On Monday night, we checked out the Winter Solstice Lantern Festival at the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden. It started at 6:30 and we entered to look at hundreds of lanterns lit up with real candles. It seemed a little dangerous considering the lanterns were made out of paper but beautiful nonetheless.
My favorite lanterns were the roses floating in the water. The picture does not do them justice. They were seriously beautiful. I had a hard time taking pictures with my camera in the dark without a tripod but below you can see a picture of them. Absolutely stunning in person.
After we walked around the garden, we saw some drummers jamming outside. Everyone was happy and dancing, even though it was so freaking cold. Vancouver's Chinatown seemed a little different from the one in San Francisco. It looked more business oriented compared to residential. However, this observation might be completely wrong because we only saw it at night time.
All in all, I had a lot of fun going around looking at the lanterns and attempting to take pictures. Now that I think about it, I've never heard of a Winter Solstice Festival before. Maybe I've been living under a rock? Are there other places that have them?