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February
Tsing Yi Park spring lantern carnival staged tonight

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The New Territories West Spring Lantern Carnival was held tonight (February 14), in the evening of Valentine's Day at the Tsing Yi Park to celebrate the Spring Lantern Festival, the traditional Chinese Valentine's Day. Organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), the Carnival featured entertaining programmes as well as spectacular lanterns.

Renowned singer Ms Amy Wu and other artistes presented traditional Chinese love songs, further enhancing the romantic touch of the Carnival.

Spectacular lanterns display lighted up the Park and became the attraction for photo-taking. Among the lantern groups, the seven-metre high lantern "Dragon and Phoenix in Celebration of Spring Festival" was the most outstanding while the lighting decoration on the waterfall was equally attractive. The lantern display will also be open to the public from 6.30 pm to 10.30 pm tomorrow (February 15).

Other entertaining programmes such as children's Cantonese opera, Chinese percussion, Chinese magic, acrobatic and martial arts were also well received while lantern riddle quiz and fortune-telling attracted crowds of participants.

Apart from the Carnival tonight, the LCSD will present two more Spring Lantern Carnivals tomorrow (February 15) and February 16 from 7.30 pm to 10.30 pm at Kowloon and the New Territories respectively. All programmes are admission free. Details are as follows:

1. Ko Shan Road Park and Ko Shan Theatre

February 15 (Saturday)

Programmes: Chinese stage art, Chinese percussion, lion dance, golden romance concert, lantern riddle quiz, fortune-telling and spectacular lantern display. The lantern display was also open to the public tonight.

2. Fanling Recreation Ground

February 16 (Sunday)

Programmes: Children's choral concert, Chinese percussion, popular songs concert, lantern riddle quiz, acrobatics, Chinese tea corner, fortune-telling, nostalgic

games and spectacular lantern display. The lantern display will also be open to the public from 6:30pm to 10:30pm in the evening of February 15.

At the Ko Shan Road Park Carnival, renowned singer Ms Amy Wu and other artistes will perform in the golden romance concert while at Ko Shan Theatre, a traditional stage arts show including Chinese martial arts, traditional Chinese dances, songs and a variety of Chinese Opera repertoire will be staged.

Spectacular lantern groups of which a seven-metre high three-tier lantern featuring full moon, cranes and leaping carps will be on display adding festive atmosphere to the Ko Shan Road Park.

The programmes of Fanling Recreation Ground Spring Lantern Carnival on Sunday are also entertaining. Apart from singing by popular artistes, the spectacular "Greetings of Dragon and Phoenix in Spring Festival" lantern measuring seven-metre high with colourful decoration of rainbow, crane, dragon, phoenix and peacocks portrays a prosperous and peaceful world.

In addition to the three large scale Carnivals, a "Luna and Luminaire" -- spectacular lantern showcase featuring "The Narcissus Garden", "The Peony Garden" and the "Greetings from the Golden Goat" is now on display at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza until March 3. "The Narcissus Garden" features a scene of pastoral peace with narcissus in abundance, a thatched shed and a waterwheel. Some fairies are depicted dancing to a lovely tune of joy and goodwill.

Another display "The Peony Garden" features colourful and elegant peonies. In the middle of the pond, there are two peacocks standing among peonies in bloom -- a scene boding richness and prosperity. A group of fairies have descended into this Peony Garden, to play a tune of harmony and joy and wish us a successful and bright new year.

The last set "Greetings from the Golden Goat" is appealing, symbolising peace, harmony and prosperity for the year ahead.

End/Friday, February 14, 2003

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