Temple fair is one of the most important celebration activities during the Spring Festival. This traditional cultural event integrates religious worship and entertainment, and features almost all kinds of Chinese folk art.
The Chinese New Year 2011 will take place in February 3. Temple fairs in Beijing are to open to visitors. These temple fairs are usually held from the first day to the seventh day of the first lunar month, from February 3 to February 9 this year. Admission ticket price vary from10 yuan to 30 yuan. See below some famous temple fairs
Grand View Garden (Daguanyuan ) Temple Fair
The 16th Honglou Beijing Temple Fair in Grand View Garden (Daguanyuan) evolves around the theme of Dreams in Red Mansion, a great Chinese classic novel. It vigorously promotes the development of regional holiday economy. The fair begins on Feb. 2 to 7, 2011 ( 30th of the 12th month of the year of tiger to fifth of the first month in the next year, i.e., the year of rabbit in Chinese calendar).
Ticket Price: 30 yuan RMB each person
Bus Routes: you can take one of the following buses: 122, 458, 474, 53, 59, 63, 717, 800 neiwaihuan, 939, Yuntong 102, T3 route.
Shijingshan Amusement Park Temple Fair
The fair features with foreign scenery, foreign music, foreign foods, foreign amusement activities. There are exotic float parade from five continents and 70 items of world top class performances. Meanwhile, 2010 people from around the world are invited to attend the fair, and wedding ceremonies for foreigners are held. Chinese can experience exotic scenery, customs and foods without going abroad; foreigners can feel at home in Beijing. The fair will accept the 3 millionth guest and offer this guest big prize.
Time: 9:00-17:00 Feb. 3-9, 2011
Venue: No.25, Shijingshan Road
Ticket Price: 10 yuan RMB each person
Bus Routes: Please take Route 1 subway to Bajiao Youleyuan stop or take one of the following buses: 337, 389, 620, 621, 622, 354, 385, 327, 728, 958, 959, 921, 503, 965 and 747.
Longqingxia the 25th Ice Lantern Festival
Time: Jan. 16 to Feb. 28, 2011
Venue: Guchenghekou, northwest of Gucheng village which is located 10 kilometers northeast of Yanqing county city, Beijing Municipality.
The venue of this year's Ice Lantern Art Festival consists of one ice lantern contest area and four exhibit areas: colored lanterns area, snow sculptures area, ice lanterns area and international ice lanterns area. Each area has its own distinct characteristics. Colored Lanterns area is like a sea of lanterns: big lanterns with changing lights, awe-inspiring golden tiger, dragon pillar, the fairy Chang'e, cartoon figures loved by kids: the Happy Sheep (xiyangyang) and the Grey Wolf (huitailang), the race between the bonny and the turtle, the majestic and splendid Italian pillar, the twelve animals of the Chinese Zodiac, the big palace lantern, etc. Altogether there are more than 80 groups of colored lanterns.
Architecture ice lanterns include the mock building complex along the central axis of Beijing city, the masterpieces of Chinese ancient buildings, Chang'an castle and Wanxiang Holy Palace, etc. In Longqingxia Ice Lantern Art Festival, there are altogether over 300 ice lanterns and snow sculptures on display which are almost 100 more than last year's festival.
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