The beautiful Zigong Lantern Show, the best of its kind in China, has lit up Splendid China·China Folk Culture Villages in Nanshan District to welcome the Spring Festival (Jan. 25) and the Lantern Festival (Feb. 8).
A visitor leans to touch a rat-shaped lantern. Photos courtesy of Splendid China·China Folk Culture Villages
Two hundred handicraft persons from Zigong, Sichuan Province spent two months making the 105 sets of large and giant lanterns at the theme park. Covering 300,000 square meters, the lantern show includes a 20-meter-tall Avalokitesvara (Buddha of compassion) lantern, a 35-meter-long koi fish lantern to symbolize good luck, a huge flower basket lantern made up of thousands of ceramic pieces, a big gate formed by used plastic bottles and lanterns in the shape of Chinese Zodiac animals.
A 35-meter-long koi fish lantern.
In addition to some traditional Chinese festive lanterns, such as the gods of prosperity, status, longevity, happiness and fortune, some creative lanterns are worth taking selfies with, such as the Cheongsam-shaped lanterns on an old Anhui-style street and lanterns themed after the 24 Chinese solar terms in a Yunnan Dai ethnic village.
Lanterns featuring the gods of prosperity, status, longevity, happiness and fortune.
Lanterns are a traditional handicraft of China, and the Zigong Lantern Show is famous for its grand and comprehensive lanterns. It has been listed as a national intangible cultural heritage item and been staged internationally, including at the 2017 G20 Hamburg Summit in Germany.
Scan the QR code, click “自贡灯会夜场特惠票” to buy tickets:
Dates: Until Feb. 16
Hours: 6-9 p.m. (regular nights, no entry after 8 p.m.), 6-10 p.m. (during the Spring Festival and the Lantern Festival holidays)
Tickets: 49.9 yuan (now until Jan. 23 ), 69.9 yuan (Jan. 24-Feb. 16), free for seniors older than 70 and children shorter than 1.2 meters
Venue: Splendid China·China Folk Culture Villages, Nanshan District (南山区锦绣中华民俗村)
Metro: Line 1 to OCT Station (华侨城站), Exit D