Gu Fan Hui: Beijing's oldest temple fair

By Zhang Junmian
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Gu Fan Hui, dubbed "Beijing's most ancient temple fair," will kick off in the western suburbs of Beijing on Feb. 24, the Lantern Festival.

Gu Fan Hui, dubbed "Beijing's most ancient temple fair," will kick off in the western suburbs of Beijing on Feb. 24, the Lantern Festival. [File Photo] 

The two-day festival, with a history of over 1,000 years, is the best-preserved and most special folk activity the city has to offer.

The festival features classic and traditional music, plus traditional culture and customs of the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1912) dynasties. There's a 500-meter-long parade accompanied by traditional music, showcasing the art of flag-balancing, with a man trying to hold a huge flagpole upright for as long as possible.

Most remarkably, the festival, hosted by the locals of the Qianjuntai and Zhuanghu Villages, is a pure and authentic local celebration without any commercial elements. This self-entertaining activity is one of the most precious intangible cultural heritages in the capital.

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