A Stroll Around The East Lake Lantern Festival 浪漫的东湖灯会

I distinctly remember reading about the first Lantern Festival to be held in Wuhan early last year. I remember being all enthusiastic about it and sharing the exciting news, making plans to go there and just generally being quite excited about it all. 

Entrance

Would you believe that this stunning Chinese style building isn't a building at all but a beautiful lantern gate you can walk through?

Then my burn accident happened and everything changed. Instead of making dinner plans with friends and organising a lovely evening out I found myself tied to my own bed, barely able to walk and making trips to the hospital every second day to have my dressings changed. In the meantime all my friends shared photos of their trip to the exhibition and I fake-enthusiastically liked all the pictures although I was seething with jealously inside. I vowed that should the festival be held again this year I would definitely go.
I'm pretty proud of this shot.

These past days I've been somewhat busy so I kind of forgot all about the festival until I came across a friend's photos on her WeChat moments. I remembered my vow to myself and feverishly tried to find some time to squeeze a trip to the East Lake into my already full schedule. Last Tuesday, despite my workout at the gym and meeting two friends I finally managed to snag some time and after a lovely dinner, I jumped into a taxi and told the driver to get me to the festival.

I have a big soft spot for the East Lake and the fact that it's quiet there, away from all the city noise and trouble. It can be difficult to find a quiet place when you live in a Chinese city, or even a place void of people, but it's not impossible. There are those magical places and for me the East Lake is one of those places, even though I don't get to go there very often.

Back to the Lantern Festival. Some creative geniuses somehow came up with the idea to turn traditional Chinese lanterns, usually lid to mark the end of the Spring Festival (on the 15th day of the 1st lunar month) into huge (and tiny) lid up lanterns with light shows around and next to it. The whole thing is naturally best viewed in the evening after nightfall and its stunningly beautiful. I somehow also managed to chose the perfect day to go and visit because there weren't many people and I could leisurely stroll about the place all the while taking a ton of photos. I'm turning into a real Chinese.

I know you're dying to see the photos, so I'm just going to shut up and torture you with what you missed out on.