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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Chinese Lantern at Victoria Park 2013

When the moon is at its brightest and fullest on the 15th day in the 8th month of the lunar calendar, Chinese celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival (or moon festival). Families gather to have a fest, share moon cakes under the moon. After dinner, it is a tradition for parents to take their children to admire beautiful lanterns.

Chinese Lanterns at Victoria Park, Hong Kong

Almost every year in Hong Kong Victoria Park, you can great Chinese Lantern displays. This year, there is a huge plastic bottle lantern at the Tin Hau side of the Victoria Park. On the Causeway Bay side of the Victoria Park. You can find plenty of traditional Chinese lantern.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Rising Moon: Giant Lantern made of Recycled Plastic Bottles

In the spirit of Mid-Autumn Festival, the Hong Kong Tourism Board brought a giant lantern to Victoria Park at Causeway Bay. Named "Rising Moom", this huge structure is made of recycled plastic bottle and flashing LEDs. Apart from festival celebrations, this giant lantern hopes to promote recycling in Hong Kong. The 7000 used bottles will also be recycled after the display period.

"Rising Moon" giant lantern made of recycled bottles at Victoria Park, Hong Kong

The giant lantern is in a dome shape. It is so big that it can comfortably accommodate over 100 people inside. The lantern is surrounded by a water fountain, the reflection of the semi-sphere creates an image of the full moon.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Hong Kong Moon Cakes 2013

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival or the Moon Festival is an important day in Chinese lunar calendar. Since a long long long time ago, Chinese families would gather on this day to enjoy the full moon over a feast with immediate and extended family members.

Assorted Moon Cakes from Hong Kong producers

Although there are many different stories to their origins, moon cakes somehow found its way into the Mid-Autumn Festival along the river of Chinese history.