2012 平溪天燈節 Sky Lantern Festival

February 5, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Posted in 趣味生活/Smiles in Life, 寵物雜記/Pet Tales, 心情筆記/Journal, 旅遊遊記/Travelogue, 活動看板/Events | 2 Comments

For a few years now, I’ve known about the sky lantern festival, but I’ve never had the chance to see or experience it.

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On Friday, I found out kinda last minute about the festival events taking place at Ping Xi and the shuttle bus service available.

Saturday morning, taking Millie with me, I ventured out that direction to see it. 

First stop, blueberry yogurt cone at the zoo station.

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Two out of towners joined me for the adventure.  It took a lot longer than I thought it would due to the long hour long windy road up the mountains, but I don’t regret it.

Upon arrival at Ping Xi, we bought two lanterns for nt$100 each.  I chose blue, my favorite color.  Then we found a spot in a DIY workshop area, to “write” our wishes on the sky lanterns.  We used the traditional brushes used in Chinese calligraphy.  It got a bit messy in the end, but still was fun. 

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Millie’s paw was painted by a random stranger at my request, and I put her paw print on the lantern, too.  People around us must have thought it was cute idea, too, as I found many around us capturing the moment on camera or with their cellphones.

Later on we went to a designated area with firemen and police on guard, to let off our lanterns.  Basically, the way it works, you have to attach the waxed or oil dipped paper on to the lantern.  It’s important to fan out the stack of paper properly, so the fire will burn it throughly and create a great amount of hot air.  Once the paper is fanned out, you hold the lantern by the corners, and someone else lights it.  You wait for the hot air to fill up and your lantern will rise like a hot air balloon.

We didn’t know how at first, but people nearby were helpful in giving pointers.  Once we learned how, we gave pointers to others after us.  I even helped one couple by capturing the moment with their camera.  At one point, theirs got caught in a tree, but soon broke free and eventually rose to the sky again.  At that moment, everyone around cheered!

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Later, we joined the crowd to see the official event where a 12-footer and many small lanterns were let off at the same time.  A few more rounds followed, but we didn’t want to stay too late, so we started heading back.  There was a bit of a line up, but it all worked out in the end.  I think the whole event including transportation arrangements were arll planned out well.  If I go again, I’ll make sure to bring markers and lighters.  Those are definitely must haves!

p.s. more photos to come~ those are on another camera, compliments of v & q

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  1. Never tried this. Would have loved to join ya if I were in town~ ^^

    • if you’re in town next year, we can go together. i definitely will go again if people are interested. it’s something you need more than one person to do together.


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