Culture | Slideshow: Hong Kong's lantern master shows his skills
  • Hong Kong's lantern master Chan Yiu-wah has been making traditional paper lanterns for more than 30 years. Photo: Benny Kung / Asia Times
    Hong Kong's lantern master Chan Yiu-wah has been making traditional paper lanterns for more than 30 years. Photo: Benny Kung / Asia Times
  • Chan's working table, piled up with bamboo sticks, iron wires and glue. Photo: Liu Hsiu Wen / Asia Times
    Chan's working table, piled up with bamboo sticks, iron wires and glue. Photo: Liu Hsiu Wen / Asia Times
  • Chan's tools for smoothing bamboo skins. Photo: Liu Hsiu Wen / Asia Times
    Chan's tools for smoothing bamboo skins. Photo: Liu Hsiu Wen / Asia Times
  • Iron wires that Chan use to make parts of the lanterns. Photo: Liu Hsiu Wen / Asia Times
    Iron wires that Chan use to make parts of the lanterns. Photo: Liu Hsiu Wen / Asia Times
  • Chan Yiu-wah inside his studio in Tsing Yi, Hong Kong. Photo: Liu Hsiu Wen / Asia Times
    Chan Yiu-wah inside his studio in Tsing Yi, Hong Kong. Photo: Liu Hsiu Wen / Asia Times
  • Chan with the frame of a traditional palace lantern. Photo: Liu Hsiu Wen / Asia Times
    Chan with the frame of a traditional palace lantern. Photo: Liu Hsiu Wen / Asia Times
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  • A pink leopard lantern hanging on the walls inside Chan's studio. Photo: Benny Kung / Asia Times
    A pink leopard lantern hanging on the walls inside Chan's studio. Photo: Benny Kung / Asia Times
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  • A photo of Chan Yiu-wah beside his work table in his studio. Photo: Liu Hsiu Wen / Asia Times
    A photo of Chan Yiu-wah beside his work table in his studio. Photo: Liu Hsiu Wen / Asia Times
  • Chan's hands after more than 30 years of lantern making. Photo: Liu Hsiu Wen / Asia Times
    Chan's hands after more than 30 years of lantern making. Photo: Liu Hsiu Wen / Asia Times
  • Chan with a component used in making lion heads.  Photo: Liu Hsiu Wen / Asia Times
    Chan with a component used in making lion heads. Photo: Liu Hsiu Wen / Asia Times
  • Lion heads used in the lion and dragon dance on traditional Chinese holidays. Photo: Benny Kung / Asia Times
    Lion heads used in the lion and dragon dance on traditional Chinese holidays. Photo: Benny Kung / Asia Times
  • Cloth used in making paper lanterns. Photo: Asia Times / Liu Hsiu Wen
    Cloth used in making paper lanterns. Photo: Asia Times / Liu Hsiu Wen
  • Frame of lion heads are hang beside the walls. Photo: Asia Times / Benny Kung
    Frame of lion heads are hang beside the walls. Photo: Asia Times / Benny Kung

Beacon of tradition

Asia Times talks to one of Hong Kong's traditional lantern makers Chan Yiu-wah who shows us how he makes his colorful designs from scratch

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