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Spectacular "Glowing Legend" lanterns on show at Cultural Centre Piazza from tomorrow

In celebration of the the Year of the Monkey, a spectacular lantern display entitled "Glowing Legend" will light up the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza starting tomorrow (January 17).

The free exhibition, presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, runs until February 22.

The display is inspired by stories from the famous Chinese novel "Journey to the West" -- "Queen Mother of the West Hosts the Grand Banquet of Immortal Peaches" and "Monkey King Steals the Immortal Peaches".

Displayed on the pools near the Clock Tower is the banquet hosted by the Queen Mother of the West for her guests, the Eight Immortals. Standing on a beautiful lotus, the Queen Mother is the image of kindness and grace.

The 20-foot-high "South Gate" has the Monkey King at the top searching for the peaches that that promise immortality.

The third set of lanterns features monkeys playing on the Mountain of Flowers and Fruits, where every monkey lives a life of leisure and joy. Besides the Cave Heaven of the Water Curtain, the display also includes a small waterfall and fruit boats.

On the other side of the Piazza, near the Hong Kong Museum of Art, spectacular lanterns will embody the 12 creatures of the Chinese zodiac. Set on a huge festive candy tray, the 12 creatures in their Chinese costumes will wish the public a joyful new year. Visitors can also consult the fortune-telling chart for the Year of the Monkey.

Another exhibition, "Getting to Know Chinese Lanterns", will be staged from January 29 to February 19 in the Foyer of the Cultural Centre, explaining the history of Chinese lanterns and how they are made, from design concept to construction, lighting, mounting, colouring and installation.

For enquiries about the exhibition, please call 2591 1340.

Ends/Friday, January 16, 2004
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