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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.

Longtan Lake Park Temple Fair

Sunday, January 30th, 2011
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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


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.