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Haiyun Nunnery Fair

December 15 , 2014 -- Updated 7:12 GMT

 Yangko

 Yangko

Haiyun nunnery is located in Haiyun street in Sifang District of Qingdao.It was built in the Ming dynasty. In the old days, lunar January sixteen is the date of nunneryˊs fair, lots of people went to the fair and it is one of the three major traditional festivals in the city.

 Folk artisan

With the lapse of time,it is called "Haiyun Nunnery Hawthorn Balls Swathed by Syrup Fair" because there are so many pedlars selling Hawthorn balls swathed by sugar. In 1986,Qingdao restored the folk festival welcomed by the masses and for the objective of protection of traditional folk culture, the meeting is scheduled for 3 days.

Vendors from all parts of the country

 Vendors from all parts of the country

During the fair, there are Mao tune-pattern, Liu tune-pattern,shadow figures show, vaudeville, paper-cut, New Year paintings, yangko contest, gongs and drums competition and other kinds of folk art activities, different shapes of hawthorn balls are a feast for the eyes and there are all kinds of snacks and handicrafts as long as you want, millions of Chinese and foreign tourists come to the fair every year. Since 1990, Haiyun Nunnery Fair is classified as national key tourism projects. In recent 20 years, Haiyun Nunnery Fair has become a large scale famous fair, some vendors to the fair come from other provinces, and it was named one of the "Chinese top10 folk festival" in 2005. Since 2008, Haiyun Nunnery Fair has been extended longer for a week, is from lunar January 16 to lunar January 22, and the snacks and folk performances are much more abundant.

All kinds of hawthorn balls swathed by syrup

All kinds of hawthorn balls swathed by syrup

All kinds of hawthorn balls swathed by syrup

All kinds of hawthorn balls swathed by syrup

All kinds of hawthorn balls swathed by syrup