2013.2 農曆年 | 文咸西街 bonham strand & 高陞街 ko sheng street
in the old days, during chinese new year, shops would hang “imperial lanterns”. for one to decorate the neighborhood, to brighten up the street, also to show its taste and class. shops with sophisticated lanterns earn more respect of passersby in their hearts.
sadly, in recent years, red lantern is growing in popularity. only shops with older history and of traditional business still keep to the more noble and elegant custom.
as the name suggested, this type of lantern was used in palaces in the ancient china. the frame is made from quality hard wood, and engraved with dragon or phoenix. it is like miniature architecture, with six or eight faces. each face is drawn with auspicious creatures or well-known characters.
趙光利參茸行 chiu kwong lee; 百昌堂藥行 pak cheong tong; 益大行 three ways trader