PHOTOS: Lantern Festival shines at Seattle Chinese Garden

(WSB photos by Meghan Jones. Above, Katie Yuen served sweet brown-sugar dumplings in ginger broth)

The rain (mostly) stopped just in time for a festival – today’s Lantern Festival at Seattle Chinese Garden. Photojournalist Meghan Jones was there for WSB. A highlight: A scavenger hunt celebrating the Year of the Rat, with children 12 and under looking around the garden to locate 12 hidden “rats”:

One young festivalgoer found a rat on the garden’s Dragon Seeker statue:

Kids who located all 12 are entered into a trophy drawing planned later this week. Meantime, if you preferred to watch and listen, you had much to enjoy as well: Sharon Chuen sang traditional Cantonese opera to guests in the garden’s Knowing the Spring Courtyard:

Also in the courtyard, Tai Chi was demonstrated by Julian Leung:

And yes, there were lanterns at the Lantern Festival – Aolani Chan helped guests of all ages make paper lanterns:

You don’t have to wait for the next festival to visit the garden – it’s open dawn to dusk daily, on the north end of the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus, at 6000 16th SW on Puget Ridge.

4 Replies to "PHOTOS: Lantern Festival shines at Seattle Chinese Garden"

  • Haps February 9, 2020 (7:10 am)

    Great photos. I’m sorry I missed this cool event. I visited the Garden last fall for the first time and loved it. It’s such a special place and we are fortunate it is in West Seattle. 

  • Belvidear February 9, 2020 (7:50 am)

    Gorgeous photos!

  • Jeff February 9, 2020 (6:39 pm)

    Love the photographs, it’s like I was there! Hiding the rats for the kids was a great idea. The photo with the space needle in the background is my favorite. 

  • Gary Tribble February 10, 2020 (9:54 am)

    Thank you for such great coverage of this event.  FYI, about 60 very excited children 12 and under coveted in the scavenger hunt for rats chasing this trophy donated by GBC Bank, the Official International Bank of the Seattle Chinese Garden.

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