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Tazishan Yuanxiao Denghui 2009 ©Ingrid Booz Morejohn
I visited the Lantern Festival decorations at Tazishan Park this evening and it was hysterically noisy and chock-a-block full of people. This being the Year of the Ox decorations leaned heavily towards large, masculine looking, muscular bovines. (Quite a few of them obviously were copies of the Red Bull logo.) Other interesting dioramas were an enactment of China's Space Program complete with a Long March rocket and another a celebration of China's 55 minorities in their national costumes, gathered beneath the warm red embrace of the Chinese national flag and the flag of the Communist Party. The 13 floor Jiutian Pagoda (for which the park is named) was beautiful in gold and silver lights and a giant oxen bedecked in Mardi Gras beads strained in front of a cart full of gold ingots. In between all this modernity were the usual Eight Immortals, Cowherd and Weaver Maiden etc scenarios and a gigantic teapot pouring tea into a teacup, made out of small ceramic plates and baijiu cups. Impressive attention to detail and very colourful but I have to admit it was a relief to get home, too noisy and crowded!