Chinese New Year at the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens probably wasn’t the best time to finally get moving again, but of course, my planning isn’t always topnotch.   I really should pay more attention to details!  Still, it was a lovely day for an outing, and I survived the walking.  The Festival was a pleasant surprise.

The Chinese Garden

One of the highlights of the Huntington’s attractions is the Chinese Garden.  It has been undergoing renovations since summer 2018, and the new pavilions are about ready to open this spring.  As I wandered around the lake I had trouble remembering what it things looked like during my 2018 visit.  Funny, it doesn’t seem that long ago.

Pavilion near the lake in the Chinese Garden

Pavilion near the lake in the Chinese Garden

Was this building always there, or is it new?  I can’t be sure; I need to get out more.  One thing is certain, the Chinese Garden looked lovely during the festival.

Red Chinese Lantern hanging from a tree

Red Chinese Lantern hanging from a tree

Chinese lanterns, in bright red, were dangling from many trees adding color to the scene.  They made everything feel happy and lucky!

Martial Arts at the Huntington

As I roamed the Huntington grounds, I stumbled upon a Washu Tai Chi demonstration.  As the taiko drums beat, the teams performed on the lawn in front of the Scott Galleries of American Art.

Tai Chi demonstration at the Huntington

Tai Chi demonstration at the Huntington

In all honesty, I don’t know the difference between Washu and Tai Chi.  It may be the same thing.  I do know that the performances were captivating and colorful.  I think I heard that the teams would be going to competition soon.

A Tiny Garden

The New Year Festival is over, but one can still explore the Chinese Garden.  I suggest you also visit the Japanese Garden and the Bonsai Exhibit.  I usually miss the latter, so I made an effort this year.  I’m glad I did.

Branch of a bonsai elm with a tiny leaf.

Branch of a bonsai elm with a tiny leaf.

The tree was less than two feet tall, so this leaf was only about a quarter of an inch long.

I hope you get a chance to visit the gardens.  They are one of the best in the Los Angeles area.  Next week I’ll write about my other adventure at the Huntington.  Until then, please feel free to click here to see my photo gallery.

Happy New Year!

 

 

 

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