Travelogue

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.

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Partly could be the adrenaline pumping drum (traditional lion dance music).

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It was the variety of forms and colours that I personally find the lion/dragon dances interesting.

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I saw a group of wild boar, elephant, tiger, monkey etc. less common animals.

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Qi Lin (麒麟) is another common auspicious character.

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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).

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There were more variety of dragons in Johor Bahru Chingay.

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This is a dragon made of rope with fireworks in the mouth. The body was composed of ropes and hulu (葫芦).

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This dragon put up an spectacular fire dragon show at the VIP grandstand. The dragon head caught fire due to the easy combustible materials.

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We were late walking back from the temporary shrine to the grandstand.

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The crowd was overwhelming and no room to stand to get a good glimpse of the performance.

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We hang around for a short while and head back to our hotel before the parade ended.

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Luckily we visited the temporary shrine and took some photos.

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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).

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The guards will be blocking your view so most of the photographers have to climb up to higher ground or bring personal ladder.

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The event photographers were lifted on the sky lift and one users the mini flying camera (remote control) to record video.

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Since this was our first visit to JB Chingay, we were having fun submersing ourselves in the festive mood.

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  Johor Bahru Chingay is truly an amazing event to attend.

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