Festive lanterns decorate Yangzhou in E China

chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2018-02-23 14:48
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Festive lanterns are on display at a shopping mall in Yangzhou, East China's Jiangsu province, Feb 22, 2018. [Photo/VCG]

As the Lantern Festival is approaching, traditional handmade lanterns become the first choice for domestic decoration and gift giving. In Yangzhou, East China's Jiangsu province, a new collection of festive lanterns adds a touch of modern technology, such as audio or lighting devices, into this time-honored art form.

The Yangzhou festive lantern, which originated during the Sui Dynasty (581-618), has been included into the Intangible Cultural Heritage List of Jiangsu province since 2007. Made in the shapes of animals and plants, the lanterns are auspicious ornaments for Chinese festivals.

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