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Temple Fairs Add Romance to Spring Festival in Beijing

BEIJING, Feb. 3: Despite the fact that many people will leave the capital during the Spring Festival, there will still be lots going on for those left behind, including a brace of temple fairs that will appeal to the artistic and romantic alike.

With the Valentine's Day falling on the same day as the Lunar New Year, Beijing's temple fair organizer hopes to add a romantic touch to the time-honored event - by hosting the marriage of 10 foreign couples on Feb 14 at Shijingshan Amusement Park, which has held the fair for the past 10 years.

Visitors have fun at last year's temple fair at Shijingshan Amusement Park.

While the double-lucky day should be compelling, Liu Jingwang, general manager of the park and host of the wedding ceremony, said he is still waiting for foreign couples to sign up with just 10 days to go until the big event.

"We will hold a fairytale-style wedding for these couples in front of the park's Cinderella Castle and Ferris Wheel," Liu said.

In addition to the usual amusements, park visitors are expected to have a great time enjoying performances from other countries such as a Japanese fan dance, Korean long-drum dance, Latin dancing, and Russian song and dance performances.

The temple fair, which lasts from Feb 14 to Feb 21, is anticipating 3 million visitors during the Spring Festival.

The 3-millionth tourist will receive a VIP membership, which guarantees free use of all facilities in 2010, Liu said.

The lucky tourist will also be invited to wear a wreath and join the parade.

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