Travel with me #43: Let's take a visit to the biggest Lantern Festival Carnival in China

in travel •  2 years ago 

Dear Steemit Friends:



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The Spring Festival marking a new Lunar Calendar year lasts for 15 days. At the end of the 15 days as the spring festival draws to a close, the lantern festival celebrates the end of this festive period and officially starts the new year. Today, I'm taking my Steemit friends to celebrate the end of the Spring Festival with a visit to the very joyous lantern festival held here in Xi'an.
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The Lantern Festival originated from the Han Dynasty, to this day, it has a history of around 2000 years. On this day, it is customary for each household to go out at night and admire the full moon, but aside from watching one of natures most beautiful objects in the sky, the lantern festival is also about enjoying the wonderful lantern displays, and guessing the little riddles on the lanterns. This lantern festival can be called the Chinese Carnival.
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In Chinese, the lantern festival is actually called 'Yuan Xiao'. But since the lantern festival is the final event of the Spring Festival, it is now more commonly known as the lantern festival. Originally, lanterns were lit in the Han Dynasty as a form of respect to Buddha, but it is also a way to receive good blessings for the future.
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Even though the temperature was -5 degrees C tonight, it wasn't enough to deter everyone from visiting the Lantern festival carnival on this special day.
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The Tang Paradise in Xi'an is where the Lantern Festival Carnival is held. Here, they use sound, light, electricity and other high-tech contraptions to create these wonderful lantern displays infusing folk customs, traditional Chinese customs and elements of the Spring Festival together in one incredible light show. Now lets take a walk into the Tang Paradise and soak up this very cultural display of art. This particular Lantern Festival Carnival is known as the most beautiful one throughout all of China.
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By the entrance gate, there was this super huge display which caught my attention. It's actually of a bottle of alcohol that is distinguished in this area of Shaanxi. It's called 'Xi Feng Jiu'.
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This is a picture of one of these Xi Feng Jiu bottles I took in a restaurant before. Doesn't it look similar?
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I managed to get a good snap of it's entirety from far away.
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These glass sculptures are of Tang Dynasty maidens. Really beautiful!
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At the grand entrance, there is a dragon and a phoenix welcoming us. These are actually the biggest light displays on water in the world. Each are 70 meters long, 30 meters across and 18 meters high. Together, the dragon and phoenix make for a stunning and magnificent welcoming display. In front, we can see the Tang Paradise Characters on a giant seal.
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The other side of the seal is yet another Dragon.
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In China, the dragon and phoenix are both symbols of auspiciousness.
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Because I there are so many lanterns, i've grouped some of the photos together. Hope you like them!
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Forest concert series, very colourful and very pretty.
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These are of people doing some work in preparation for celebrating a festival. Cooking food, washing etc.
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These lanterns have Chinese traditional landscape paintings on them.
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As well as the infamous Shanbei paper cuttings.
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Lotus flower lanterns.
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Behind me is the corridoor of the 24 solar terms. As you walk through it, you will see how the 24 solar terms change throughout the seasons.
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The 24 solar term lanterns have Xibei and Hu County art on the surface. It's quite representative of the regions skill in arts and crafts
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The lake of Tang Paradise shows the splendid reflections from all the light displays as well as the main Tang Paradise building.
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The crane lanterns receive visitors to the lantern festival by giving them good luck.
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The good fortune gates are very traditionally designed.
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The lotus gates use their similar sound in Chinese to 'together' to represent unity.
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A tiger stepping on the magical floating cloud.
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In the background, some nursery rhymes are played :“灯笼会,灯笼会,灯笼灭了长一岁!” - "Lantern Festival, Lantern Festival, When the lanterns go out, I grow a year!".
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Big chickens mean more auspisciousness. Since this year is the year of the Chicken, the main theme of the lantern festival is of course the Chicken.
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This display is of a phoenix fluttering by a waterfall. In front is the full moon. This is probably my favourite display of them all. The colours are so garish and beautiful and yet the atmosphere is so peaceful and tranquil.
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This is the folk snack display.
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This is lantern display of the 'Tang Yuan' which is usually eaten during the lantern festival.
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Very red 'candied fruits' bingtanghulu.
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This is a stall which makes custom lanterns for you.
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This display is of a recent star of the Olympic games. The famed woman Chinese swimmer, Fu Yuanhui. She became an internet sensation because of her funny expressions when being interviewed and her 'mystic powers' phrase which became a viral internet meme. Here, they've made a display of her famous expression. Do you remember my drawing of her in my meme post?
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An unflattering scene of the famous Tang Dynasty Concubine, Yang Guifei drunk on the table.
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Emperor Ming of Tang and his cohorts.
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A very big 'Fortune' (福)
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Playing the traditional Chinese instrument called the Chinese Shawn. It's comparable to the Oboe.
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On the trees are little lantern versions of Persimmons.
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The Ansai Waist drums being performed for this special festival.
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These are little cartoon lantern sculptures made in the style of Beijing Opera. Very cute!
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The lanterns in the water make you feel like you've entered a fantasy world. You feel like you're part of the scene, and the scene is a part of a painting.
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Lastly we have a scene of Chang'e flying to the moon. It's a very romantic setting. I hope you enjoyed today's very long blog on the lantern festival carnival. Many people know about the Chinese new year, but few know that the Lantern festival marks the end of the Spring Festival. Now you can see how much Chinese people care bringing the Spring Festival to a magnificent close.
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Finally, wishing everyone a happy Lantern festival, here are some Mahjong Tang Yuan glutinous rice balls for luck and auspiciousness!
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长达15天的2017年中国新年,随着最后一天元宵节的到来而接近尾声。今天就请steemit的朋友跟随我一起感受一下元宵节的欢乐吧。元宵节起源于中国汉朝,距今有2000多年历史。在这一天,家家户户出门赏月, 赏灯会,猜灯谜,一起分享元宵,元宵节可以说是中国的“狂欢节”。元宵节也称灯节,燃灯的习俗起源汉代宫廷里的点灯敬佛,也有着对未来的美好祈福。今晚室外温度零下5度,却挡不住大家对于赏灯会的热情。大堂芙蓉园的灯会运用声、光、电等高科技手段,以多种互动形式将民俗文化、中华传统春节文化元素融为一体。

现在我们一起走进大唐芙蓉园,探寻那些藏在花灯背后的中国元素吧!它号陈全中国最美的灯会。门口这个超大号的灯一下吸引了我的注意力,这酒瓶正是陕西最有地方特色的白酒品牌——西凤酒。这是我之前在餐厅拍到的西凤酒,是不是很象呢?从很远的地方终于拍到了整体的花灯造型。前面的玻璃灯是唐代仕女的形象,很漂亮。在大门口迎接我们的是一条龙和一只凤,这是全球最大的水上灯组“龙凤呈祥”,长70米宽30米高18米,巨大的龙和凤缠绕着整个芙蓉桥,规模宏大极具震撼力。前面是超大号的大唐芙蓉园仿古的刻字印章。这个大印章的背后也盘卧着龙。在中国,龙和凤有着吉祥如意的美好寓意。因为拍了太多照片,所以我把一些细节图拼在一起,希望大家喜欢。

老虎踩着祥云。花灯后面放着熟悉的童谣:“灯笼会,灯笼会,灯笼灭了长一岁!”大鸡大利, 因为今年是鸡年,所以鸡当然是整个灯会的吉祥物了。湖上飞舞的凤凰停落在瀑布旁边,头上有一轮圆月。这是我最喜欢的花灯场景了,颜色搭配艳丽,气氛祥和宁静。这是民俗小吃的灯展。花灯还原元宵节卖元宵和卖馒头的场景。红彤彤的冰糖葫芦。这是现场的手工灯笼制作。她是中国的奥运健将,又是新一代网红傅园慧,她的卡通形象也作为今年的花灯主体,非常好看。记得我之前还在文章里画过它。这是非常维美的唐代贵妃醉酒场景。唐明皇在一旁陪伴。大大的福。吹中国传统乐器唢呐的节日庆祝场景。树上结满了金黄色的火柿子。安塞腰鼓,具有地方特色的庆祝表演。京剧角色卡通花灯,非常可爱的一组。水上的花灯,让游客仿佛身临其中,人在景中,景在画中。最后是嫦娥奔月的场景,浪漫的场景,希望你们喜欢今天长长的灯会文化的分享,以后还有更多有趣的故事要分享给大家。最后祝大家元宵节快乐,分享给大家一碗热腾腾的麻将形状的元宵吧!

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Another beautiful post!

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thanks team101 !

这次中文终于分段啦 :D

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恩恩,听取了大家的意见~~

wow...How many photos you took? Amazing post! (;

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There were so many wonderful lanterns, felt like more than my camera could fit! I took quite a few more pictures than I posted but I think i've just included the best ones here. Thanks again!

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Thank you to share with us the these beautiful pics and place! (;

Amazing pictures!

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Thanks! It's quite hard to get good night time photos. Thankfully quite a decent number of photos turned out ok!

These are all pretty cool as lanterns. Can't help but notice the frequent use of the color red.

Those shots are so beautiful. I mostly like the one where there's an elegant phoenix. The shot where there are cute lanterns hanged to a Persimmons tree gives a warm feeling despite the seemingly cold night. ^_^

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Red is actually a culturally symbolic colour in China. It symbolises luck and happiness so is frequently used as the main colour during festive periods such as the Spring festival and Lantern festival.
Similarly, the phoenix is sometimes the symbol of union because in Chinese, the phoenix is actually the fusion of both Feng and Huang which is male and female birds respectively. It is a coincidence that this year's zodiac is the Chicken, however the Phoenix is often used instead.

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Oh, so that's why. I'm learning a lot about China from you.
Thanks sweetssj :) Take care during your future travels and adventures!

What a colorful event! Looks like an awesome thing to experience :-)

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Oh it sure was, so many vibrant colours it felt like I was under the influence of substances walking around lol! But thoroughly enjoyable none the less!

I love traveling with you in every post, thanks for your great job ;)

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You're very welcome beta, and thanks for joining me on my travels virtually :)

yes, i love your post @sweetsssj
i am follow , upvote , and resteem you.
good luck

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Thanks!! Appreciate your support a-lot :)

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you are welcome

Bravo!!! Excellent post lady @sweetsssj, the images are really very beautiful and amazing, excellent elccion and very good captures, congratulations for this very good image quality

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jlufer, thank you! Appreciate your readership :)

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cheers!

These sculptures are amazing! Love the colors and lights. Thank you.

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Thanks! They really are amazing!

好热闹的灯会哦,一定好玩,呵呵!北京有零下五度这么冷吗?

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是西安,晚上室外温度比较低,好像今年英国也有新春灯会啦?

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嗨嗨,打搅一下,欢迎你们来参与我们中文区程序员的话题讨论哦。

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