This Mid-Autumn Festival, visitors and locals in Hong Kong will be able to appreciate not just the bright full moon, but also the world’s largest sculpture made from lanterns. This Guinness World Record-breaking installation at the “Lee Kum Kee Lantern Wonderland” in Victoria Park was officially lit up on 3 September to mark the beginning of “Hong Kong Mid-Autumn Festival” – a seasonal mega event by the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) that lasts until 13 September.
The light-up ceremony was performed by HKTB Chairman Mr James Tien, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Mr Gregory So, Commissioner for Tourism Mr Philip Yung, Acting Director of Leisure and Cultural Services Mr Chung Ling-hoi, Group Chairman of Lee Kum Kee Mr Lee Man Tat, Chairman of Lee Kum Kee Sauce Group Mr David Lee, Managing Director (North Asia & Pacific Region) of Lee Kum Kee (International) Trading Ltd Mr Jeffrey Lee and winner of the “Lantern Wonderland Design Competition” Mr William Lim.
As the highlight of “Hong Kong Mid-Autumn Festival”, the “Lee Kum Kee Lantern Wonderland” is entirely sponsored by Lee Kum Kee in its production cost. Its centrepiece – a record-breaking fish-shape sculpture made from over a thousand traditional Chinese lanterns – measures 37 metres long, 9.6 metres wide and 13 metres tall. The design concept was selected through a design competition organised by the HKTB in collaboration with Hong Kong Ambassadors of Design, Hong Kong Designers Association and Hong Kong Institute of Architects, and is inspired by the traditional goldfish lantern. The lively fish suggests that Hong Kong, as vibrant Asia’s World City, offers myriads world-class dining and entertainment experiences to visitors. Built by Hong Kong’s own bamboo scaffolding technique and surrounded by small fish lanterns, the mega fish is perfect for photo-taking from afar.
The HKTB is widely promoting a string of celebratory activities under “Hong Kong Mid-Autumn Festival”, besides putting together the “Lee Kum Kee Lantern Wonderland”, hoping to encourage visitors to join local residents in celebrating the much loved traditional festival rich in local flavours. Among the activities is the fire dragon dance in both Tai Hang and Pok Fu Lam, now on the national list of intangible cultural heritage. The three-day Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance will be held from 11 September, and specially performed in Victoria Park on the night of the Mid-Autumn Festival (12 September), when Pok Fu Lam Village will be staging another fire dragon dance performance. Meanwhile, the lantern displays, carnivals and relevant activities organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department in Victoria Park and various districts of Hong Kong are also among the recommendations by the HKTB.
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