Famous Temple Fairs in Beijing

Conventional Beijing temple fair is a type of folk activity along with Beijing leisure culture. The history of temple fairs goes way back the Tang and Song Dynasties, when Buddhists and Taoists competed with each other to recruit followers and to spread their doctrines. The temple fair held in a regular date to the temple festivals with a number of commercial activities. The features of Beijing temple fairs are definitely the folk performances and a variety of folk handicrafts, as well as the local snacks. Performances like yangko dance and lion dance is visible almost everywhere. During the Spring Festival and the Lantern Festival, a number of them with distinguishing features are held in Beijing, attracting thousands of tourists from home and abroad. Come with TopChinaTravel, to witness and appreciate those famous Beijing temple fairs.
Famous Temple Fairs in Beijing

Altar of the Earth Temple Fair (Ditan Temple Fair)

• Time: Dec. 29 - Jan. 7 according to lunar calendar
• Location: Altar of the Earth Park, Andingmen Outer Street, Dongcheng District
• Transport: visitors can take subway line 2 to Andingmen Station or take bus 13, 116, 62, 44, 130, 684, 909, 75, Special 12 or Special 2 to the south gate of Altar of the Earth; bus 104, 108, 124 tram, 27, 104 fast, the 119, 407, 328, Special 11, 18, 113, 644, 643 or 430 to the west gate of Altar of the Earth; bus 125,117 to the east gate of Altar of the Earth.

The Ditan Temple Fair is one of the busiest and most popular temple fairs in Beijing. It is held every year at Ditan Park, where emperors used to offer sacrifice to appease gods, during Spring Festival. In modern times, Ditan Park’s temple fair was one of the first to be restored in the city and is always a popular choice thanks to its picturesque location in the heart of Dongcheng District. The fair showcases a display of local customs, folk traditions and embraces China’s diverse ethnic minorities. Whether you want to try out traditional Chinese snacks, buy some arts and crafts or watch a performance, Ditan Park’s got you covered. And if the crowd gets too overbearing, simply sneak off among the pine trees for a breath of “fresh” air.

Dongyue Temple Fair

• Time: Jan. 1 - 6 according to lunar calendar
• Location: No.141, Chaoyangmen Outer Street, Changyang District
• Transportation: Visitors can take bus 101, 109, 110, 112, 750, 846 or 813 to Sacred Way Street Station, change subway to the Chaoyangmen Station, and then walk 600 meters eastwards.

Dongyue temple is themed with praying. Outside the temple, there are roads decorated with Chinese “Fu”. Blessing activities, such as the midnight prayer, hanging blessing card, and wearing a red belt with one's name and lunar birthday are the main things here.
Famous Temple Fairs in Beijing

Lotus Pond Park Temple Fai

• Time: Feb 9-15
• Address: Lotus Pond Garden, 48 Lianhuachi Lu, Fengtai District, Beijing
• Transport: visitors can take subway Line 9 to Beijing West Station; or Take bus 101, 109, 110, 112, 750, 846 or 813 to Sacred Way Street Station, change subway to the Chaoyangmen Station,

Lotus Pond Park Temple Fai has been held around since 2000. It combines folk customs, history and modern culture into one mad event. Every year, expect dance performances, there are also traditional opera, a flower show, acrobatics and cross-talk performances. During the fair, you can also pick up clothes, folk arts and crafts, jade items, old Beijing snacks and other random knick-knacks.

Summer Palace Temple Fair

• Time: Jan. 1 - 6 of lunar calendar
• Location: No.141, Chaoyangmen Outer Street, Changyang District
• Transportation: visitors can take bus No.101, 109, 110, 112, 750, 846 or 813 to Sacred Way Street Station, change subway to the Chaoyangmen Station, and then walk 600 meters eastwards.

The temple fairs played an important role during the Qing Dynasty, this temple fair features an imperial marketplace, song, dance and other traditional performances, role play, imperial culture exhibitions and more. Visitors can freely enjoy folding stool lion dance, acrobatics, and crosstalk performance such as colorful traditional programs.


Beijing ChangDian Temple Fair

• Time: Jan. 1 - Jan.16 of lunar calendar
• Location: Liulichang Streetm Heping Road, Beijing
• Transportation: visitors can take bus No.101, 109, 110, 112, 750, 846 or 813 to Sacred Way Street Station, change subway to the Chaoyangmen Station, and then walk 600 meters eastwards.

Go have a look at ChangDian Temple Fair has always been old customs in Beijing. ChangDian Temple Fair began in the Ming Dynasty period. Each year during the temple fair, the street is very crowded here. The main content of the temple fair includes lion dance, the traditional folk flower fair, folk handicrafts, etc.

Dragon Pool Park Temple Fair (Longtan Park Temple Fair)

• Time: Feb. 9- Feb. 16
• Address: Longtan Park, 8 Longtan Lu, Dongcheng District, Beijing
• Transportation: visitors can take bus No. 6, 8, 12, 60, 116, 684, 750, and 958 to Longtan Park stop

Dragon Pool Park Temple Fair has been famous since 1984. It usually comprises of four snack streets selling an eye-catching array of snacks, albeit at slightly inflated prices. The fair offers a great opportunity to learn about local Beijing customs, with plenty of cross-talk performances, people on stilts, diabolo displays and even performances by circus troupes, as well as an ice-skating rink and stalls selling toys and other trinkets. And you should grab a candied fruit and enjoy the festivities!