|During Spring Festival it was traditional for temples to hold fairs. The tradition continues but usually the fairs called 庙会 miàohuì are held in parks. This is the miaohui at Ditan 地坛 Dìtán (Deetan) - a park that once was the Temple of Earth where the emperor prayed and made sacrifices at the summer solstice.
There are already quite a few people at the main gate early in the morning. The designers put several large displays at the gate to make perfect backdrops for photography.
Last update: August 2009
© Marilyn Shea, 2009