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Hiking photos – Yajishan Temple Fair, 2012/04/25

We've got a nice hiking trail around the three temples of Yajishan, and, when we time it right, we can get a look at their annual temple fair at the same time. It's a little difficult to time it right, because the fair is scheduled according to the lunar calendar.

We started off with a walk through the fairgrounds, where we saw all sorts of interesting goings-on: local arts and crafts, fortune-tellers, noodle-making and street food, and more.

Then, our local guide took us through his peach orchards on the way up to the three temples. The temples here are Daoist temples, and we learned a little about that as we climbed the steep stone stairs on the way to the top.

After a rest and a look about the temple right at the top of the hill, we followed a trail down from the back of the temples, looping around to get back to the beginning of the hike.

eight banners, Beijing Hikers Yajishan Temple Fair hike, April25, 2012 A view from half way up the hill looking down on the 'Eight Banners' flying in the wind.

incense, Beijing Hikers Yajishan Temple Fair hike, April25, 2012

Incense for sale to the pilgrims.

Local food, Beijing Hikers Yajishan Temple Fair hike, April25, 2012

Snacks for sale on the street.

handicrafts, Beijing Hikers Yajishan Temple Fair hike, April25, 2012

Local handicrafts – peach-shaped pendants. Pinggu District grows a lot of peaches.

Noodles, Beijing Hikers Yajishan Temple Fair hike, April25, 2012

Here's how you make noodles!

Dying hair, Beijing Hikers Yajishan Temple Fair hike, April25, 2012

Get your hair dyed for free!

The temple fair, Beijing Hikers Yajishan Temple Fair hike, April25, 2012

The temple fair attracted numerous pilgrims.

, Beijing Hikers Yajishan Temple Fair hike, April25, 2012

Blowing candy figurines.

Yu Huangge, Beijing Hikers Yajishan Temple Fair hike, April25, 2012

A view toward the east from the top of Yajishan.

herbal medicines, Beijing Hikers Yajishan Temple Fair hike, April25, 2012

A vendor displays medicinal roots and herbs.

Wicker, Beijing Hikers Yajishan Temple Fair hike, April25, 2012

Grasshoppers shaped from flax.

Dolls, Beijing Hikers Yajishan Temple Fair hike, April25, 2012

Woollen dolls for sale.

A fortune teller, Beijing Hikers Yajishan Temple Fair hike, April25, 2012

A fortune-teller draws up some auspicious figures.

Yu Huang pavilion, Beijing Hikers Yajishan Temple Fair hike, April25, 2012

A view of the temples, from the fairgrounds below.

Yajishan, Beijing Hikers Yajishan Temple Fair hike, April25, 2012

A view of the temples, from the hill behind.

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