Yuyuan lantern festival brightens up Shanghai and Paris

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Visitors take photos of a lantern installation titled “A Night of Fish and Dragon Dance” at Yuyuan Garden in Shanghai on December 16, 2023. /IC

Visitors take photos of a lantern installation titled “A Night of Fish and Dragon Dance” at Yuyuan Garden in Shanghai on December 16, 2023. /IC

A lantern installation titled

A lantern installation titled “A Night of Fish and Dragon Dance” illuminates Yuyuan Garden in Shanghai on December 16, 2023. /IC

A lantern installation titled “A Night of Fish and Dragon Dance” illuminates Yuyuan Garden in Shanghai on December 16, 2023. /IC

Lanterns featuring dragons and mythical creatures from the Chinese book

Lanterns featuring dragons and mythical creatures from the Chinese book “Classic of Mountains and Seas” illuminate the Jardin d’Acclimatation park in Paris, France on December 14, 2023. /VCG

Lanterns featuring dragons and mythical creatures from the Chinese book “Classic of Mountains and Seas” illuminate the Jardin d’Acclimatation park in Paris, France on December 14, 2023. /VCG

People appreciate Chinese lanterns at the Jardin d'Acclimatation park in Paris on December 13, 2023. /VCG

People appreciate Chinese lanterns at the Jardin d’Acclimatation park in Paris on December 13, 2023. /VCG

People appreciate Chinese lanterns at the Jardin d’Acclimatation park in Paris on December 13, 2023. /VCG

Colorful lanterns have been lit up in both Shanghai and Paris as part of the 2024 Chinese New Year celebrations.

A lantern installation titled “A Night of Fish and Dragon Dance” illuminated Shanghai’s iconic Yuyuan Garden on Friday as a preview for its annual lantern fair, which will officially begin in mid-to-late January 2024 and last for over 40 days to celebrate the Year of the Dragon.

The Yuyuan lantern festival in Paris is part of the celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and France, and also marks the China-France Year of Culture and Tourism in 2024. Over 60 large sets of Chinese lanterns and 2,000 traditional lanterns will illuminate Paris until February 25 next year.

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