How To Launch a Chinese Sky Lantern

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How To Launch a Chinese Sky Lantern

Unread postby master » Fri Dec 24, 2010 9:33 pm

[center]How To Launch a Chinese Sky Lantern[/center]

[center]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTWC5pm29C0[/center]

History
According to popular lore, the Kongming Lantern (Chinese: 孔明灯) was the first hot air balloon, said to be invented by the sage and military strategist Zhuge Liang, whose reverent term of address (i.e. Chinese style name) was Kongming. They were first deployed at the turn of the 3rd century as a type of signaling balloon or, it is claimed, as a type of spy blimp in warfare. Alternatively the name may come from the lantern's resemblance to the hat Kongming is traditionally shown to be wearing.

In ancient China, sky lanterns were strategically used in wars. However later on, non-military applications were employed as they became popular with children at carnivals. These lanterns were subsequently incorporated into festivals like the Chinese Mid-Autumn and Lantern Festivals. Pingsi in the Taipei County of Taiwan holds an annual Lantern Festival in which sky lanterns are released.

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Re: How To Launch a Chinese Sky Lantern

Unread postby master » Sat Dec 25, 2010 7:13 pm

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[center]萬千祝福飛上天~2008平溪國際天燈節(2008 Lantern Festival)[/center]

[center]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7gqbmUPZgM[/center]



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