On Sunday, February 28th, my husband and I headed to the Taichung Lantern Festival happening in Taichung Park. Like I said in a previous post, this was not my first choice. However, for this year, it would have to suffice.
We arrived around dusk and we greeted with traffic jams everywhere as people frantically searched for parking in all directions. After driving around the park once with no luck, my husband dropped me off and sped off to find a parking spot further away.
It seemed like I had arrived at the perfect time because, while everyone was searching for parking, there were less people in the actual park which made viewing the lanterns a little more enjoyable.
The first thing that caught my attention as I entered the park wasn’t a lantern, but rather a tree with the beautiful sky at dusk in the background. It was a magnificent sight and I just had to photograph it before continuing.
I took my time and slowly made my way around the lake, stopping to photograph the several Paul Frank monkey lanterns that were scatter around the park. Some were located in the pond and many seemed to take advantage of the rowboat rental option to get up, close, and personal with the lanterns positioned in the water. The boats added an extra element to photograph.
As I passed the rows of little lanterns, I saw several photographers with their cameras ready to record the water fountain show which took place less than a minute later. Talk about perfect timing.
By then, the crowds started to descend onto the park and as I snapped the last few pictures of the lanterns, I felt pretty pathetic trying to squeeze through the crowd to get a shot – and I took it as a cue that it was nearly time to leave.
]Oh, and to the annoying woman who stood in front of a few of the lanterns for ages while doing her long series of poses and then, continued to stand there while scolding her husband for taking awful photos, there were more people in the park than you that day.]
At that point, my husband showed up, just as I was finished looking at everything. We did one more walk around the park before taking in the main lantern show and heading back to the car.
Was it worth it? For me, it was because I got to see the lanterns without contending with the crowd. Plus, I am one stubborn individual who just had to get her dose of lanterns. But next year, I will not settle.
The Taichung Lantern Festival is now unfortunately over. For those of you living in this area, I wish I could have visited and shared this with you in a more timely manner.
However, if you are really adamant about attending a lantern festival, then I suggest you head to the Taiwan Lantern Festival which is happening in Taoyuan this year. It is huge and amazing and always exceeds my expectations. And if you need more convincing, then check out this post.
Have you ever attended a lantern festival or a similar festival? Tell me about it in the comment box below.