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Crowds throng Mid-Autumn Carnivals at HKCC and Tai Po


It was very much a family affair tonight (September 12) as the public turned out en masse to enjoy the Mid-Autumn Lantern Carnivals at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza and Tai Po Waterfront Park.

Entertainment included spectacular lantern displays, traditional stage arts, Chinese instrumental concerts, ethnic dances, lantern riddle quizzes, nostalgic games and fortune telling.

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 featured at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza. The display will last until October 19.

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.

The over 650 entries to the 2003 Mid-Autumn Lantern Design Competition are on display at the Exhibition Hall, Lower Block, Hong Kong City Hall until September 19. Admission is free.

End/Friday, September 12, 2003

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