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.

Dec 15

Come Hungry to the Vancouver Chinese Lantern Festival

With the Vancouver Chinese Lantern Festival now underway, we wanted to give you a preview of the foods and beverage options available at the event!

There will be five food trucks with a number of delicious food options for the entire family! Take a look below for the different food trucks and their feature offering.

Beaver Tails

Beaver Tails are cooked fresh and served piping hot with the decadent toppings of your choice! With toppings such as the Classic Cinnamon & Sugar or the Triple Trip, which includes chocolate hazelnut spread topped with Reese’s Pieces and peanut butter, there’s something for all levels of indulgence!

Dim Sum Express

Tang Yuan; a dessert made from glutinous rice flour mixed with water to form balls that are then cooked in boiling water. These are served with a sweet syrup that can have different flavors, although ginger is often a component. Try these at the Dim Sum Express truck at the Vancouver Chinese Lantern Festival!

Foot Long Hotdogs

The Foot Long Hot Dog food truck has an Asian inspired option just for you! Snack on a Garlic Hoisin Shrimp Super Footlong while checking out the beautiful lanterns.

Red Velvet Mini Donuts

Who can resist a bag (or skewer) of these amazingly delicious mini donuts! Get the classic cinnamon and sugar or step up your game with the red velvet donuts on a skewer drizzled in cream-cheese glaze!


Grab a pound of wings while you roam the PNE Grounds at the Vancouver Chinese Lantern Festival. The feature wings flavour for this event is the Shangyuan Honey Sriracha!

Specialty Drinks

The Baristas at the Starry North beverage hut have created some distinctive drinks to warm you up. In addition to cappuccinos and hot chocolate, you can also add Baileys, Kahlua or Bourbon to your drink for an added glow. There will also be Hot Toddies, Hot Buttered Rum, Tsingtao Beer and wine available.

Don’t forget to include us in any of your Vancouver Chinese Lantern Festival adventures via our social channels: @PNE_Playland #VancouverLanternFestival