"Temple Fair at Chinese New Year" Top 5 Page for this destination Beijing Shi Local Custom Tip by sugarpuff

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  Crowds galore!
by sugarpuff

There are many Temple Fairs in Beijing for the two weeks before Chinese New Year runing through to a week after. They finish in Beijing this year on 28th..so youve still got two days to make it there!!!!

We chose Ditan Park as it is the biggest, I had been there two years previously and it is right across the road from the Lama Temple that we had started in! If you dont really know which direction to walk in, just follow the huge crowds!

If you get there early there are various displays by dragon dancers, singers, people getting dressed up as former Emperors and it really is spectacular.....we unfortunately got there too late! Ooopppsss!

Anyway, when you get there , there's no real path to follow so just wander around and you'll get to the Fair area.This consists of many stalls selling just about everything you could possibly want, ranging from Chinese New Year good luck charms, to musical instruments, to rabbits in small cages, to various snacks and drinks! And if you can stand looking at the repetition of all the stalls (hundreds of them!), you move onto the next 'stage' which is fair games! Shooting the balloons, walking through a maze, go-carts, bumper cars..all the usual games.

Its a really great day out, just a shame about the cold temperatures, as it means you cant stay there for as long as you may want to. Its fun for all no matter your age and a good experience for those who's first time it is.

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  • Updated Jan 25, 2004
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