Every city in China and Taiwan has major lantern exhibition during this time. In Taiwan, different city takes turn to host the major Taiwan Lantern Festival. This year, it is hosted by the southern city of Chiayi, 1 1/2 hour ride on the high speed train from Taipei. Grace and I went for the opening of the festival last Sunday.
This year is the year of Tiger, not surprisingly, the major theme of the festival is the tiger. You can see a movie clip shot by Grace using her Nikon D90 of the Giant tiger lantern in our last blog.
The Giant tiger is accompanied by two other Chinese mystical animals: a Giant Kirin (yes, it is what a famous brand of Japanese beer named after) and a dragon.
Nanjing is the official city of China that participates in the Taiwan Lantern Festival. It occupies a very large area of ground in the exhibition.
The theme in the Chinese exhibition is very traditional, very Grand and very delicate. After all, they have thousands of years of experience of making lanterns. Here a gentleman just gets the highest mark in the national exam and is parading with a large entourage.
Here it shows two boys standing on the head of a dragon turtle, another Chinese mystical animal. It symbolizes the winner of a game or competition, especially a national exam.
Overall it was a very Good Lantern Festival. We had a very tiring but very Good trip.
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