千呼萬喚，中國彩燈節終於在上星期隆重開幕了，一千多個手工造型彩燈點亮了 Pomona 的夜晚，開幕週末人潮熱鬧得很，兩位丫丫小記者 Amber 和 Phoebe 這晚興奮來到了彩燈節的開幕禮，與活動公關 Jennifer Becker 進行了專訪，又親身體驗了彩燈節裡各種精彩活動和展示，玩得好開心呢！一起來看看當晚小記者的採訪報導吧！～
這裡的所有彩燈都出自中國自貢的彩燈大師之手。自古以來中國自貢的燈會都非常有名，如今，自貢的彩燈藝人將傳統彩燈技藝與現代工藝結合，所有彩燈都由鋼架框製成，再以人造絲包成「皮膚」，裡面由 LED 燈照亮，再以裝滿各種彩色液體的小瓶子組成類似馬賽克一般的藝術圖形。讓人耳目一新，好像置身夢境一般。
小記者遊記 ~~ by Phoebe Zhang (age 10)
小記者遊記 ~~ by Amber Lin (age 11)
This year and every other year, the Chinese Lantern Festival comes to the public to bring out its specialty: lanterns. Hanart Culture, its producer, features events that promote Chinese art and culture. This exhibition produces over 1000 of paper lanterns, all handcrafted. This year’s theme being “Blooming Seasons”, it depicts bright lanterns of exotic flowers, palm trees, basically a natural medley of the four seasons.
I walked into the festival under the tall, arched gate of the entrance. It was made of many lanterns, As I walked in, I couldn’t help noticing how intricate and lifelike the lanterns were. The dragons on the arch swayed with the winds. The road was lined with cherry trees, and mushrooms grew inside the garden, with chipmunks beside it.
Right after, we were attracted to the roaring sound from the other side. Then, we saw a couple of mythical creatures known in China and European folklore, alive on the grass, such as qilin (or Kirin) and unicorn. The roaring sounds a little bit scary, and however, it is kind of fun to climb up, sitting on the saddleback while it is moving like “Mary goes round”. My co-reporter Phoebe and I just could not stop playing with them. Nevertheless, we have to continue our job, reporting more fun things in this Festival.
One of the biggest magnificent lanterns is Dragon. The hundreds of blue lights on the Dragon while it’s poised as flying on sky makes it so thrilling in the dark night. On the other side, while the variety of flowers floating on the water, a few Phoenixes, the Chinese symbol of new life coming out from the fire gather together, as if they were so proud of being part of nature.
After seeing so many animals, we want to look around the flowers that present the theme, “Blooming Seasons”. The Flower Garden exhibits right after you pass the entrance, while it will take a little bit of effort to climb toward the upper hill. You will get paid off by seeing so many different flowers and plants. Of course, the lights make them so bright at night. I was so amazed when I saw the “flowers” decorated on the arches in series. Walking under the floral lights, I felt as if it was the clear sky. What makes this Festival more fun is that the producer also mixes some Western common elements, such as Santa Clause and East Bunny to this Festival. That brings more joy and hooray to the families, having children.
After one hour and half of walk in the Flower Garden, we felt hungry. You have so many choices, such as Tacos, Chinese food, snacks, soda for kids and beer for the adults. Then, it came to the show time, Chinese Folklore Dances such as Peacock dance. Everyone was fascinated with the kids’ beautiful dress and skill of dance.
I must admit that this is the best experience I had ever seen the lanterns. The Festival exhibits all Chinese legendary creatures and flowers in vivid that presents “Booming Season” so well. This is one of the must-seen Festivals you don’t want to miss in this holiday season.
Inspired by the art of Chinese lantern making, dating back 2,000 years ago, guests will experience a vibrant light show with mixed-media lanterns. Throughout the hillside, brilliant lanterns depicting the Amazon Jungle, fruit tree groves, peach blossoms, maple leaves, poppies, cactuses, squirrels, foxes, and more.
Each lantern is made of modern materials and eco-friendly technology with brilliantly-lit colored LED lightbulbs, musical enhancements and sound effects, plus visual moving parts to create larger-than-life imaginative shapes.
The Magical Chinese Lantern Festival will also feature:
– Mythical creature rides for children
– Food and concessions
– Authentic live Chinese folk musical concert and traditional dance show
– Holiday displays, including your photo taken with lantern Santa Claus
– Folk art souvenir booths
Dates: November 21st – January 5th, 2020 (Open Thursday Through Sundays, and Holidays)
Time: 5:30 p.m – 10:00 p.m. (Last admission at 9:20 p.m.)
Location: Pomona Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA 91768