad of special local food and snacks, plentiful products of arts and crafts, a number of interesting games. Of course, this year an ice and snow festival is being held during the Spring Festival.

Before the beautiful Longtan Lake Park becomes a bustling, chaotic temple fair packed with people and activities during the Spring Festival, this morning I went to the park for a look at the temple fair up front. A long string of makeshift stalls erected along main roads in the park, which are divided into major three parts – Souvenir stalls, food vendors and recreation places for the games.

If you are going to visit Longtan Lake Park Temple Fair and The First Longtan Park Winter Carnival , please check out the following latest information:

 Longtan Lake Park Temple Fair (届龙潭庙会)

Period: Spring Festival
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

Ice and Snow: The First Longtan Park Winter Carnival (龙潭(国际)冰雪文化嘉年华)

Period: Winter Season
Opening Hours: 9:30am – 9:00pm
Entrance Fee: RMB 50
Non-Spring Festival: RMB 20 (weekday), RMB 30 (weekend)
Snow Tubing: RMB 100/hour (deposit RMB 300)
Snow Sledge: RMB30/hour (deposite RMB 200)
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
Note: Since the ice and snow site is inside the park, you have to first buy the park entrance ticket.

Just outside the north gate of Longtan Lake Park

Inside the gate, I saw a huge standing statue of Tuye (Grandpa Rabbit -兔爷 ), a mythical symbol of healing and protection for Beijing with a backdrop of hundreds of a Chinese character – FU, meaning auspiciousness.

A close look at the Chinese character – FU

The main roads along the lake inside the park, have been colorfully decorated with numerous lanterns.

Empty arts and crafts stalls are ready for the coming spring festival.

empty food stalls are eager to be filled with stuff and receive holiday makers.

A game area for the temple fair in the park

A lake turned ice and snow playground just behind the north gate of Longtan Lake Park – the site of the first Ice & Snow Festival

Snow Tubing Trails

Play tubing

Snow sledge

Sheep sled rides

Poor Rabbits on the snow!

Several food vendors selling local snacks

A souvenir stall, selling snow spades

Play snow with a snow spade

 

Tip : Hassle-free Beijing Guided Winter 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 in winter:Mutianyu Great Wall + Beijing Huaibei International Ski Resort Day Tour  from US$79 p/p
Beijing Winter Downtown Day Tour  from US$65 p/p
Beijing Nanshan Ski Day Tour  from US$89 p/p
Beijing 4 Day Winter Tour Package  from US$275 p/p
Beijing 5 Day Winter Tour Package  from US$369 p/p

Further Readings


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