This is quite unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. For a start, it was a family oriented festival starting at 9 o’clock in the evening – but the reason for this is that it’s a lantern festival.
The park is given over to static displays of lanterns, and art performances such as bands and dance groups (it certainly brought out the hippies of Victoria, who happily wandered the park with their babies wrapped to their bodies in the African style sarongs).
Thousands of people fill the park, and many carry their own home-made lanterns. Before we arrived, I thought a lantern was either those red ‘Chinese ball’ style ones, or those Z-spring paper ones you buy from Ikea.
And it wasn’t just “a fish”, but specifics such as “a trigger fish” or “a killer whale”.
As you can imagine the children both loved it, and didn’t have a problem staying awake until 10:30, and even managed to walk back to the hostel through the whole of downtown at the end.