Gate Drums. Figures of Fortune. A woman sits flanked by two figures covered in symbols of fortune, including the color red, images of imperial Chinese coins, and large golden taels, the shape that precious metals were traded in Qing dynasty China. Xiangsheng 相声 (Cross-talk) Performers. Two young men perform xiangsheng, a form of two person stand-up comedy. This particular example involved tricking one member to repeatedly slap himself in the face, generating waves of laughter in a crowd filled with children. Carnival Workers. Working on Chinese New Year is no treat for Chinese workers, but taxi drivers, carnival workers, and public service workers have to be on the job. Street Vendor Selling Starch Chips.Made from various types of starch,
such as wheat or oats, these fried chips are popular in Beijing where they
are eaten with vinegar and garlic. The vendors working the temple fair
have to be dressed very warm, standing outside in the middle of winter!
Baozi Hawking. At a temple fair, convincing the fair goers to buy
your food out of a dizzying selection available requires a certain
level of showmanship.
Kebab Delivery. The sea of fair-goers becomes even more chaotic near
the roast kebabs stands at lunchtime, as brave members of the family are
dispatched to purchase large bouquets of greasy lamb and deliver it to the
family. Behind, fake hawthorn fruit on sticks are held up high as well.
Hawthorns are a popular snack and also a symbol of good fortune for
its color and shape.
Temple Prayers. By BERKSHIRE Publishing Group. The temple fairs in China still hold meaning for many
people, as the long lines to pray at the old alters prove. Here a long line of
supplicants offer prayers for good fortune in the coming year.
Temple Prayers. The temple fairs in China still hold meaning for some,
as long lines to pray at the old alters prove. Here women offer prayers for
good fortune in the coming year.