Wuzhen Temple Fair
April 1, Tongxiang, Zhejiang Province: A boat race is held during a temple fair in the historic town of Wuzhen.
Wuzhen, about 125 kilometers from Hangzhou, is a typical water town along the Beijing-hangzhou Grand Canal. For centuries, during the Qingming Festival (around April 5), farmers from nearby villages gathered at the temples to pray and at the fairs to enjoy entertainment. In the past, the silk farming business was an important pillar of the town’s economy.
Today, these practices have become part of the local tourism programs during April every year. The unique and diverse folk arts, including the silkworm festival, boat races, boat deck acrobatics and the intense boat boxing, attract many tourists from home and abroad.