Sichuan's dragons burn bright

The southwestern province is decoratively illuminated to celebrate the mythical zodiac creature and Lunar New Year, Huang Zhiling reports in Chengdu.

By Huang Zhiling | China Daily | Updated: 2024-02-24 09:22
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Zigong's lantern festival is a highlight of the Lunar New Year celebration. LIU LANYING/FOR CHINA DAILY

Wu was the fourth ruler of the Tang Dynasty (618-907). During her reign, she excelled at appointing capable people, and China enjoyed peace and prosperity.

The lantern festival is being held near the exit of the Guangyuan East Expressway with 42 groups of lanterns conveying stories related to Wu, local culture and customs.

Many people especially wish to visit Zigong, a city in the south of Sichuan, whose lanterns are considered to be among China's best.

Viewing lanterns became a Spring Festival custom in Zigong during the Tang Dynasty. The city's lantern show has toured more than 70 countries and regions, becoming a calling card of both Zigong and China.

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