The annual Qingdao Haiyunan Candied Hawthorn Festival celebrates the candied hawthorn (tanghulu). The festival is in Sifang district near the Haiyunan Buddhist convent and runs through February 26. Check out more info below from QINGDAO(nese) contributor Cherie. If you’d like to contribute Qingdao related content to this site, please contact us.
Compared to the busy downtown, I prefer the suburbs or a village. I appreciate that peace and harmony. But there are some moments that you really want to enjoy a roaring atmosphere. The Qingdao Haiyunan Candied Hawthorn Festival is one of those moments. It is an annual event in Qingdao and it usually lasts for about eight or nine days. Visitors to the festival can see performances of traditional cultural customs,such as the yangko and other folk dances as well as the dragon-lion dance. Snacks include goodies for the adventurous eaters such as fried spider, fried centipede, taiwan oyster omelet, smelly bean curd, and of course, candied hawthorn and other fruits.
Dating from the late Ming Dynasty, the festival originated at the Haiyunan Buddhist convent and coincides with the end of Spring Festival and Lantern Festival. Over time, different types of snacks from around Qingdao became the main feature of the traditional festival. Among these snacks, the most popular one was the candied hawthorn (糖球). Gradually, people started to call it the Candied Hawthorn Festival and today it is a huge event spreading out over blocks around the temple.
Snacks include goodies for the adventurous eaters such as fried spider, fried centipede, taiwan oyster omelet, smelly bean curd, and of course, candied hawthorn and other fruits.
To get there by bus, take number 1 / 5 / 7 / 15 / 21 / 24 / 32 / 206 / 210 / 227 / 305 / 319 / 322 / 325 / 371 / 373 / 378/ 602 / 609 and get off at the Sifang or Sifang Xiao Xue (elementary school) bus stop. By taxi, tell the driver Sifang Tang Qiu Hui.
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This temple festival is held at the Haiyunan Buddhist convent of Sifang District in Qingdao, Shandong Province, China on the 16th through 18th days of first lunar month. Set for the day of the first spring tide, this festival has been held since the convent was built in the 17th century near the end of the Ming Dynasty. Originally fishermen observed this time to pray for safety and a good harvest. Now sugar balls, also called haws —yams, oranges, and dates dipped in hot syrup and then cooled until crisp—colorfully displayed on long skewers, are specialties of the fair. About 200,000 people attend the show.
Photos of Haiyunan Nunnery in Sifang Qingdao