Archive for the ‘Chinese New Year’ Category

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

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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.

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 Longtan Temple Fair to celebrate the new year。

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.
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

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


Top Things to Do in Beijing in the Winter

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.

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 Exhibition sponsored by Polish government during the fair.

The center of the fair is the stage on which tranditional 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. 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. 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

Precious Stones

Precious Stones

Any questions, just drop a line.