Yesterday I took you for a stroll through Singapore’s Chinatown during Mid-Autumn Festival. That was nice, right?, with pretty lanterns and all. Today I am gonna show you the big work: Mid-Autumn Festival at Gardens by the Bay.
I went there last night and it was…wow!
Mid-Autumn Festival @ The Gardens 2014
Imagine vast, lush tropical gardens with spectacular architecture in and around it. It’s evening, dark, humid. The park grounds are filled with people. Not queuing crazy many people, but a lively ambiance.
Enormous lantern displays are sprinkled all over the park, some of which are set up in the waters and lakes in the park.
Come, let me show you around. Oh, and for those in Singapore: you can still visit the Mid-Autumn Festival @The Gardens till the 14th (coming weekend). Don’t miss it; it’s gorgeous! AND it’s free!
Photographic tour along the displays
Ok, here we go:
A magical palace in the water
That palace in the water looks spectacular. Let’s have a closer look, shall we?
You will see beautiful reflections in the water with all the floating lanterns, since it was full moon when I visited.
Taiwan steals the show
Besides the water palace that we just saw, these horses are the highlight of the Mid-Autumn Festival @the Gardens for me. They are a Taiwanese contribution and they are fabulous. Life-sized and in very realistic poses. And they have hair! Hair! I have never before seen that on lanterns. Normally it is a matter of silk fabric glued to rotan sticks or metal wire, so this is very innovative. The effect is supercool!
This girl, walking in/with a canoe, is also from Taiwan. No idea why she is doing this, but I think it’s funny.
National landmarks in lanterns
There are some displays depicting a country, like this one that portrays the Netherlands. Ofcourse extra fun for me, being Dutch;-).
Yep, cows, milkmaids, windmills and tulips is what we’re all about!….NOT, hahaha.
Now let’s see if you recognize the other countries:
More floating lantern displays
Let’s have a better look, shall we? First at the float with the Eight Immortals:
And then there is this huge ship:
I don’t know who are aboard of that ship, but at least there are dolphins jumping around them.
Entertainment along the road
For those who are interested in e.g. music, or are thirsty or hungry, there are ample food-options and there is entertainment of all sorts.
What’s that there? Where? Oh that! That’s the Dragon Fly Bridge, now decorated for the Mid-Autumn Festival at the Gardens by the Bay. I nicknamed it the Heart Bridge, during the festival. Do you agree that that’s a good name? Officially it is temporary renamed in Rainbow Arch. I think mine is a better name;-).
Let’s go up there, ok?
After looking at this bridge from ground level and walking over it, let’s now climb a few levels higher and look down upon the bridge. I bet that looks beautiful!
From my high viewpoint I was able to catch the renewed, revamped sound and light show in the SuperTrees. Together with the lit HeartBridge and the full moon it created a magical backdrop. Wow!
It may be clear from my post that I find this festival at the Gardens by the Bay highly recommended for young and old alike!
Which countries did you recognize?
Oh, and about the depicted countries: tell me in the comments which ones you recognized. The person who sums them all up, or the person with the most correct countries, will receive some very cool, personalized snail mail from me! Suspense!