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The night before 元宵, also the night preceding the severe windstorm that hit northern China. I stayed in Dalian that night and had to rush back to Jinshitan 金石灘 the next day around 2pm, sensing it was not the normal Dalian gust, only to discover that 輕軌 (Rapid Rail) was already not operating.

I was glad that I got home on time by one of those mini buses (小客), before it got dark and overly dangerous. I spent the evening in my apartment, twice hit by blackout---poor repair crews!! But other than that, my place was fine, I simply went to bed at 9.

Local public schools were closed on Monday, March 5. Mine is a private boarding school, the first class was cancelled and I baby-sat students for colleagues who were trying their best to take the rough and icy journey of some 20km to get to school from Kaifaqu 開發區.

Winter in Dalian was warmer than usual in 2006/07. A powerful convection storm was formed as the warm front met the cold front. Many of these lights at Labour Park 中山區勞動公園 were blown down. The Mother Buddha statue underneath the TV Tower, as you can see in the centre, toppled. I heard from the news that they managed to restore 70% of the lights later. In fact, fireworks were also planned for the night 元宵 at Xinghai Square 星海廣場, but in light of this horrible weather they moved the event one day ahead--giving people only one day's notice!
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by wwjune | 2007-03-05 15:31 | 大連瑣記

正月十四---再一次來感受大連的夜晚。

以大佈局來說還算弄得不錯﹐給我印象深刻的是兩條紅燈籠長廊﹐帶彎形的燈林徒添氣氛和美感﹐突然想起AKI在Istanbul清真寺照的環狀燈串和ee在北京前海照的霓虹燈﹐覺得自己還是應該好好鍛煉一下攝影技術。

雖說整體觀感不錯﹐但個別的燈飾設計和豬公仔造型﹐還是走不出傳統的框架﹐主題除了吉祥語就是奧運﹐想像力還未放飛﹐最疏忽的是蓮池佛﹐蓮池造了一個圓形﹐但坐在中間的佛像竟不是三維的﹐它後面其實還有一個以西遊記為主題的燈台﹐結果往回看﹐那佛背竟然只是一塊平面板﹗至於煙花﹐放的不過不失﹐不很緊湊。

雖然挑剔了那麼多﹐但難得今年的元宵在週末﹐在公園內逛就儼如走進市中心的一個童話世界﹐最幸運的是天氣預報完全不準﹐雨沒有來﹐一個人也能在那裡待上一個多小時(可惜打鼓表演在休息)﹐還是值得一去的。
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by wwjune | 2007-03-05 08:44 | 大連瑣記