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。
Have a cup of tea from a huge copper tea pot
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
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