Vintage Changsha songs energize Spring Fest crowds
Local operas and traditional handicrafts were on display at the temple fair held on Feb 6 in the Huogongdian district along Changsha's Taiping Street. It certainly helped create a joyful New Year atmosphere in the surrounding streets.
The temple fair takes place on Feb 6 and attracts scores of people over the New Year period. [Photo by Liu Jialu/news.changsha.cn]
The event took place on Yichunyuan Stage and spectators were wowed as famous flower drum operas were performed including some famed old time numbers such as Liu Hai Kanqiao and Hu Da Huimen. The stage was surrounded by stalls exhibiting locally produced traditional handicrafts such as dough figurines and palm weaved objects.
Local flower drum operas take place on the Yichunyuan Stage during the temple fair on Feb 6. [Photo by Liu Jialu/news.changsha.cn]
A folk artist makes dough figurines, or miansu in Mandarin, as a traditional folk crafts on display throughout the temple fair on Feb 6. [Photo by Liu Jialu/news.changsha.cn]
The climax of the temple fair was when 1,000 people weaved Chinese knots, an artistic decoration that carries auspicious meanings around the Chinese New Year.
People weave Chinese Knots together to express their best wishes for New Year. [Photo by Liu Jialu/news.changsha.cn]
"The temple fair revives the ancient Changsha flavor and illustrates the charms of Hunan culture," one visitor to the fair said plainly outlining the feelings of many.