My fondest memory: sitting on...
My fondest memory: sitting on the square with fresh sushi and fruit, listening to a concert band from Perth playing feel good music. Hard to copy, I know, but it can be so great to just get some food and drink and sit somewhere and watch what is happening around you. Chch is great for this, with the square and the Avon river.
Chinese Lantern Festival on Victoria Square
Date for 2010:
6 and 7 March (Sat/Sun)
In 2008 they were terribly unlucky with this two day festival in early March. We had great weather all the time, and when the Chinese New Year’s celebrations started rain started pouring down on Christchurch, and the temperatures dropped.
I had been on Victoria Square in the days leading up to the festival, and was absolutely fascinated by the colourful silk lanterns they installed in the park, along and in the river, and on the trees. There were big dragons and small ducks, an elephant, a giraffe, a zebra, and flowers floating on the Avon, figures in all shapes and sizes. I wanted to attend the festival, be even more fascinated by the illuminated lanterns, and enjoy the Chinese food. But then I preferred to stay at home and turn on the heater, and the second day of the festival was even cancelled. What a pity after all this preparation and the huge effort of installing the figures. So I was happy that I had walked to Victoria Square several times and seen most of the great lanterns that were more artworks than just lanterns. There were animals, flowers, trees, musicians, insects – and just lanterns ;-)
As said, the Lantern Festival is part of the Chinese New Year’s celebration. This dates back to the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 221 AD). It is usually held on the 15th day of the first month of the lunar calendar. This year is the year of the rat. In modern times the Lantern Festival is also referred to as the Chinese Valentine’s Day because in former times it gave young people the rare chance of going out and meet.
In Auckland they also have a Chinese Lantern Festival every year.
This year (2010) in Auckland: 26 to 28 February (Fri - Sun), 5pm to 10.30pm daily, at Albert Park.
It's really a...
It's really a wonderful peninsula. Take your time especially if you like to walk.
See my Travelogue for more informations.
Thanks to RICHMORS for helping me editing the picture.
Varieties of breads
Bakers Delight have skilled bakers producing bread all day 7 days a week, from 7.00 to 19.00. Croissants,
Pane Di Casa
White Tank loaves,
Country Grain, Fig, and Fruit,
Apple and Apricot Ring,
Plus many many more varieties Very reasonable prices
The Airport Bus takes you direct from Christchurch airport into the Cathedral Square in the middle of town. Cost is $7 so it's a cheapish ride though you have to carry your bag - the $5 bus is a cheaper option so check that out first.
Once in the Square you are on Worcester St and, unless you have accommodation booked you have a couple of easy options - cross the road and past Simply NZ to the Information Centre where the team will find you a bed or you can go straight ahead from the bus stop and past the Police Kiosk, cross at the pedestrian crossing and go right - there is a backpackers in the corner, beside Warners. If you want a YHA, go left at the pedestrian crossing, right onto Glocester St and left onto Manchester St - a walk of about 5 minutes - the YHA is on the left hand side of the road, just past the Fish and Chip shop.