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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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Herping Island Park (和平島公園) , Keelong- Taiwan

Looking out to sea at Herping Island Park

Looking out to sea at Herping Island Park

During the Valentines Day holiday trip  R and I drove up to  Keelong City  基隆市. I’ve always love visiting the seaside and experience the sea breeze blowing  in my face. 

The park sign- Herping Island Park

The park sign- Herping Island Park

We drove from Shifen Waterfall Park  to Keelong as it was on the way. The journey didn’t take too long and we manage to find the place following the GPS in the car.

The rock formations

The rock formations

The last time I saw unusual  rock formations was in Jeju island  where we saw the Jusangjeolli Cliffs.  These formations were spread out over a bigger area as compared to those cliffs.

A rock formation looking like a turtle

A rock formation looking like a turtle

This particular rock formation required some vivid imagination on the part of the viewer to see how “turtle” it looked like.

A pavilion we saw while following the trail

A pavilion we saw while following the trail

The pavilion made a good resting spot to sit and admire the scenery. We didn’t really spend much time there when we were there as I was more keen to view the whole area.

R and me

R and me

We only stopped long enough to snap some pictures and a wefie.

A man parasailing

A man parasailing

While admiring the scenery we saw  this parasailer moving near the rocks. He had a motor attached to the back of his  set up and was able to control how high or low he flew.  I would love to try parasailing one day but not sure if I will do solo like  this parasailer.

Another view of the seaside

Another view of the seaside

There were many  unusual rock formations around and people ventured out onto the rock formation for a closer look. R and I however kept to the path as I didn’t want slip while being on the rock as the ground was rather wet.

Another shot of the same rock formation. This time with my HP.

Another shot of the same rock formation. This time with my HP.

 

Have you seen rock formations at the seaside lately?  

 Heping Island Park  和平島公園

No. 360, Ping 1st Rd., Zhongzheng District, Keelung City, Taiwan

Admission fee of NT$60 for adults and NT$40 for concession holders

(Linking with Sweet Shot Tuesday, Good Random Fun, and Life Thru the Lens.)
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