“The Wild” at Chinese Lantern Festival

The theme at this year’s Chinese Lantern Festival, Belmont, North Carolina was “The Wild” as displayed in the welcome gate.

“The Wild,” a world of life-size (sometimes larger than life) illuminated panda bears, lions, flamingos and more fauna from the world’s seven continents. Each of the lanterns is made by masters of the craft in Zigong, China’s center of lantern heritage. Others are made of small glass medicine bottles filled with colored liquid. Arranged in the shape of dragons, peacocks, and giant pearls, they glimmer like crystal rainbows.

Chinese Lantern Festival – Welcome Gate

Chinese Lantern Festival – Theme

Chinese Lantern Festival

When one thinks of a Chinese Lantern, it would be generally as a source of light.

A Chinese Light Lantern

From humble beginnings of silk and paper, the Chinese lantern has evolved into wondrous shapes and sizes well displayed at the Chinese Lantern Festival in Belmont, North Carolina. Over the next few weeks, I will be posting unique images of these “lanterns.”

Chinese Lantern Festival