BUILDING A PORCELAIN PAGODA
A featured display at the 2015 Lantern Festival
at Missouri Botanical Garden (St. Louis)
is a replica of the Porcelain Stupas Pagoda in the Qing Dynasty
in the Manefeilong Village of Yunnan, China.
(see engraved illustration of ancient Stupas Pagoda)
This reconstruction was assembled for the festival
by 30 Chinese artisans -- constructed with more
than 300,000 modern porcelain tea cups,
plates and saucers -- all carefully connected and
assembled with hand-tied kite string!
Towering 50-feet high in the center of the garden,
the porcelain pagoda is just one of 22 lighted displays
this summer at the Lantern Festival.
Lantern festivals traditionally mark the Chinese
New Year, when intricate and complex
lighted displays fill cities.
This St. Louis festival is a major event
rarely staged outside of Asia.
(On display now through August 31.)