L is for Lantern

In my 12th post for the  Blogging A to Z Challenge, I did a photo essay on the Taiwan Lantern Festival in Taichung, Taiwan.

L is for Lantern 

Taiwan Lantern Festival in Taichung

We first heard about the Taiwan Lantern Festival the night we touched down at Taoyuan Airport. Our first homestay host, Rachel, came to pick us up from the airport. It was raining, and a cold piercing wind was blowing steadily. On the way to her apartment, she told us that we should not miss the Taiwan Lantern Festival in Taichung, at the Taichung HSR station. It was still cold in northern Taiwan, although spring was here, so the Taiwanese liked to visit the warmer central and southern regions. Taichung was located in the central region. She said the lantern festival only happened for a short time, so we should hurry and not miss it. The Taiwan Lantern Festival is an annual national event held in a different province every year.

We bought HSR (high-speed rail) tickets to Taichung shortly after we arrived in Taipei. The train ride was about an hour, smooth and efficient. We reached in the afternoon, but to our consternation none of the stalls were open. The exhibition grounds in front of the Taichung HSR station were almost deserted. We had to wait till 6pm, when the sun went down.

Taiwan Lantern Festival. Photo taken on 11 March 2015.

As the sun went down, the lights came on. These sheep were cute, as if they were climing a stairway to heaven. Photo taken on 11 March 2015.

2015 was the year of the sheep/goat/ram (please pick your preferred option. LOL), so they figured prominently in the lantern festival. There was even an enclosure with a bunch of live sheep in it. My friend and I petted one for good luck. 😉

Taiwan Lantern Festival. Photo taken on 11 March 2015.

Majestic phoenix ready to take flight in the setting sun. Photo taken on 11 March 2015.

Taiwan Lantern Festival. Photo taken on 11 March 2015.

Fairytale castle. Photo taken on 11 March 2015.

Taiwan Lantern Festival. Photo taken on 11 March 2015.

Ship ahoy! Photo taken on 11 March 2015.

Taiwan Lantern Festival. Photo taken on 11 March 2015.

Hi there, Minion! Photo taken on 11 March 2015.

Taiwan Lantern Festival. Photo taken on 11 March 2015.

Reminds me of Japanese cartoon characters. Photo taken on 11 March 2015.

Taiwan Lantern Festival. Photo taken on 11 March 2015.

Animal lanterns. Photo taken on 11 March 2015.

Taiwan Lantern Festival. Photo taken on 11 March 2015.

The centrepiece of the festival, a gigantic ram that lit up every half an hour in a kaleidoscope of changing colours. It also turned round and round in the process. Photo taken on 11 March 2015.

Taiwan Lantern Festival. Photo taken on 11 March 2015.

Flower garden. Photo taken on 11 March 2015.

Taiwan Lantern Festival. Photo taken on 11 March 2015.

Lantern tree at the Taiwan Lantern Festival. Photo taken on 11 March 2015.

Taiwan Lantern Festival. Photo taken on 11 March 2015.

Panoramic view of Taiwan Lantern Festival from the platform of New Wurih Railway Station, about 5 mins walk from Taichung HSR Station. I took this photo before we boarded the train to return to Taipei. Photo taken on 11 March 2015.

Travelling from Taipei to Taichung on the HSR took 1 hour, and cost over NTW700. Then, we took the regular TRA train back to Taipei, which took us 3 hours, but cost only half the price. We reached Taipei around 11pm.

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One Response to L is for Lantern

  1. Beautiful festival. Loved the lanterns. Thanks for sharing the photos. 😀

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