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Pingsi Sky Lantern Festival 2006 平溪天燈節

It was a rainy night to watch the releasing of large, balloon-shaped lanterns into sky. Hundreds slowly rise into air, creating beautiful, peaceful scene.

this is one of traditional events at "Taiwan Lanterns Festival" since 1990...

 

Pingsi is a rural township in the north eastern part of Taiwan. Located in a remote mountain area outside of Taipei and run through by Keelung river, it was a small coal mining town in the early 20th century.

 

Sky lanterns are traditionally lanterns made of oiled paper with a bamboo frame that contain a small candle or other combustible material (such as the fake prayer's paper money). When lit the candle heats the air and causes the lantern to rise into the air. Ideally the lantern floats back to the ground when the fuel for the flame is exhausted. Sky Lanterns are also known as "Kung Ming lanterns", since some say they were invented by Chu Ke-liang (also known as Kung Ming) during the Three Kingdoms period as way of communication during war time.

 

During Lantern Festival, all kinds of red and orange sky lanterns light the still night sky over the village of Pinghsi creating a scene of unusual beauty.

 

to view all my photos about sky lanterns festival 平溪天燈.

to view the realtime video of Pingsi sky lanterns 2009 平溪天燈 taken with Canon 5D Mark 2.

 

2006年平溪天燈節,2月4日在台北縣平溪國中舉行的放天燈活動,雨中看著自己點燃的天燈冉冉上升,氣氛格外溫馨感人...

歡迎閱讀我的攝影集,請點選 Pingsi sky lantern 平溪天燈.

 

Pingsi town, Taipei County, Taiwan

2006/2/4

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2007/4/23: this pix was selected by Priceless Picks of MasterCard as Arts on Apr. 23, 2007.

 

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Taken on February 4, 2006