Thousands flock to Beijing's rejuvenated temple fairs

From shadow plays to acrobatic feats, traditional art forms are finding new admirers

By Chen Nan | China Daily | Updated: 2024-02-19 07:31
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A martial arts performance at the Taoist Dongyue Temple fair. [JIANG DONG/CHINA DAILY]

Lu was pleased the show crossed different generations.

"This year, people came to our stage and stayed for the whole show," he said. "Our show is new and fun for kids. People haven't had the experience of a temple fair for a long time and they wanted to enjoy every minute," said Lu.

The troupe also staged other shows, including an adaptation of the classic Chinese novel Journey to the West.

Drawing on his own childhood, Lu remembers the thrill of going to temple fairs with his parents and four older sisters after partaking in Chinese New Year traditions, such as making dumplings and staying up all night on New Year's Eve.

"It was very cold and often snowy. Going to a temple fair was one of the most exciting things to do for children since we could have lots of snacks, candies and new toys," he said.

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