New Year lanterns light up Shanghai

(study-shanghai.org) | Jan 18, 2017

The Lantern Fair in Yuyuan Garden is always one of the highlights of the Spring Festival celebrations in Shanghai. And this year, the lanterns in Yuyuan Garden are bigger and brighter than ever, lighting up the city as it builds up to Chinese New Year on Jan 28.

Let's get a first glimpse of what this year’s Lantern Fair has to offer:


A giant rooster-shaped lantern stands in the central square of Yuyuan Garden. "Feathered" with 2,017 colorful illuminations, the nine-meter-tall lantern commemorates the start of the Year of the Rooster on Jan 28 and symbolizes auspicious times, happiness for the family, peace for the nation, and good health for all. [Photo/Xinhua]


The rooster-themed lanterns are illuminated by energy-saving lights and LED light bulbs, which will reduce electricity usage by 30 percent compared with traditional incandescent light bulbs. [Photo/Xinhua]


People enjoy the lantern show at the zigzag bridge square in Yuyuan Garden. The lanterns celebrate great accomplishments in Chinese science, such as the four great inventions of ancient China (the compass, gunpowder, paper and printing), and legends, such as Emperor Yu taming the floods of the Yellow River and Shennong, the legendary founder of Chinese herbal medicine who is believed to have tasted 100 different herbs. [Photo/Xinhua]


People who want to exercise their brains can try to solve lantern riddles, a traditional Chinese style of word game, and admire the rhyming couplets at the lantern show. [Photo/Xinhua]


Yuyuan Garden is enhancing crowd control to prevent accidents and the number of daily visitors is restricted. People can enjoy free lantern shows from Jan 15 to Feb 9, and admission fees ranging from 30 to 80 yuan will be charged from Feb 10 to 12. [Photo/Xinhua]


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