Annual lantern show sheds new light on ancient culture

Updated: Jan 26, 2024 By Wang Xin China Daily Print
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The annual Yuyuan Garden Lantern Show kicks off in Shanghai on Sunday to welcome the upcoming Year of the Dragon. [Photo by Gao Erqiang/China Daily]

One area features a cluster of nine dragon lanterns that are inspired by artifacts from different dynasties, Yin says.

"We'd like to showcase Chinese people's unity and continuous explorations, and express our openness to the world."

Lanterns at the Gold Plaza and Jiuqu (Zigzag) Bridge present dazzling and fantastical deep-sea scenes of lanterns shaped like fish, coral and other marine life.

The show also features dance performances, parades showcasing intangible cultural heritage, markets, puzzles and games.

"Preparations started last March," Yin says. "This has been the most difficult setup in the show's history."

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