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Chinese New Year Temple Fairs in Beijing January 2020

13-Dec-2019
 
Experience the traditional Spring Festival at temple fairs in Beijing
During the Chinese Spring Festival holiday period, one of the biggest celebrations in Beijing are the temple fairs. For Beijingers, this is also the leading custom and a traditional activity during the first week of the first lunar month. Temple fairs are a blend of both history and society. Nowadays, they do more of a traditional folk twist rather than a religious practice. They bring together tourism, amusement, food, and shopping, spiced up with ethnic traditions.
 
1. Changdian Temple Fair
Located just south of Tian’anmen Square, Changdian Temple Fair is one of the eminent fairs in the city. It's got the essential mix of food, vendors, and performances to give you the authentic fair experience. There you'll find all kinds of stands selling art, calligraphy, tea, and other goods, while food vendors push carts through the crowds selling numerous local favorites.

Go for: buying art, tea, ornaments, food
Admission: 10 yuan
Open: 9am–4pm, January 25 – 29, 2020
Address: Liulichang Street, Xuanwu District

Getting there: Take subway line 2 to Hepingmen Station.
For visitors who want to have an authentic northern Chinese festival experience, the Changdian Temple Fair is a vibrant, energetic celebration that welcomes Chinese and foreigners alike.
 
2. Dongyue Temple Fair
Dongyue Temple Fair had started as early as the Yuan Dynasty (1206 – 1368). The culture of "Fu" has been the essence of this fair. Many activities are centered on the "Fu" culture. Visitors can pray for good fortune at the altar, walk on the "Fu" road, or hang a "Fu" card to invite "Fu" for the coming year. Colorful folk performances, artwork displays, and snacks are also available.

Go for: The exhibition of "Fu (? Good Fortune)" culture
Happiness is celebrated at the Dongyue Temple Fair, one of the oldest temple fairs in Beijing.
Temple Fair Activities

Getting there: Converted to a folk customs museum in 1995, Dongyue Temple is located at 141 Chaoyangmenwai Avenue, Chaoyang District, a short walk from the Chaoyangmen subway stop on Line 2.
 
3. Five Wealth Gods Temple Fair
At Wuxiancaishen Temple Fair, five brothers are deified as gods of wealth for their success hunting and prosperity.

Go here for: Ancestor worship activities and local Beijing snacks.
At Wuxiancaishen Temple ('Five Prominent Wealth Gods Temple') there are five gods of wealth enshrined and worshiped. It is an important activity for many old natives of Beijing to come to the temple to pray every year from the second day to the sixth day of the first lunar month.

Activities
Address: Southwest of Liuli Bridge, outside Guang'anmen, Xicheng District

Transportation: Take bus 6, 38, 42, 46, 57, 109, 122, 201, 687, 340, 410, 477, 613, 620, 650, 691, or 715 to Guang'anmen, and then walk about 500 meters.
 
4. Baiyun Temple Fair
Baiyun Temple Fair has an enduring popularity with locals who come here to throw coins at a stone monkey and a bell to invoke a blessing.

Go there for: folk customs, local snacks, folk handicrafts, and a painting exhibition Visitors can attend many folk activities, enjoy the local snacks, purchase folk handicrafts and appreciate exhibitions of paintings. It attracts millions of visitors from all corners of the world each time.
Initially serving as an important fair for the Taoists, Baiyun Temple Fair is now celebrated by the locals, whose highlights include the following activities:

Meeting the Immortal
The legend went that the highly-learned Taoist Qiu Chuji (a legendary figure in Taoism) would descend to earth and release people with an affinity from suffering on the 19th of the first lunar month each year. As a result, pilgrims from all corners of the world vie with one another to pay a visit to the temple to pray for good luck and fortune, and they call it Meeting the Immortal.

Throwing Coins through a Hole
There's a wood coin of one foot in diameter hanging at the entrance of Han Cave inside the Mountain Gate, which is painted golden with a bronze ring in the center. The visitors are encouraged to throw coins at the ring, and those who hit it are considered to be lucky in the coming year.

Touching the Stone Monkey
Walking through the arched mountain gate, visitors will see a stone monkey before their eyes. It's said that those who touch it will avoid illness and evil spirits in the coming year.

Praying for Babies
Yuanjun Hall is an ideal place for infertile women to pray for babies from the Lady Queen Mother, and those who pray sincerely will have a baby in the coming year, according to the traditional belief of Taoism.

Travel Essentials

Open: February 16 to February 24, 2018 (1st to 9th of the first Chinese lunar month)
Address: 9 Baiyun Temple Street, Baiyun Road, Xicheng District.
How to get there: Take bus 26, 45, 80, 319 or 717 to Baiyun Temple Station, and walk about 180 meters.
Or take bus 9, 26, 40, 47, 54, 80, 213, 661, 662, 673, or 741 to the West Station of Tianning Temple Bridge, and walk about 200 meters.
 
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