Jun 29

Top 5 Posts from #PlaylandNights

Last Friday saw the return of the super popular Vancouver summer event: Playland Nights (19+).

Whether you are looking for a fun activity with friends or a cute date idea, Playland Nights is great way to celebrate at the end of the week.

This isn’t an ordinary night at the amusement park… There’s are DJs bumpin’ tunes, an axe-throwing challenge*, and multiple bars with hard lemonades, candy floss vodka martinis, and champagne cocktails!

This year’s event features 2 additional entertainment options: challenge your friends to a virtual reality racing game* or if sultry glamour is more your taste, then take in the talented performers at the Kitty Nights burlesque shows (4 shows nightly at 8, 9, 10, 11pm).

If you want to take the experience to the next level, grab a VIP Pass which gets you express park entry, allows you to skip the line (once) at ten different rides including the Beast and Wooden Roller Coaster, plus exclusive access to the VIP Bar!

Visit Playland Nights (19+) for more info or buy your tickets here before 5:00 on event days to save $3.

 *an extra change applies for these attractions


Check out the top 5 Instagram posts from last week’s #PlaylandNights event!

A ton of great shots were taken at the opening week event! Here are a few favourites:

Tay bae all the way everyday

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Are we just really tiny or is the chair just really big? #playlandpark #Vancouver

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If you’re attending an upcoming Playland Nights, use the hashtag #playlandnights!

Dec 30

Five Feature Lanterns

You’ve probably been seeing a lot of photos of the Chinese Lantern Festival at the PNE on social media.

There’s the 200-foot long dragon, the pagoda made from 100,000 dishes, and the giant archway at the corner of Hastings and Renfrew Streets. Below are five notable feature lanterns that you need to see in person to appreciate the craftsmanship, scale and beauty.

Lantern Wheel

Peacock Screen – Powered by Telus PureFibre

Peacocks have been a part of the Chinese culture for centuries and are the embodiment of grace and talent. The peony, known in China as King of Flowers, is graceful, generous, and forgiving. Combined together, the images depict the ideals of luck, wealth, and happiness in this display.

Sea World – Presented by BCAA

The sea is mysterious and home to many peculiar creatures. This lantern is themed with jellyfish, accompanied by fish, sharks, coral reef and algae.

Panda Paradise – Presented by Brian Jessel BMW

Pandas are China’s most precious animal and a national treasure. They live mainly in mountainous areas of Sichuan, Gansu, Shaanxi Provinces. Pandas spread Chinese people’s friendship all over the world as peace ambassadors. Visitors can enjoy the natural beauty of pandas while walking by Panda Paradise.

Prosperous Fish Surplus Year After Year – Presented by London Drugs

China’s many traditional festivals are an important part of Chinese history. The form of each festival contributes to the history and culture of China. The fish is a very famous symbol in Chinese culture. In Chinese, the pronunciation of “fish” is the same as “surplus” so the fish symbolized the hope that people will have bountiful wealth and food in the coming year.

Flying Fairies – Presented by Hastings Racecourse

This lantern group depicts the ancient flying figures found on the walls of the Dunhuang caves in China. The fairies display the grace of elegant female clothing, and feature colourful ribbons fluttering in the air. The Fairies of Dunhuang have been said to be China’s greatest creative work, and a marvel of Earth’s historical art.

Dec 29

Illuminating and Enlightening Lantern Displays

When people visit the Vancouver Chinese Lantern Festival at the PNE, they come expecting to see the beauty of 1,300 individual lit silk structures.

But there’s a lot more to learn about! In addition to the cultural performances, food and beverage options, Westcoast (Ferris) Wheel rides, and market pavilion, the educational experience might be the biggest surprise. Throughout the night, storytellers give tours of five lanterns that have traditional lessons about Chinese history and culture. Below is an introduction to these special displays.

Apricot Altar Lecture

At the Confucian Temple, inside the main doors at the large courtyard, stands one tall and straight Chinese Juniper Tree. Tradition has it, that this tree was planted by Confucius himself. In front of the altar where Confucius gave lectures, are the four apricot trees that his students sat around.

Story of Kong Rong

This Chinese story has taught morals for thousands of years. The story derives from the last years of the East Han dynasty, dating to 200 AD. It is a true story of a younger brother named Kong Rong who always picked smaller pears, while allowing his older brother to take the bigger ones. This story has taught millions of Chinese the virtues of courtesy and modesty.

Wang Xiang Lying on Ice

The story of lying on ice seeking carp fish is an ancient Han Chinese folktale. It originated from the historical writer Gan Bao in his famous book Sou Shen Ji,a book about spirits and immortals. The story tells about Wang Xiang who used to lie on ice to catch carp fish for his step-mother in the winter.

Three Character Classic

Three Character Classic is a precious legacy of ancient Chinese culture. This work is written in short and simple texts arranged in three-character verses for easy pronunciation and memorization. Three Character Classic held onto its popularity for centuries as reading material for young children. Its content covers history, astronomy, geography, mortality, and some folklore. It is said that anyone who knows Three Character Classic well, knows things from all over the world.

The Sage of Calligraphy

Wang Xizhi was the Eastern Jin Dynasty’s greatest calligrapher and his artistic abilities were of the highest skill. Wand Xizhi’s had seven sons. He demanded a strict standard of living of his sons, expecting them to live a hardworking life without extravagance and waste.

The Chinese Lantern Festival at the PNE (Hastings Park in Vancouver) continues through January 21, 2018. Save on tickets when you purchase online.