The Lianhua Temple Fair (Ga Lianhua), a traditional folk activity in Suzhou New District (SND) on the 30th day of the 7th lunar month, kicked off on September 9. Tens of thousands of residents and tourists gathered at the Lianhua Temple in Tongan Town to celebrate the annual folk festival. In the temple fair, people could taste delicacies, buy handicrafts and watch performances, appreciating the charm of the folk culture in SND.
The Lianhua Temple, usually called “Lotus Temple” by local people, is located at the west end of Jinshi Street in west Tongan Town, SND and has a history of 1,300 years. It fell into disrepair in the late Qing Dynasty and was destroyed in the 1970s, only two tall ginkgo trees in front of it left. The present temple was rebuilt on its old site.
As usual, this year’s temple fair ran from 5 am to 5 pm. At about 8 o’clock in the morning, the Lianhua Temple was already crowded with people who came early to offer incense and attend the dharma assembly. People could also enjoy dragon dances, lion dances and other traditional folk performances, most of which were presented by local people.