Indra’s blog; About the Giant Lanterns of China in Edinburgh Zoo
This weekend we went to see the Giant Lanterns of China in Edinburgh Zoo. It was beautiful and is to be recommended. Last year was our first visit to the Lanterns, but we combined it with a stay in the hotel next to it and a visit to the Zoo itself the day after. I have to say that the Zoo in winter was quite a bit of a disappointment to us. It was very cold and the boys did not really understand why most animals where sleeping and therefor not visible. So this year we decided to just go for the Lanterns as we had enjoyed them a lot. And to be honest, it was better than last year. We were lucky with the weather as the cold was not really bad from a Scottish point of view in winter. The theme was a bit more magical and our youngest (who is now 2.5 years old) was really enchanted by it all as well. He thought it was a bit like Christmas. Both boys had great joy in recognising the animals and found it hilarious that my eldest turned out to be a Snake and the youngest a Monkey in the Chinese Zodiac.
Escape into a world of folktales and fantasy with over 450 beautifully crafted lanterns lighting a magical trail through the Zoo. For 50 legendary nights, we’ll be home to unicorns, giants, kelpies and even the Loch Ness Monster, alongside animals past and present.
The event runs until the 17th of February, but is not on every night. So if you have a chance to go and see it, please do so, but check out the diary before hand.
I would not be me if I did not try to find a Chinese proverb about smiles to go with these beautiful lanterns. I found a few. The ‘When a woman talks to you, smile but do not listen‘ did not really do it for me. My winners were;
- Every smile makes you a day younger.
- You are somebody’s reason to smile.
- Use your smile to change the world; don’t let the world change your smile
I think that is enough positivity to leave you with for now. Go Smiling! Seeing some pretty lanterns might help…. if not, come and see us!