Get on Board to China's Grand Canal Temple Fair
Just as the city air is filled with fragrant osmanthus we also welcome the arrival of the 2nd China Grand Canal Temple Fair which this year will be held from Oct. 23 to 25 in the Hangzhou Section of the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal. During this time visitors can immerse themselves in the unique culture and customs of the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal whilst also soaking up a number of touristic activities.
This particular event is an essential component of the West Lake International Exposition and this year is themed on ‘Meet Grand Canal, Enjoy Typical Hangzhou’. Nine venues have been set up for the event which are Yun He Tian Di (Grand Canal World), Grand Canal Cultural Square, Qiaoxi Historic Block, Xiaohe Straight Street, Dadou Road Historic Block, Xiangji Temple, Fuyi Granary, Tangqi Ancient Town and West Lake Cultural Square.
During the temple fair visitors will have the opportunity to witness its opening ceremony which is highlighted by the grand canal children’s folk rhymes, grand canal wedding ceremony, Qipao show: The Dowry of Mother, music concert: The Night of Grand Canal and Republic of China style show. Furthermore various other fairs such as creative fair, handicrafts fair, intangible culture fair, tradition fair, folk custom fair and brands fair are also proudly awaiting your visit.
In addition, a special water bus route is planned to glide you to all the colorful activities that are vibrantly displayed along the banks of the canal. Visiting such an event by boat is not something you get to experience every day so get on board and join this year’s Grand Canal Temple Fair.
Recommended route to participate in the temple fair:
a. First take bus No. 79, 98, 129 to the stop of ‘Gao Jiao Hua Yuan (高家花园)’ or No. 47, 48, 69, 79, 98 to ‘Qing Fang Qiao (轻纺桥)’ and then walk for 300 meters to Yun He Tian Di (Grand Canal World) to enjoy its opening ceremony, children's folk rhymes, wedding ceremony and Qipao show.
b. After lunch stroll to Qiaoxi (West of Gongchen Bridge) and Qiaodong (East of Gongchen Bridge) for a peak at other similar fairs. Then head to Qiaoxi Local Products Wharf and take a boat to Xiangji Temple where along the way you can enjoy the views of the Grand Canal.
c. Arrive at the wharf of Xiangji Temple and continue onto Dadou Road Historic Block for a folk custom fair.
d. Watch performances in Xiangji Square and visit the vegetarian fair. If you have time you can also pray in Xiangji Temple which then completes the end of the journey.
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