“The Dai and Hani nationalities not only live there and use the forest resources, they protect the forest as well,” Duong said. “They believe that all things have a soul and that even a forest deserves to be preserved.”
Duong said there’s a lot of work to be done to protect the region. She says that in 1958 China established the Xishuangbanna National Nature Reserve, which hopes to preserve this shrinking natural treasure.
“It’s still a beautiful region, but it’s very important to tell this story,” Duong said.
In all almost 1,000 large and small silk lanterns are on display. In addition, the neighboring Japanese Garden stays open at night with a new illuminated space dubbed “Gardens of Light.” The main greenhouses and the Insectarium remain open during the evening hours as well.
The Magic of Lanterns and Gardens of Light continues through Nov. 3.
The Montreal Botanical Garden is at 4101 Sherbrooke St. E. Magic of Lanterns hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Admission costs $18.75 for adults, $17.50 for seniors, $14 for students, $9.50 for youths 5 to 17, and $52.50 for a family of four. Call (514) 872-1400 or visit www.espacepourlavie.ca.