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Longhua bell-ringing to greet the New Year

(Shanghai Star) | Dec 18, 2014

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Longhua bell-ringing to greet the New Year is one of the eight views of Shanghai. Of all the New Year countdown events, the Longhua Bell-ringing ceremony was the first large-scale event in Shanghai. It is a feature of the Shanghai city tour and known as the first New Year tour in Shanghai. It is renowned in Japan, South Korea, Southeast Asian countries and many other nations.

Every New Year's Eve, thousands of tourists flock to Longhua Temple to participate in the bell-ringing ceremony. They burn incense, worship the Buddha and wait for the 108 bells to ring, make wishes, and welcome the New Year.

At the event, visitors can attend the cultural relics exhibition and stamp the New Year’s postmark. Outside the temple, there are lantern riddles, firework displays, folk performances and a ceremony praying for good fortune. It is a grand event and also a symbol of greeting the New Year with happiness and harmony.

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Major activities

Longhua New Year’s greeting ceremony
The ceremony features Buddha culture. A New Year get-together you will remember forever.

Bell-ringing ceremony
A total of 108 people are given the opportunity to ring the bell, limited to one “dong” on each bell. Taking part in the bell-ringing ceremony is said to allow people to get rid of misfortune and allows them to pray for good fortune.

Stamp the cross-year post mark
You can get across-year post mark on your stamp folder with a pattern of numbers showing 24:00 on Dec 31 and 00:00 on Jan 1.

Taste Cross-year Noodles
The traditional cross-year noodles are a symbol of continuous happiness. Tasting the cross-year noodle inside the Longhua temple implies entering into an auspicious year.

Pray for a peaceful world
The song I Bless You by a group of artists will start the ceremony of praying for a peaceful world. Led by these artists and “peace angels”, participants will pray for an auspicious new year when the bell has its 108th ring.

Traditional activities display
The Longhua ancient tower will put on a new look with the decorations of colored lights. The mascots of the event, along with figures traditionally viewed as auspicious, will go on a parade and take pictures with tourists. All kinds of folklore performances will add the glamour to the activity. Interactive activities include producing folk custom handicrafts and other products specially used for new year celebration.

Tel: 021-64367277, 021-64335000
Time: The bell-ringing ceremony runs from 10 pm on Dec 31 till 2 am on Jan 1.
Address: Longhua Temple, 2853 Longhua Lu, near Longhua Xi Lu

Admission fee: 200 yuan per person (with a special souvenir package)
Bell-ringing fee: 318 yuan per person (Strike the bell after midnight on Jan 1. Include a special gift pack)
 

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