China Light Festival in Rhenen (Netherlands)

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Bengy @bengyJanuary 2019 · 4 min read

This last week was the last week of holidays (vacation for those who speak alternate English...) for our kids. We've had a pretty action packed time away from school, visiting heaps of places and eating out until we've been too full to walk... all because my mother (their grandmother) has been visiting from Australia! Whilst out on one of our restaurant trips to a Chinese restaurant in Den Haag (future @tasteem review...), my mother picked up a whole bunch of Chinese language newspapers to read. In one of the papers, she saw an advertisement for a "China Lights Festival" in the Rhenen, Netherlands.

Anyway, it looked pretty interesting so we looked it up. It was a night lights show running for a couple of weeks at the Ouwehands Zoo in Rhenen (which co-incidentally is pretty close to the "mountain" of The Netherlands, Laarschenberg, which stands at a mighty 48 metres above sea level!

Side tracked... anyway, we made a plan to visit it, as it was slightly over an hour away by car and it seemed like a nice thing from the write-up in the newspaper!

Headings

  1. Wow!
  2. The First Stop
  3. Animals
  4. Plants
  5. Minerals

Wow!

When we arrived, we were pretty surprised to see the entire car park completely packed (we had arrived right on the opening time of 1730). In fact, I was a bit confused as Google had directed me around some pretty dark country roads to get here, I was actually starting to doubt the map directions... but it was all to avoid the crazy backed up traffic that was leading into the zoo!

As we got out and started to walk into the zoo, we were greeted with this great pieces! No wonder the place was completely packed!

... and these were the displays that were on show BEFORE we passed the ticket gate!

First stop

The very first stop after the entrance was a bit of a tour de force of colours and spectacle! Needless to say, there was a giant bottleneck here as everyone immediately stopped to take photos (me included...). There was also a dragon dance as well, so there was ample opportunity to get stuck here!

ANIMALS!

Okay, it's going to be a touch too long to break it down by stations (there were about 30 of main display stations, plus lots of little ones!). So, I'll just split them into larger categories. So, we are in a zoo, so it only makes sense to have this section of animals! Actually, it was quite easy to forget that it was a zoo, as all the animals were asleep and there were no sounds from them! Between the stations, it was pitch black... but I wonder if the animals were bothered by all the people wandering around....

For the Vegetarians!

Okay, let's not leave out the plant lovers! There were also heaps of floral and other displays on show as well, which were just as impressive as the animal ones!

Minerals?

.... sorry, lame joke... this is more a grouping of the photos that were neither animal or plant based! Mostly just display art and such things... also beautiful! So, this category also ties up the post! Hope you enjoyed the photos! They were really great displays, and we were so happy that we made the journey out to see them! Our kids were a bit grumpy after the long car ride, well, they had fallen asleep, and they were a bit grumpy at being woken up! However, as soon as they saw the lights they were crazily entranced!


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jaichai
JaiChai @jaichaiJanuary 2019

Thanks for the great narrative and awesome images.

Loved the mushroom light statues.

Namaste, JaiChai


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bengy
Bengy @bengyJanuary 2019

Ha ha! Not the pandas! Everyone likes the pandas!


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Wow! Spectacular photos! The photos were so clear I felt I was right there! I love the Pandas and the bird cages are so cool! Thank you for sharing such an event with us! I bet it was even more amazing in person!


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bengy
Bengy @bengyJanuary 2019

No problem! It was beautiful to see in person! We were also lucky it didn't rain and it wasn't too cold!


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I still cannot believe that Holiday vacation is over. I had two weeks of vacation but still dragging myself getting back to reality. Hey this lights festival is amazing. Thank you so much for the tons of photos that you shared. I am really amazed with all the designs and I wish we had something like that here.


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bengy
Bengy @bengyJanuary 2019

We are still in a bit of sluggish holiday mode... I was quite stunned by how good the display was! I really wasn't expecting something that spectacular!


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Whoa! That is way cool. I've never seen such an incredible display of lights. It looks like a pretty fun spot for an acid trip. lol!


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bengy
Bengy @bengyJanuary 2019

Ha ha... I wouldn't know! But I gather it could also turn into a nightmare as well!


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Stunning photos of a wide range of this spectacular China Light Festival @bengy. So much work must have gone into making them (as well as your post) and I'm glad you were generous with showing us this memorable display. I thoroughly enjoyed this blog.


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bengy
Bengy @bengyJanuary 2019

Thanks! It was such a great evening... and it was stunning to see all the displays! The colour and lights were just something else!


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Your quality photography made me feel as though I was there, enjoying all the wonderful details. Have a great day!


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bboyady
bboyady @bboyadyJanuary 2019

Wow. The panda so cute


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bengy
Bengy @bengyJanuary 2019

Yes, those were the favourites of many people I think!


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bboyady
bboyady @bboyadyJanuary 2019

Yes, for sure


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WOW!! I didn't know that something like this was happening in the Netherlands! It looks amazing. I can't even pick up my favorite :)


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bengy
Bengy @bengyJanuary 2019

Pandas... I think most people choose the pandas! I liked the birds in the cage though..


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guchtere
Remy @guchtereJanuary 2019

Driving every weekend to my GF passing by the entrance of the zoo, and you're totally right the entrance is already very nice! But after seeing your images I should find a spot in my agenda to get in. Till when are the lights there? Great post!

We'll meet Sunday?


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bengy
Bengy @bengyJanuary 2019

I think you missed it, I have a feeling it finished last Sunday! I'm not sure about the meet up in Rotterdam this weekend, my mother is out from Australia, and so we might have family plans! But perhaps the next one!


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gargi
gargi @gargiJanuary 2019

wow... it's beautiful ... really wanna visit here.. as i love animals so much.. ..


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bengy
Bengy @bengyJanuary 2019

It really was a great lighting display! I've never seen anything like it!


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