Johor Bahru Chingay 2014 柔佛古庙游神 (Part 3)
Many foreign visitors (especially kids) are fascinated with the lion dance and dragon dance.
Partly could be the adrenaline pumping drum (traditional lion dance music).
It was the variety of forms and colours that I personally find the lion/dragon dances interesting.
I saw a group of wild boar, elephant, tiger, monkey etc. less common animals.
Qi Lin (麒麟) is another common auspicious character.
Horses remain the zodiac of the year in 2014. There was one new ‘species’ created by merging dragon and horse together (龙马精神).
There were more variety of dragons in Johor Bahru Chingay.
This is a dragon made of rope with fireworks in the mouth. The body was composed of ropes and hulu (葫芦).
This dragon put up an spectacular fire dragon show at the VIP grandstand. The dragon head caught fire due to the easy combustible materials.
We were late walking back from the temporary shrine to the grandstand.
The crowd was overwhelming and no room to stand to get a good glimpse of the performance.
We hang around for a short while and head back to our hotel before the parade ended.
Luckily we visited the temporary shrine and took some photos.
The grandstand is designed for VIP. Public visitors do not have good view due to the overwhelming crowd (unless you wait at the good spot 3-4 hours prior to the event).
The guards will be blocking your view so most of the photographers have to climb up to higher ground or bring personal ladder.
The event photographers were lifted on the sky lift and one users the mini flying camera (remote control) to record video.
Since this was our first visit to JB Chingay, we were having fun submersing ourselves in the festive mood.
Johor Bahru Chingay is truly an amazing event to attend.