A Greener Mid-Autumn Festival

Bringing the Symphony of the Lights from Victoria Harbour to Victoria Park, the “Rising Moon” highlights a sustainable way to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival.

The Mid-Autumn Festival isn’t until the 19th of September, but Victoria Park is already rife with colours. Walking along the sports ground, red, white, and pink lights arranged themselves in a ceiling as people mingle about, taking out their phones and snapping photos up and about. Lanterns in the shapes of classic Hong Kong culture – hawker stands selling food and yum cha delicacies. Thankfully, the hot summer air forgo’d its possession of the night, letting the tourists, local and foreign alike, to mingle and make memories together amongst the mid-autumn festival of lights…

Of all the lanterns being displayed, there is no denying that one2free, a mobile phone company’s “Rising Moon” takes the show. Its hemispherical shape, reminiscent of the Hong Kong Space Museum in Kowloon, is made of reused plastic bottles, its size being of litres and gallons. Best seen at night (obviously), it provides a colourful light show. Doors open at 8pm for visitors to walk in and take pictures of themselves from its interior. I have managed to take a photo of it from afar.

The Rising Moon is a sustainable addition to the Mid-Autumn Festival.

The Rising Moon is a sustainable addition to the Mid-Autumn Festival.

If you are in the Hong Kong area, you should definitely visit Victoria Park and take a walk around within the “Rising Moon” before September 19. Come September 19 is the Mid-Autumn Festival proper, and it will definitely be packed to the brim. Make the most of the nights between now and then and visit Victoria Park now, and celebrate the festival proper at home with mooncakes and finding the lunar rabbit on the moon.

“A Greener Mid-Autumn Festival” is published on September 16, 2013, which is part of my muses. Read more about Vincent Wong’s work at https://vincentwongwanders.wordpress.com.

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