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Gardens by the Bay Mid-Autumn Festival 2018

Lanterns, a golden tree, and moonlight serenading at Gardens by the Bay Mid-Autumn Festival 2018
Mid-Autumn @ Gardens by the Bay 2018 | The Phoenix and the Peony

Elaborate lanterns, a golden tree, and moonlight serenading at Gardens by the Bay Mid-Autumn Festival 2018.


Long, long ago, during my primary school days to be exact, a substitute teacher of mine joked about how the Chinese would soon stop celebrating Mid-Autumn festival.

Wait a minute, the man wasn’t joking; he was actually dead serious. His rationale was, you know, because the Americans so unceremoniously visited the moon in ’69 and found it to be quite the lifeless rock.

He was dissing Chinese myths, in other words; I only realised that years later.

Well, it’s 2018, and Chinese communities throughout the world are still celebrating Mid-Autumn festival. In the case of Singapore, I guess it’s because it’s an opportunity to remember one of our heritages and to do some tourism promotion/sales?

Besides, romantic full moon and lanterns and (hipster) mooncakes leh! Got better marketing combination ‘anot? LOL. Right, right, was just ranting to fill up the text for this post. Here are some pics from Gardens by the Bay Mid-Autumn Festival 2018. The entire attraction was packed last night because of opening celebrations.

Day shot of the star display, “Leaping over the Dragon’s Gate.” According to Garden’s website, this spans an impressive 70m.
Another feature display. This one is named “The Phoenix and the Peony” and is at the Supertree Grove.
The Golden Wishing Tree! For a small fee, you could hang a Mid-Autumn wish on this. (Tree was blaring the main theme from Castle in the Sky when I was photographing it)
The Phoenix and the Peony illuminated. The close-up version is at the top of this post, of course.
This year’s “tunnel of lights” at the main entrance. The colours of the lanterns constantly change, by the way.
Another very elaborate lantern display at the Dragonfly Lake.
This feels very autumn-y and Japanese hanatorou, doesn’t it? This was one of the lantern-lit alleys leading to the Supertree Grove during the Garden Rhapsody: Tales of the Moon performance.

Of note, Garden Rhapsody: Tales of the Moon replaces the usual evening time light-and-music show during Mid-Autumn @ Gardens by the Bay 2018. Might I highlight the music selection was simply wonderful. Not only were all songs moon-related, there was a mix of the East and West too.

For example, there were “Fly Me to the Moon” and “Moon River.” There was also Teresa Teng’s Yue Liang Dai Biao Wo De Xin. (The President Ong Teng Cheong song for some of us older Singaporeans)

Apart from Garden Rhapsody: Tales of the Moon, there are also nightly cultural performances, with double sessions on weekends. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get anywhere near the stage for a decent shot, no thanks to crowds. And so I don’t have any decent picture of those.

Lots and lots of lanterns at the Colonnade. Display aptly named “A Colonnade of Lights.”
The Food Street for Gardens by the Bay Mid-Autumn Festival 2018. Didn’t enjoyed this section, though, as it was rather smoky and greasy.
Illuminated spectacle of “Leaping over the Dragon’s Gate.”
Sky Lanterns. I love how the smaller lanterns, when illuminated in blue, resembled clouds.

 Gardens by the Bay Mid-Autumn Festival 2018 is ongoing till Sep 24, 2018. Check the official website for details.
Please visit my Disney Tsum Tsum Mid-Autumn in Singapore and Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2018 posts too!

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Singapore’s latest festive light-up is on! It’s moonlight serenading time at Gardens by the Bay Mid-Autumn Festival 2018.
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