Yajishan Temple Fair, 2015/05/20
Photos from our Yajishan Temple Loop hike and the annual – and rowdy! – temple fair.
Every year there’s a weeklong temple fair at the village below Yaji Mountain—a little like the temple fairs during Spring Festival in Beijing city, but with a much more rural flavour. It’s a popular fair amongst the local inhabitants and gets really busy, with visitors from the surrounding countryside all crowding in for the fun.
We headed out to take a look at what was happening.
Before visiting the fair, we hiked up to the temples on top of Yaji Mountain – a fairly tough climb up a whole lot of stairs. On the way to the top we passed by some of the smaller temples on the way up and they were all busier than usual, with people burning incense and praying for good fortune.
Around the back of the temples is a semi-secret trail that we love to walk. As well as getting great views of the temples from a different angle, the mountain scenery is excellent.
After finishing the hike, we took a look at the fair. The streets of the village – normally rather quiet – were filled with stalls selling all sorts of stuff, from super-stinky tofu and lamb skewers, to swords and other weird knick-knacks. Ever thought of having a cucumber facial, or a photo with a monkey and peacocks? You could have had either at the temple fair here.
See the photos from the hike and the fair below!