Photos by MJ Klein
This is the time of the year when different cities around Taiwan celebrate the Lantern Festival. We happened to be in Kaohsiung during the start of this year’s celebration.
Throngs of people were down at the Love River for the opening of the Lantern Festival.
This is the scene to the right of the above photo.
Walking along the bridge over the Love River we can see the site of the lantern displays.
The tour boats were out and quite busy.
These lanterns on the bridge remind us of candy on a stick.
They looked even better at night.
This shot taken from the middle of the bridge shows the platform for the fireworks that will be set off later.
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This is the beginning of the lantern display area. I didn’t attempt to document every single lantern as there are hundreds of them, and they will be graded and awards given later. I shot what I thought might be of interest to our readers. So, let’s take a walk through the display area.
This is the new year of the Ox, so many cow related themes were present.
The Chinese word for “rhinoceros” calls it a type of cow so even rhinos were featured in several lantern displays.
Sometimes you couldn’t even walk because there were just too many people, like this group here who insisted upon blocking everyone so they could take a photo of what is apparently, their lantern entry.
This is a representation of the Dream Mall ferris wheel. We saw several of these ferris wheel lanterns.
Leaving one area and entering another, that’s Hui-chen (left) and Ping-chen leading the way.
While I couldn’t figure out the theme of some of the lanterns, nevertheless I was impressed with the creativity expressed in each of the entries.
It was starting to get dark, which is my favorite time of day for taking photos.
All the lights were coming on everywhere. The Love River is a very colorful place to be at night.
We walked down past the exhibition area and to the next bridge, which we crossed and then made our way back in a big circle.
That’s the bridge to the right, with what looks like curtains.
And this is what the bridge looks like close up as you’re walking over it.
Crossing the bridge and turning right, we see another interesting set of displays.
This is supposed to be a characterization of the Kaohsiung mayor.
A famous landmark outside the Ambassador Hotel. I’ve seen this before looking out the window.
Looking back across the Love River at the lantern display area.
Looking back toward the other bridge we just crossed.
We decided to get something to eat. We found a crab restaurant and here we see the ladies are really enjoying the crab legs! It was a fitting ending to a nice evening.
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