The Largest Spring Festival Lantern Show in Hunan
A large lantern groups, "golden rooster sending blessings", 20 meters in length and 16 meters in height, and the heron tower at Yanghu wetland added radiance and beauty to each other.[Photo by Zhou baiping]
On the evening of Jan 23, the largest Spring Festival lantern show kicked off at Yanghu wetland. The “2017 happy Yanghu Lake and colorful Chinese New Year” activity started with a grand lighting ceremony and intangible cultural heritage operas. Those dreamy colored lanterns wonderfully lit up the Changsha City.
In the last 30 days, 180 inherited craftsmen of intangible cultural heritage from Zigong, “colored-lantern making village”, have been staying at Yanghu wetland. They have manually created 45 large themed lantern groups to show the designing or making ability of “the best lantern”, thus bringing a visual feast for citizens in Changsha. Covering an area of over 100,000 square meters, the lantern show was divided into four subjects. The themed lantern groups, a combination of tradition and innovation, made the visitors enjoy a lantern show different from the past. A large lantern groups, “golden rooster sending blessings”, 20 meters in length and 16 meters in height, and the heron tower at Yanghu wetland added radiance and beauty to each other; A panda paradise would take the visitors into a fairy world. Besides, there were also some other lantern groups, such as the lantern groups of cute face packs and chickens, a long lantern groups of undersea tunnel and a lantern groups of promoting to a higher position, a symbol of good luck.
On Jan 23, many children from the First Welfare Institute of Changsha and warm-hearted families were specially invited to come to the Yanghu wetland to enjoy the lantern show and experience the atmosphere of Spring Festival. In the next month, citizens or visitors could not only enjoy the Spring Festival lantern show at Yanghu wetland, but also could enjoy the wonderful traditional art performances, such as fast mask-changing, lion dancing, learning making lanterns from old craftsmen and experiencing various Spring Festival activities together with their families or friends. In addition, they could also participate in the activity of grabbing alipay AR real red packets.
On the very day, nearly 30,000 visitors went to enjoy the lantern show, which could be a happy memory about the Spring Festival. This year’s lantern show will last to Feb 27 of 2017 (close on New Year’s Eve). Thus, beautiful scenery and wonderful lantern show are waiting for citizens. For more information, please pay attention to the official WeChat “Yanghu wetland of Pilot Holdings”.
By Gao Renyun
Source: Changsha Evening News