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September
Four Lantern Carnivals celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival Sept 10-12

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The Leisure and Cultural Services Department will present four Lantern Carnivals to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival.

They will be held on September 10 at Tuen Mun Park, on September 11 at Victoria Park, and on September 12 at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza (HKCC) and Tai Po Waterfront Park. Admission is free.

The carnivals will be held in the evenings and feature spectacular lantern displays, lantern quizzes, fortune-telling stalls, nostalgic games and a variety of entertainment programmes.

The carnival at Victoria Park on September 11 will be alive with excitement. Among the attractions are Chinese ethnic dance, Cantonese opera and operatic songs, a Chinese instrumental concert and Nanyin Singing. Setting the tone are several huge seven-metre-high lanterns surrounding a spectacular dragon. The display is already open and will remain open until September 14 for the enjoyment of the public.

Victoria Park will be particularly busy from September 11 to 14 thanks to activities organised in association with the Hong Kong Tourism Board.

These are:

- "Lantern Wonderland", a giant 962-square-metre dome-shaped lantern which combines Chinese art and contemporary design concepts (until September 16);

- the Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance on September 10, 11 and 12, starting at 8.45pm;

- hot-air balloon rides for a breathtaking view of the carnival (until September 14).

Besides, there will be lanterns that look ahead to the opening of Hong Kong Disneyland, bearing the images of Sleeping Beauty Castle and Mickey Mouse and Minnie.

The Hong Kong Cultural Centre features a marvelous array of exquisitely designed lanterns, known collectively as "Fantasy to the Moon", and the colossal 10-metre-high "Mid-Autumn Lantern Tower".

Among the lanterns, "Moon-Gazing Pavilion" features a crescent brook and luminous birds in a scene inspired by an ancient Chinese painting. "Moon-wishing Pond" depicts lotuses, a glowing full moon and Chinese poems, filling the Piazza with romantic spirit. With a host of heavenly birds, "Celestial Cranes Garden" symbolises good luck and best wishes to the people of Hong Kong, while "Moon Shadow Grove" features colourful lanterns in the shape of birds, animals, insects and flowers that bathe Salisbury Garden in tranquility.

The hexagonal "Mid-Autumn Lantern Tower" is made of silken fabrics mounted on metal bars and wood and decorated with materials and lights that continuously change colour.

Details of the four lantern carnivals are as follows:

1. New Territories West Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival

September 10 (Wednesday)

7.30 pm - 10.30 pm

Tuen Mun Park

2. Hong Kong Island Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival

September 11 (Thursday)

8 pm - 11 pm

Victoria Park

3. Kowloon Region Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival

September 12 (Friday)

7.30 pm - 10.30 pm

Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza

4. New Territories East Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival

September 12 (Friday)

7.30 pm - 10.30 pm

Tai Po Waterfront Park

Besides, all entries of the 2003 Mid-Autumn Lantern Design Competition including the winning designs will be displayed at the Exhibition Hall, Hong Kong City Hall from 10 am to 7 pm starting from tomorrow (September 10) to September 19. Admission is free.

The public is urged to avoid littering and wax-burning while celebrating the Festival.

For more information on the Lantern Carnivals, please call 2591 1340. For more information on the events organised by the Hong Kong Tourism Board, please call 2508 1234.

End/Tuesday, September 9, 2003

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