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Longhua Temple fair returns after 3-year hiatus

HISTORIC Longhua Temple fair, which first took place around 400 years ago, is being held this year following a three year break.

However, it will take place at Longhua riverside as its usual location outside the temple is currently a Metro line construction site, Xuhui District Tourism Administration yesterday.

Thy fair was not held for the past three years due to ongoing Metro construction work.
It will run between April 3 to 10, with attraction including Chinese games, snacks, sports competitions, Chinese opera and the opportunity to learn handicrafts from folk artists, said the tourism authority.

"Both adults and children will find something fun at the fair," said Guo Benhou, deputy director of the administration.
Guo said Longhua riverside is pleasant and relaxing location, though not well-known among locals.
"We hope that through the fair more people will discover that the Bund is not the only place to enjoy a great view of the Huangpu River," he said.

On display at the fair will be a special 26-meter-long painting depicting Longhua Town in the 1960s. It captures the Chinese ancient town style, with leafy greenery and busy streets.

Artist Cen Xinguo, 68, took moe than a decade to complete the epic work.
"The painting was dedicated to my friend as well as all the old Longhua fellows," said Longhua man Cen. "My friend and I came up with the idea of the painting, but he died in a car accident soon afterwards. So I decided to finish the painting in memory of him."

Xuhui District tourism authorities said once the Metro line project is complete, the area will be restored to what it looked in the mid 20th century.
Free shuttle buses will run between the fair site and the Chuanchang Road Station of Metro Line 7 and Gate 1 of Longhua Martyrs Cemetery.


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