Last night was lantern festival. Although big on fireworks here this is not such a major thing compared to Taipei. The lanterns follow on from the Lunar New Year and generally seem to mark the end of the new year celebrations. The big event takes place just outside Taipei in Pingshi (平溪區) with paper lanterns with a candle providing the heat to set them going. You write your wishes for the year on them then send them up to the skies.
It is quite amazing that a little tea candle can provide enough heat to lift it.
To round off our week off for the Lunar New Year we took a trip down to the water park and the TV tower. The water park is a massive man made lake with some impressive, but new bridges that look like traditional Chinese/Japanese bridges. The whole thing was built because of Tianjin being an Olympic city. What? You missed that? Tianjin hosted some of the Olympic football and so therefore to be an Olympic city!
The water park is also home to the world's least impressive fun-fair. I am not even slightly sure that I trust Chinese built and maintained roller-coasters even if they were working (Which they weren't!).
First off, I thought Dagu was the swampy planet where Yoda lived! But no! Apparently it is a gun emplacement that defended Beijing's port city (Tianjin). The website describes it thus:
'The Dagu Kou Forts, also called the Taku Forts... [were] built in 1816 to protect Beijing, the capital of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). As a heroic symbol of China's fight against foreign invasion, the emplacement is considered one of the three treasures of Tianjin by its people.' I'll come back to the last sentence in the quote in bit.
Getting there was fun! We took the light rail from Tianjin station (a bargain at 90p for an hour's journey). I do have to say that if you are ever planning to make a film and need a set for that post nuclear apocalypse scene then the place to come and scout for locations is anywhere along the that journey.
I was just messing around with the exposure setting on this and decided that I prefer it with a lot more light in it. You can even see the Eiffel Tower with its spotlight on the right hand edge of the picture.
I then, of course had to do the same with some others...
This will be a blog about my latest shots and what I liked or was trying to do with them
I am a teacher of Economics and have worked in various schools in Europe & Asia. One of the things I love doing is getting out and about with my camera.