Saturday, August 18, 2012

The Emperor Of China

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According to Mel Brooks, "It's good to be the king." He was playing Louis XIV in a movie at the time.  No doubt the Emperor of China would agree.  All the luxuries the world has to offer, everybody sucking up to you, absolute power, even two nice young ladies to fan you when you're boiling under 20 kg of silk.

The bottom picture shows the whole scene, another overpowering display from the Lantern Festival. It occurs to me that it resembles those cheesy paintings on black velvet that you see in low-end gift shops across America.

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7 comments:

James Wei said...

This is incredible light and lantern here. Very radiating in deed.

Birdman said...

Did you come across the Chinese version of the dogs playing poker on velvet? That's always a keeper.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

It is good to be king, unless you are the last king.

cieldequimper said...

I'll just take the man operated fans. Too hot here now.

William Kendall said...

Brilliant pics, Bob. Very colourful.

Jack said...

A lot of effort went into this display, Bob. Interesting, but I don't love it.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I'm hoping this will work this time Bob. I've just enjoyed so much your images from the Lantern Festival, so vibrant..my favourite was the 'Thar be monsters' shots, the first with the botanical garden sphere lit softly in the background is just fabulous. I hope that you had or are having a wonderful time with your son Andy.