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Airborne Wishes

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Writing wishes on their lantern

There is one district in the outskirts of Taipei named Pingxi where tourists flock mainly to see and experience the flying lanterns on a railroad track.

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Readying the hot air lantern by putting fire on bunch of papers inside

To do the lantern experience, I’ve observed that first, you choose and buy a lantern from one of the many vendors in there, then write anything that you (and your companions if lantern sharing) hope or wish for, afterwards stand on the railroad tracks (when there’s no passing train of course), it is there that fire will be lit on a bunch of papers inside to generate hot air. Just before releasing, smile at the camera (100% of those I’ve observed have their photographs taken, and they were all smiling, the lantern must be expensive, I suppose), lastly let go of thy wishes into the air. Goodbye. I wonder where all those lanterns end up.

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Couple smiling at the camera with their lantern on the railroad tracks

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Released lantern

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Assortment of lanterns

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Bye bye lantern

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Trio lantern sharing

Rail Vehicle Adoration

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Japanese have very deep attachment to trains. They are even experts in making them such as this shinkansen

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The view from Asukayama Park. People love train watching

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From where I'm standing, there's picnic table and those trees below have been felled so as not to obstruct the railroad view, presumably. Obviously this spot in Asukayama park is intended for train viewing

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Little boys are crazy over trains. This father and son in Minami-senju are waiting for trains to pass in the multiple tracks below

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What the father and son are viewing

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Antique steam locomotive on the left and a non-working streetcar on the right in a children's playground. Kids are free to go inside and play pretend

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Tin tram toy (streetcar)

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