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Zigong City in Sichuan Province, has been holding a lantern festival from as far back as the Tang Dynasty, more than a thousand years ago. The Zigong Lantern Festival has just opened to public.

Zigong Lantern Festival in Sichuan Province has a long history as a traditional and colorful New Year celebration.

This year, the festival is showcasing more than 80 sets of lanterns in various shapes, including elephants, birds, dragons and pavilions.

And it’s also gone green — cutting up to two thirds of its energy use compared to previous years.

Wang Shengli, Deputy Director of Zigong Lantern Festival, said, “This group of lanterns uses the characteristics of famous Chinese pavilions — but it’s not a simple reproduction. They also draw inspiration from buildings in the Ming and Qing dynasties. It’s one of the largest lantern sets in the history of Zigong Lantern Festival.”

                            

Zigong City in Sichuan Province, has been holding a lantern festival
from as far back as the Tang Dynasty, more than a thousand years ago. The Zigong Lantern Festival has just opened to public.

With 2012 being the year of dragon, it’s naturally the theme of this year’s festival.

But each dragon lantern varies from one to another, both in shape and materials.

The exotic combinations have attracted many visitors.

Tourist of Zigong Lantern Festival, said, “There are more lanterns this year, and all of them have bright colours. The design of this corridor is beautiful and has the style of ancient China.”

                           

Zigong City in Sichuan Province, has been holding a lantern festival
from as far back as the Tang Dynasty, more than a thousand years ago. The Zigong Lantern Festival has just opened to public.

“The lanterns this year are much higher than before. They’re colourful and have a lot of variety.” Tourist said.

If you’re clever enough, you can try your luck to solve the riddles written on some lanterns.

“It’s interesting and I can learn more by solving the riddles.” Said the tourist.

The Zigong Lantern Festival doesn’t stand still — it’s also been out on tour, appearing in at least 500 cities in China, and 36 countries and regions across the world. Around 300 million domestic and international visitors are estimated to have been to the festival, during its travels.

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