Pronounced:kÇ’ngmÃng dÄ“ng / xÇ”yuÃ n dÄ“ng Literally: Kong Ming lantern / make-a-wish lantern Means: sky lantern, the candle-powered floating lanterns released into the sky during the Lantern Festival.
Last night was The Lantern Festival å…ƒå®µèŠ‚, the final night of Spring Festival æ˜¥èŠ‚ and that means the last night of fireworks(!), so this morning it’s finally all quiet on the eastern front.
We joined the happy crowds last night on Tianjin’s frozen Haihe river æµ·æ²³ near Ancient Culture Street å¤æ–‡åŒ–è¡— and launched a couple “wish lanterns” è®¸æ„¿ç¯ (usually called å”æ˜Žç¯) — the candle-powered sky lanterns you’ve probably seen pictures of.
These pictures aren’t great, but it was actually a pretty fun scene. Hundreds, maybe thousands of lanterns were floating around, fireworks up and down the river, lots of people having fun, etc.
Ok, the pictures really aren’t that great, but all those little dots in the sky are lanterns. It looked cool, I promise. Just look at the photos and use your imagination.
You can actually see it better in the video clip below.
Some of the flaming lanterns got stuck in trees, and every so often one would come hurtling down to the ice in a blazing arc of glory. We even launched a couple:
These were the only lanterns to be found at Tianjin’s Ancient Culture Street å¤æ–‡åŒ–è¡—ï¼Œwhich was a bit of a disappointment considering it was the LANTERN Festival, but it was still fun to launch fire hazards into the night sky from down on the river. We’ll definitely do this again next time we get the chance!
You can browse the rest of our Spring Festival fun here.
We partied it up too hard during all the other days of Spring Festival (photo galleries will be up soon!), so tonight we’re staying in nursing L’s and Jessica’s colds. By this time (15 days into Spring Festival) the fireworks have long since changed from fun to annoying. We’ll be glad for the relative peace and quiet after the fireworks season is over.