1,000-year-old lantern fair once again captivates visitors

CGTN | Updated: 2024-02-22 10:02
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A dragon lantern measuring over 200 meters long is seen at the 30th International Dinosaur Lantern Show in Zigong, Sichuan province on February 7, 2024. The lantern was made by bundling around 200,000 discarded water bottles together. [Photo/CGTN]

The lantern fair in Zigong, Southwest China's Sichuan province, which boasts a history of more than 1,000 years, is once again captivating visitors with its magnificent dazzling lanterns.

Covering an area of nearly 37 hectares, the 30th International Dinosaur Lantern Show kicked off in Zigong on February 2 and received around 450,000 visitors during the Spring Festival holiday from February 10 to 17.

To mark the Year of the Dragon, many of the lanterns at the show feature the Chinese sign of the zodiac, but there are also a wide variety of other lantern designs to meet different needs. Visitors who prefer traditional lanterns can find lanterns with flowers and birds, legendary figures, and landscapes, while lanterns with modern motifs such as cartoon characters, cultural trends and online games are gaining popularity among young people.

In addition to the exquisite craftmanship, modern technologies such as 3D printing and artificial intelligence have also been used to make the lanterns more vivid and elegant.

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