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Majestic Beasts, Old Tales Light Up Gardens By The Bay This Mid-Autumn Festival

As if Gardens By The Bay isn’t already IG-worthy, along comes this year’s picturesque Mid-Autumn Festival celebration.

Themed “Legacies”, the vivid display of ancient well-known Chinese stories and traditions includes a huge archway formed by the sinuous curves of a resplendent, brightly-hued Chinese dragon; an over-120m-stretch of floating lanterns inspired by 山水画 (Chinese landscape paintings); and a colonnade of hand-painted lanterns that make this spectacle so perfect for photo ops.

Stretching over 120m, this is Gardens By The Bay's longest display of floating lanterns ever.Photo: Nick Chee
Detail of the above scene that is inspired by Chinese landscape paintings.Photo: Nick Chee
Begin your walk through the gardens with this impressive dragon, which, you will realise as you walk through it, is a dragon dance.Photo: Nick Chee
Detail of three huge Chinese vases depicting all 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac.Photo: Nick Chee
Puppetry, Chinese opera and familiar Chinese instruments come together in this tableau of performing arts.Photo: Nick Chee
There are hand-painted lanterns galore hanging overhead in a colonnade of lights that illuminate your night stroll.Photo: Nick Chee
Step into this arena just below the supertrees to view the mid-autumn love story of Chang Er and Hou Yi on a massive rotating lantern.Photo: Nick Chee

Traditional lantern riddles (aptly uttered by a sagely old uncle), a yummy food street, cultural performances, and a 30sqm canitlevered lantern-inspired pavilion designed by Assistant Professors Carlos Banon and Felix Raspall (co-founders of AIRLAB at the Singapore University of Technology and Design) round up the luminous offerings at this event.

But one of our fave highlights that is guaranteed to be fun for the whole family is the mass lantern walk happening on 14 Sep 2019 (Sat). Best part: participants will get a free LED lantern each (limited to one lantern per participant, while stocks last). 

The light-up happens from 7pm to 11pm daily until 15 Sep 2019, and is absolutely free.

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