(Journalist: Wan Jianhui; Correspondent: Zhang Xilin, Shen Sixi) The afternoon of lunar January 6 saw the peak time of the 3rd Temple Fair in Jiqing Folk Street, Zhongshan Avenue of Hankou. Visitors and locals were amazed by wonderful cuisine and intangible cultural heritage (ICH) performances. The most eye-catching were traditional dough sculptures, sugar figurines, Duixiu (a kind of scroll painting), paper-cuts and festive lanterns themed Bingbing—the mascot of the 7th CISM World Games. In the joyful atmosphere of the Spring Festival, who cares about the chill of the winter?
At 2:30 in the afternoon, ICH masters, including Gao Zhihe, the inheritor of dough sculptures, Zhu Yanhe, the inheritor of sugar figurines, and Feng Xiaoming, the inheritor of Duixiu, showed up and presented Bingbing in different forms. It was undoubtedly a surprising moment for the kids.
On the grand stage, the lovely mascot "Bingbing" was depicted on colorful lanterns dancing in the hands of the masters. Off the stage was a parade of Bingbing dolls.
Jiqing Street and Zhongshan Avenue were open to visitors at the end of 2016 and staged temple fairs in 2017 and 2018. The third temple fair this year, from lunar January 2 to January 15, welcomes visitors with the eight time-honored local stores, the traditional elements such as ICH Market, Welcoming the God of Wealth, the Cheongsam Show, Lion Dance, Dragon Lantern Dance, and new elements of the World Games particularly Bingbing that highlights the most important festival in China.