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Tseung Kwan O comes alive with Spring Lantern Festival

Tseung Kwan O Po Tsui Park will come alive with festive cheer tonight (February 6) for the Spring Lantern Carnival organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

Entertainment includes lantern quizzes, fortune-telling stalls, Cantonese operatic songs, choral singing, golden oldies and Chinese ethnic dance performances. Seven lantern groups featuring monkeys, dragons, fruit, fairies, flowers and birds are also on display.

Another spectacular lantern display "Glowing Legend", inspired by stories from the famous Chinese novel "Journey to the West", is featured at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre (HKCC) Piazza until February 22.

Lanterns in the pools near the Clock Tower represent 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 promise immortality.

The third set of lanterns features monkeys playing on the Mountain of Flowers and Fruit, where every monkey lives a life of leisure and joy.

On the other side of the Piazza, near the Hong Kong Museum of Art, spectacular lanterns represent the 12 creatures of the Chinese zodiac.

Another exhibition, "Getting to Know Chinese Lanterns", is running in the Foyer of the Cultural Centre until February 19. It features the history and production of Chinese lanterns.

In conjunction with the lantern display, a dance performance, "Lantern Romances", will also be held on February 20 and 21 from 6.30pm at HKCC Piazza. The highlight of the performance, "Hope", was well received at the AWESOME Arts Festival in Perth, Australia.

Produced by the City Contemporary Dance Company Dance Centre, "Lantern Romances" will feature jazz and musical repertoires such as Jet Song, All that Jazz and Swan Lake.

Ends/Friday, February 6, 2004
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