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September
Mid-Autumn Carnival draws tens of thousands to Victoria Park

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Revelers by the tens of thousands gathered in Victoria Park this evening (September 11) to enjoy a vast Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival.

Among the attractions were Chinese ethnic dance, Cantonese opera and operatic songs, a Chinese instrumental concert and Nanyin Singing. Adding a festive glow to the occasion were a spectacular dragon surrounded by several seven-metre-high lanterns.

The Hong Kong Tourism Board also arranged several attractions that added to the fun of the occasion -- "Lantern Wonderland", a giant 962-square-metre dome-shaped lantern which combines Chinese art and contemporary design concepts; the Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance; and hot-air balloon rides.

A popular spot for photo-taking was a lantern that looks ahead to the opening of Hong Kong Disneyland, bearing images of the Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Two more Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnivals will be held tomorrow (September 12), featuring spectacular lantern displays, lantern quizzes, fortune-telling stalls, nostalgic games and a variety of entertaining programmes. Admission is free. Details are as follows:

1. Kowloon Region Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival

September 12 (Friday)

7.30 pm - 10.30 pm

Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza

2. New Territories East Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnival

September 12 (Friday)

7.30 pm - 10.30 pm

Tai Po Waterfront Park

A marvelous array of exquisitely designed lanterns, known collectively as "Fantasy to the Moon", and the colossal 10-metre-high "Mid-Autumn Lantern Tower" are on display at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza until October 19.

Also, the more than 650 entries to the 2003 Mid-Autumn Lantern Design Competition are being displayed at the Exhibition Hall, Lower Block, Hong Kong City Hall, until September 19. Admission is free.

While celebrating the Festival, the public is urged to refrain from littering and wax-burning.

End/Thursday, September 11, 2003

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