Colorful temple fair opens in Hohhot


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A temple fair featuring a slew of colorful handicrafts and wonderful performances of traditional dances opens to great fanfare in Saishang Old Street in Hohhot – capital city of North China's Inner Mongolia autonomous region – on Jan 27. [Photo/Hohhot Evening News]

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A naoge parade creates excitement at the temple fair. Naoge performances, a national item of intangible cultural heritage, are a type of folk performance usually staged one day before the Lantern Festival – which falls on the 15th day of the first month of the lunar calendar. Each man in the parade carries an iron frame fastened to his waist with a child wearing colorful costumes standing on the top. The men then walk to the beat of drums and gongs. [Photo/Hohhot Evening News]

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Participants dress up in yellow costumes to take part in a dragon dance on the day. [Photo/Hohhot Evening News]

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Brave folks walk on stilts at the temple fair. This event, also known as cai gaoqiao, is a much-loved traditional performance in China. It is especially popular in North China. Cai means walking on, and gaoqiao means stilts. [Photo/Hohhot Evening News]

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Tourists talk about products for sale. [Photo/Hohhot Evening News]

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A paper-cutting work that portrays a rabbit goes on display, as this is the Year of the Rabbit. [Photo/Hohhot Evening News]