Lantern Festival
Lantern Festival

Cat Trial 5: Lantern Festival

Bringing the Lantern Festival to Light in Remote China

There’s nothing more satisfying for you than a job well done. Cat Trial 5: Lantern Festival is about doing what many of you do for customers around the world – bring the power. But this story takes place in a village on the side of a mountain.

The Lantern Festival is a celebration that dates back more than 2,000 years. In China, lanterns symbolize prosperity and good fortune, and every year, people throughout the country gather together to light them in celebration of the beginning of spring. In a big city – no big deal. But in Yuhu Village, an isolated community in the Yunnan Province – with winding roads leading to the village, nestled into the side of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain - it’s not as easy as you’d think. Most of the village’s 380 families had indoor power but limited outside electricity. 

That’s where Caterpillar comes in.

Cat Electric Power has decades of experience and unmatched expertise meeting a wide range of electric power needs. We will help you design a power generator system to your specifications - in this case, we were working in high altitude and relatively low air temperature.  And in every case, we’ll stand by your side for the life of your equipment with the support of our global Cat® dealer network.

Cat Trial 5: Lantern Festival by the numbers: 

  1. 8,840 lanterns 
  2. 7.5 miles (12,000 meters) of wire
  3. 7,900 feet (2,408 meters) elevation
  4. 252,000-watt generator

But this story was about so much more than the numbers. It was more than just lighting the lanterns. It was about bringing a village to life. Because of their remote location and limited access to power, this community had never been able to celebrate in this way before. Cat Trial 5: Lantern Festival shines a light on something most of us take for granted and shows us what something as simple as power can do to for people who don’t have it.

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With the help of Cat® power, residents of China’s remote Yuhu Village experience the wonder of the Lantern Festival. Watch the latest in the Cat Trials.

With the help of Cat® power, residents of China’s remote Yuhu Village experience the wonder of the Lantern Festival.

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Go Behind the Scenes of “Lantern Festival”

 

What does it take to hang 8,840 lanterns, string together almost 7.5 miles (12,000 meters) of wire and transport a Cat® Generator up narrow, winding mountain roads? A real team effort—one that’s clearly on display behind the scenes of “Lantern Festival.”

The latest in the Cat Trials, a series of Caterpillar short films, “Lantern Festival” follows the delivery of a 252,000-watt generator set to China’s Yuhu Village, which is nestled into the side of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain at 7,900 feet (2,408 meters) of elevation. By bringing outdoor power to this isolated community, the gen set—and the team behind the project—enabled Yuhu Village’s 380 families to experience the wonder of Lantern Festival.

This behind-the-scenes video explores why Yuhu Village was the right location to bring Lantern Festival to light, and what went into selecting the right generator set to work at such a high elevation.

“I felt extremely happy seeing our generator set operate properly and stably,” said Steve Zhao, Industry Representative in Caterpillar’s Electric Power Division. “The shooting location is in high altitude and air temperature is relatively low. Our Cat generator set proves its high quality, in this situation.”

Archie Lyons, Creative Director in Caterpillar’s Global Brand Marketing group added, “The gen set truly is built for it and we as a company are built to deliver.”

Watch “The Making of Lantern Festival” to see how Cat power and the residents of Yuhu Village teamed up to light up the night sky.

 

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This behind-the-scenes look at “Lantern Festival,” the latest in the Cat Trials, explores what it takes to light up the night sky—and the faces of local villagers—in a remote Chinese village.

Behind-the-scenes look at “Lantern Festival,”