On­go­ing tem­ple fair of­fers busi­ness and fun

China Daily (Canada) - - LIFE - By YANG JUN in Guiyang yangjun@chi­nadaily.com.cn

The wish tree, can­died haws, clay fig­urines and lantern art all bring back child­hood mem­o­ries of Spring Fes­ti­val.

The month­long Tem­ple Fair and Lantern Show, which be­gan on Jan 26 in Guan­shanhu dis­trict of Guiyang, cap­i­tal of South­west China’s Guizhou prov­ince, is there­fore the place to visit while cel­e­brat­ing the Chi­nese New Year, which fell on Feb 16.

The events in­clude the dis­play of tra­di­tional cus­toms, a food fes­ti­val and cul­tural per­for­mances for dif­fer­ent age groups.

Guan­shanhu has hosted such events for the past eight years.

By tak­ing part in the ac­tiv­i­ties, vis­i­tors get the op­por­tu­nity to know their cul­ture bet­ter. For ex­am­ple, a spe­cial wooden ham­mer that is used to make ciba, a snack of gluti­nous rice, and is hardly seen in Chi­nese cities these days, can be viewed at the fair.

Also, the cus­tom of mak­ing a wish and ty­ing a red thread to a tree branch can be ex­pe­ri­enced.

More than 150 stalls from the main­land with food and bev­er­ages have been set up.

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