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Sydney February 2015 – 2016 (7 photos)

Once upon a time, a young Draco and his peaceful home were threatened and in self-defence, he defeated the invading armies of the first Emperor of China. With his dying breath, the Emperor promised that revenge would eventually be his. In secret, a great host was trained with one purpose, to exact revenge upon Draco.

And so a great host of Wabbits, highly skilled in the martial arts was sent to find Draco, and they challenged him in combat.

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Life imitates art

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The battle raged long into the night, until finally…

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Draco was victorious once again, banishing the wascally wawwior wabbits to whence they came.

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Draco let out a roar.
And the people were happy and they celebrated long into the night.

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But the battle was not over yet.
If only they knew the full fury of the Emperor, and what horror was yet to come …

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This year for the Chinese New Year celebrations, 14 rabbit lanterns in silk waist coats appeared in the forecourt of Customs House, practicing Tai Chi. They were created by Claudia Chan Shaw.

Three illuminated wise monkeys appeared next to the Sydney Opera House, designed by Laurens Tan. The Sydney Opera House was bathed in red light and a fireworks display occurred on Chinese New Year’s Eve.

The iconic dragon lantern next to the Sydney Harbour Bridge was designed by Fan Dongwang. The bridge was also illuminated with red light.

The other 9 animals of the Chinese zodiac appeared in various locations around the city.

The Terracotta Army lanterns were a display from last year’s Chinese New Year festivities.

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Attack of the Wascally Wawwior Wabbits

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100 thoughts on “Attack of the Wascally Wawwior Wabbits

  1. Brilliant text to go along with the stunning images, Dragon. I take the monkeys beside the Opera House were shining blue, yellow and green… Perfectly timed to shoot the fireworks. Happy Year of the Monkey, and hope it’s a prosperous one for you πŸ™‚

    • Thank you, Paula. I didn’t know there were going to be fireworks and I just happened to be in a good viewing spot. All those photos were handheld so I was lucky to get a couple of good ones. The Chinese New Year celebrations were particularly large and colourful this year; perhaps the start of a new celebratory tradition here.

  2. Totally iwwesistable… I bet spell check was going crazy on this post LD… Loved how the people performed on cue for you to get the perfect life imitating art shots.

  3. Love love love this post with your fabulous storytelling and beautiful images πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ
    Aren’t they fantastic installations?! I’m so glad you were there so we could see them all. Awesome!

  4. So good Draco! I enjoyed seeing all 12 lanterns but you really bring the magic alive here. My favorite one is the “Life Imitates Art” image with the model and the bunny peering from the Customs House balcony. And oh those fireworks. I have a few photos from my tour of the lanterns that may make my Instagram, but none are as beautiful as yours. Wish I’d gotten to see the warriors last year. Magnificient.

    • Glad you saw them too. And glad you noticed the balcony bunny – I think a few people on location didn’t see him. I hope you took in some of the food too – that’s the best bit. πŸ™‚

  5. I think the wascially wawwior wabbits are my favourite πŸ˜€ So glad to see some of your night shots too. I didn’t manage to head out when the Harbour Bridge and Opera House were illuminated red, but I knew a certain Dragon would be able to capture the magic for us all πŸ˜‰

  6. What a lot of huge wabbits!!! πŸ˜€ And bursting with colour. I love the one with the little girl, reminds me of a favourite story girl called Alice. She’s even wearing a blue dress too – perfect shot!!

    And the Terracotta Army have been reinvented, it’s like something out of Doctor Who. Would be quite scary if they suddenly started moving forward!! :o0

    • There is a strong hint of Alice there. Too bad the wabbits didn’t have pocket watches. πŸ™‚

      Yes, if the eyes of the Terracotta Army moved, I may have collapsed on the spot. πŸ™‚

  7. Love it! Once I saw a whole army of terracotta warriors walking down Nanjing Lu in Shanghai in warrior-like precision. I just happened to step out of the metro in time to witness it. Street art, real life warriors dressed in grey…. it was mesmerising but unfortunately I lost the phone with the photo in…. 😦
    FYI, in a different timeline, SHU defeats QIN, with the help of a dragon ( from Yunnan)….. ( a novel im trying to revise, edit, write….)

    Happy Monkey Year !

      • It was amazing. I was mesmerised. It was truly like the Warriors had come to life, all dressed in grey, hairstyles just like the real ones, and faces as immobile as the real ones, making robotish style movements as they marched down Shanghai streets. Would have made a great pic for the ‘life versus art’ challenge.:)

  8. very interesting, I love reading and looking at photos about the Chinese New Year (it is not marked here, as there are no Chinese communities)… do you happen to know why is the color red so important? I can see even the army is red…

    • From wikipedia: Red, corresponding with fire, symbolizes good fortune and joy. Red is found everywhere during Chinese New Year and other holidays and family gatherings. A red envelope is a monetary gift which is given in Chinese society during holiday or special occasions. The red color of the packet symbolizes good luck. Red is strictly forbidden at funerals as it is a traditionally symbolic color of happiness. In modern China, red remains a very popular color and is affiliated with and used by the Communist government.

      Here, almost every suburb has one or more Chinese grocery stores and restaurants. There are several chinese, japanese, thai, other asian, indian, greek, italian and turkish restaurants in my suburb and surrounding suburbs. There’s also a jewish synagogue, a greek church and many others. It’s very multi-cultural here.

  9. I only searched for ‘Tai Chi’ and found your great photos of the rabbits! Now the rabbits are doing a snake. But what is your move?☺Looks like yoga to me☺☺

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