Wuzhen Tem­ple Fair

China Pictorial (English) - - Con­tents -

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.

by Xu Yu/xin­hua

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