Yuanshan Flower Expo Park Lantern Festival

 

 

A 3D Horse lantern
A 3D Horse lantern

the 2015 Taipei Lantern Festival at Taipei Expo Park was one of the places that R and I visited  during Valentine’s Day weekend this year.  The last time we saw such lanterns was back in 2012 when we went to the Lukang Lantern Festival  with Tiger girl.

The lanterns on display in Taiwan were certainly very different from the ones that we see around Chinatown during Chinese New Year or  the mid autumn festival. These lanterns are made by students  and are all entries in the best lantern competition.

One of the exhibits on display.
One of the exhibits on display.

Children as young as elementary school students  are encouraged to take part in this competition. As you can see from the picture above this was one of the entries done by  a group of elementary school students with the guidance of their teachers.

An under the sea exhibit
An under the sea exhibit

Each lantern was built based on a theme  as you can see the one above was filled with different sea creatures. Don’t they look cute?

Sheep  lanterns
Sheep lanterns

There were many lanterns  which were created to look like sheep as  2015 is the Year of the sheep.

Another sheep display
Another sheep display
Three sheep with auspicious blessings.
Three sheep with auspicious blessings.
Sheeps besides a model of the iconic Taipei 101
Sheeps besides a model of the iconic Taipei 101
A huge cuddly sheep
A huge cuddly sheep

I like this one the most as it looked like one which I wanted for myself. If only it came in a soft toy version. I certainly would purchase one for myself 🙂

A Dog Train lantern.
A Dog Train lantern.

Besides sheep there were lanterns based on various cartoon characters like this Dog head train.

Roller coaster lantern
Roller coaster lantern

Some lanterns were built to resembled part of an amusement park like this roller coaster shown here.

A carousal lantern
A carousal lantern
Circus exhibit  lanterns
Circus exhibit lanterns

Even the circus clowns were represented among the different lanterns which were on display in the park.

A pumpkin carriage
A pumpkin carriage

Fairy tales and  Folk tales were the featured themes for some of the lanterns. I saw Cinderella’s carriage on display while walking through the park.

Lanterns based on folk tale.
Lanterns based on folk tale.

I can’t remember off hand which story these characters were depicting but it was certainly nice to see them in traditional costumes.

 

Have you been to a lantern festival before?

 
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35 thoughts on “Yuanshan Flower Expo Park Lantern Festival”

  1. Hari OM
    Hehehe – I was thinking about that sheep they way you were before I read that you were! It is definitely huggable &*> what works of art these are. I attended such a festival in Sydney and can honestly say it was one of the most memorable moments of life. Haunting, but in a good way! YAM xx

  2. What a great idea to involve all the students. The entries are amazing and they have learned the patience and skill needed for this art work.

  3. This looks like a great festival, I know for sure that our entire family would enjoy very much something like this.
    Thanks for sharing so many lovely pictures.

  4. I haven’t experienced a Lantern Festival but I know that Taiwan is really good in making lantern. I’ve watched one travel show featuring Taiwan and how to make paper lantern.

  5. These are gorgeous! Never been in a lantern festival before and I would love to experience this. We have a flower festival in Baguio once a year, but I never had the chance to attend.

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