In the middle of February, the 7th Guangfu Temple Fair staged at various sites
in Guangzhou, bringing novelty along with the charm of traditions. In this
temple fair debuted over 70 programs and 130 performances, attracting more than
6 million visitors.
Introducing creativity in to the traditional folklore, the temple fair brought
along newfangle which blossomed around the city. A great diversity of
activities were presented herein, including art performances, exhibitions of
intangible cultural heritage, folk culture performances, animation and cartoon
temple fair, charity temple fair and water temple fair.
Decorating the trains of Gruangzhou subway Line 6 are symbols of local life
such as the flower market, the Canton enamel and traditional buildings with
arcades called Qilou. These brought along a rich taste of the Cantonese
culture. Held at the Gongyuanqian Station was the "Subway Temple Fair" with
fantastic performances such as Cantonese operas, intangible cultural heritage
exhibitions and Cantonese music shows staged for local dwellers.
At the north of Beijing Road in the city's old historic town lay two huge
"silkworms" symbolizing the "Market of Creation", a new project set in the
intangible cultural heritage exhibition area of the temple fair. In the
silkworm-shaped tents displayed works of about 120 young artists. With a
one-yuan ticket in support of originality, visitors could come into the market
to buy artworks at various stands. The silkworm-shaped soft sculpture tents,
with the length of 35 meter each, also hit a new Guinness World Record as the
longest inflatable models, attracting nearly 40,000 visitors in the "belly".
Across the street beyond the Chinese redbud trees adorned by red lanterns, the
"Guangfu Chaoxu Market" outside the Dongfang Wende Square proved to be a famous
attraction for youngsters. At the "Chinese Art Hall", young students presented
their works such as Canton enamel, Canton embroidery, egg decorating and copper
seals, all of which are local traditional crafts that have been listed as
intangible cultural heritage. The "Love Pavilion" brought to young people the
sparks of tradition colliding with fashion as well as games bringing together
The "Lantern Riddle Bus" of the Guangfu Temple fair carried with it an abundant
display of Cantonese culture as it travelled across the old town of Zhongshan
Road and the Chenghuang Temple to Zhujiang New Town. Passengers could scan the
QR codes by Wechat on the bus to submit answers and win gifts.
It has been seven years since the first Guangfu Temple Fair was held. Nowadays,
with happiness it brings to local neighborhoods, this cultural event has become
the second most attractive temple fair in China.
Source: Guangfu Temple Fair
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