Winnipegers are treated to Chinese ingenuity, craftmanship, culture and food at the Lights of the North without having to leave the city.
Dubbed as Canada’s largest Chinese Lantern festival, the four million worth of venture showcases a variety of Chinese lantern displays illuminated by millions of multi-colored LED lights.
Each exhibit brings a touch of Chinese culture such as the polar bear with little pieces of ping pong balls attached or the 200-foot-long dragon comprising of over 100,000 pieces signifying Chinese symbols.
You may be wondering how many people took part to create the amazing displays scattered in over 10 acres venue.
About 75 to 100 Chinese artisans shared their skills over the period of six to eight weeks.
Traditional Chinese symbols such as Pandas, animals in the zodiac sign, dragon, Chinese temple and many others will give a feel of a Chinese cultural experience.
The massive animatronic dinosaur display and a maze for kids will surely make them wander and wonder.
You will also see towering structures of designed light artwork depicting some of Manitoba icons such as the Canadian Human rights museum or the legislative building.
Lights of the North also provides a venue to show off many talents in a variety of traditional Chinese performances that include acrobatics, Kongfu, Sichuan Opera, fire breathing, plate spinning, kicking bowls and Chinese folk dances and more.
Also available are the booths featuring collectibles items and traditional crafts as souvenir for a fee.
This year signifies a strong bond between Canada and China being Year of Canada-China Tourism. The year 2018 also marks the 30th anniversary of Winnipeg and Chengdu
becoming sister cities.
Lights of the North runs from August 31 to October 14 at the Red River Exhibitoin Park in Assiniboia Downs.
Entrance is from $18 to $25. For more info, please clickhttps://lightsofthenorth.ca/
(Some photos were taken from the official Lights of the North website).