Shenyang Royal Temple Fair began in 2004, and is held during holidays such as Spring Festival, International Labor Day and National Day in North Market, Heping District of Shenyang city. During temple fair, townspeople can enjoy folk talents show, exhibition of intangible cultural heritage, folk custom performance, as well as traditional Chinese snacks and modern delicacies from both home and abroad. Royal Temple Fair in Shenyang, together with other top Temple Fairs in China - Beijing Ditan Temple Fair, Shanghai City Temple Fair and Nanjing Confucius Temple, constitutes the four top-notch Temple Fairs in China.
Historical Background and Features:
Royal Temple Fair originated in Qing dynasty, and ended in the 1950s. In October, 2004, Heping District Party Committee and Government successfully held the Autumn Royal Temple Fair. Since then, the traditional folk festival was restored after over 50 years’ discontinuity.
Since the very threshold, Royal Temple Fair has harmoniously combined the characteristics of ethnics, folk customs, and local people. In the meantime, it also takes in modern cultural elements. The features of being “down-to-earth, localized, and entertaining” are highlighted. It has held a series of well-received tourism & culture events. People can enjoy the reproduction of many folk custom activities such as the ancestor worship ceremony of Xibo ethnic minority group (also known as the Westward Movement Festival), royal wedding ceremony of Qing dynasty, the Manchu style of carrying the bridal sedan chair and the soldiers of Qing dynasty quartering the streets. Besides, many North Market folk arts and special craft skills are on display, for example, big bowl of tea, sugar painting, blowing sugar, mini windmills, shadow puppetry, hand-tearing paper painting, egg carving, embroidery, paper-cut silhouette, etc. Tourists can relive the lingering charm of the old North Market through the traditional North Market flavored wrestling, Beijing Pingju opera, cross talk, clapper talk, storytelling, magic, juggling, stunts and stunt cycling. Last but not least, snacks and food are also an indispensable part of the Temple Fair. Tourists can treat themselves to delicious food and snacks from all over the country.
The bustling, brilliant and distinctive Shenyang Royal Temple Fair has become the the name brand of culture and tourism industries of Shenyang, and is now acclaimed by citizens and all sectors of society. Since the restoration of this wonderful festival, great achievements have been made. Now it is a favorable tourism destination during “Spring Festival, International Labor Day and National Day” every year.