Travellers visiting the intriguing Chinese administrative region of Hong Kong before the end of the weekend would have been wowed by a giant lantern representing the moon that forged the main centrepiece in the region’s Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations.
Made from 7,000 recycled plastic bottles, the incredible structure glowed during night time and paid homage to the continuous changing colours of the moon, which was and still is incredibly sacred to individuals living amidst the Shang dynasty and contemporarily the peoples of China at large.
The festival is celebrated on the fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month in the Chinese calendar and celebrates the night in which the moon is at its roundest and brightest, as reported by Reuters.
With this year’s event beginning last Thursday and concluding on Sunday, the celebration also coincides with harvest time and the autumnal equinox. The giant lantern truly stole the show with her cutting edge design emerging from a pool of water at Hong Kong’s Victoria Park.
The lantern was constructed with a moral message encompassing sustainability and that individuals should help protect the environment while uniting together to make the world a more peaceful and comfortable place to live within.
The brainchild of up and coming architects Stanley Siu Kwok Kin, Aden Chan Pui Hong, Eddie Hui Chun Hoi and He Yiteng, they can all take great heart from the effect their efforts had on watching spectators this year.
Great value holidays to Hong Kong are usually fascinating anyway, what with the mix of traditional Cantonese culture alongside her westernised British influences yet recent visits to this high rise metropolis were made even more spectacular as tourists were actually able to walk inside the 32ft high ‘rising moon’ with her hollow interior.