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Magpies Welcoming the Spring in a Pine Tree

Exhibit Features

Situated in the center of Lichi Pond in Hsinchu Park, the lantern shows the city’s symbols - three magpies - flying up Shibajian Mountain from a black pine tree, which also represents Hsinchu City. A big goldfish also jumps out from underneath the water. The two sides of the lantern show silhouettes of Yingxi Gate, the city’s famous landmark. When the lantern is lit, it looks like the first ray of the sun in the spring going through the gate, symbolizing welcoming the blissful Year of the Ox.

During the Lantern Festival, there will be magnificent moving light and sound displays that will impress visitors. The lantern will project itself beautifully over the pond, looking like a pair of magpies flying together near the water surface.

Exhibition info

Time: Feb. 26 (Fri.) - March 7 (Sun.)

Place: Checheng Log Pond (No.110-2, Minquan Lane, Checheng Village, Shuili Township, Nantou County)(Transport)

Event: Every 30 or 60 minutes from 6 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. during the display period, a light and sound show will be held.

  • Magpies Welcoming the Spring in a Pine Tree
  • Magpies Welcoming the Spring in a Pine Tree

A Calf Standing on Top of a Winners’ List

Exhibit Features

The lantern“A Calf Standing on Top of a Winners’ List” at Hsinchu’s Confucius Temple Square celebrates the Year of the Ox. Since according to an old tradition, the hair of an ox symbolizes the hair of wisdom, and Lord Wenchang rides an ox, the lantern especially takes the shape of a “winning calf” for students who come to ask for blessings at the temple.

The lantern depicts a calf, which symbolizes a student getting ready for exams, wearing a red scholar’s garment with golden details. The hat it wears is called the “imperial scholar’s hat,” and the pen it holds, known as the “Wenchang pen,” symbolizes wisdom and academic establishment. In front of it is a plate of dumplings which represent “absolute success.” There are writings which say “success all the way” and “qualified for exams.”

Since many students come to the temple for blessings and divinations, a special event entitled “Throwing Dumplings for Exam Success” will be held. Students are free to purchase dumpling bracelets inspired by a range of imperial scholar titles. They may also take blessing cards to wish for academic success, especially good luck on examination days.

Exhibition info

Time: Feb. 26 (Fri.) -April 5 (Mon.)

Place: Beimen Visitor Center Plaza (No.200, Beimen Neighborhood, Beimen District, Tainan City)(Transport)

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Last Updated: 2021/03/19
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