Lanterns in Hagley Park

I do love lights. Each year we go to the Chinese Lantern Festival. For the second year running it was held in Hagley Park; we were stuck in traffic for 30 mins with all the other thousands of people also wanting to go there. The paths were thronging with people of all ages, babies being pushed in prams, and dogs being walked by their owners; all who were wanting to get a good look at the lanterns lining the trees and the river. I figure the best time next year to visit will be later in the evening after 9.30 pm when the masses are starting to make their way home after having their full of Chinese food and before the festival finishes at around 10.30 pm.

You can click on each of these photos to see them larger on your screen:

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Check this post for photos from the 2012 Chinese Lantern Festival: https://diannesphotojournal.wordpress.com/2012/03/01/dragons-and-scary-looking-girls-in-hagley-park/.

I’ve recently set up a Flickr account to backup my photos online. I’ve put the rest of my photos from the evening here if you want to view a few more: http://www.flickr.com/photos/97210148@N08/sets/72157634085339170/

Dragons and Scary Looking Girls in Hagley Park

I’m pretty pleased with how well these photos came out, considering I took them on my phone; just a Sony Ericsson, nothing special, and I didn’t really expect any of them to turn out well. A last minute decision for us to go to the Chinese Lantern festival on the way back from a friend’s house meant I didn’t have my camera with me.

Previously this festival has been held in Victoria Square, and I think I’ve been to all of them. Last year’s festival was cancelled because of the earthquakes. This year it was held in a corner of North Hagley Park, and judging by the throng of the crowd, it worked out as a pretty good venue.