King of Masks

On Tuesday afternoon I went with a friend to the Changdian Temple Fair.  Temple fairs are a traditional feature of the Chinese New Year celebrations.  Now, rather than have them in the temples (which are far too small), certain city streets are blocked off  for the first five days of the new year, and are filled with vendors selling everything from pin-wheels (they seemed to be particularly popular this year) to roasted goats.  Think of your local county or state fair, and make it 10 times more crowded.  There you are.

Anyway, at the temple fair this year masks seemed to be all the rage.  Everywhere we turned someone had a goofy mask on.  Below are some of my favorites.