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Wuzhen Ancient Town Water Lantern Exhibition Overflowing with Culture 2017-06-27
If you want to witness a lantern exhibition overflowing with culture, colour and charm then head to Wuzhen Ancient Water Town, only 100km from Hangzhou downtown. The Water Lantern Exhibition is a most valued and endangered folk custom and is the town’s biggest event of the Chinese New Year celebrations. Wuzhen Ancient Town and its Water Lantern Exhibition has for hundreds of years played a significant cultural and historical role in Chinese society and continues to be one of the most popular among its villagers.


Long before Spring Festival villagers begin their journey to creating a glowing masterpiece and although there is no official prize to see who has the best design, they still compete to win the first prize in people’s heart. The villagers make their lanterns with their doors closed waiting until the special night to light up the world with their magnificent creations.


During this festive period every street, roof top, table, water surface and space in the air can be seen covered in a myriad of lanterns of different colours, shapes and sizes. The most commonly seen lanterns are usually those presented in the shape of zodiac signs such as the sheep, lion, rabbit etc. The lanterns also vary in size and while some are small and portable others are so big they need to be carried by several people.


This year over 200 folk lantern artists are invited to make and display the lanterns during which 24 groups of rarely-seen lanterns will be scattered along 10 km of the river in Xizha (西栅).

In Wuzhen Ancient Town you are not only enlightened by the beauty of the hundreds of hand-made lanterns floating around you but by the town’s history and culture in providing you with one of the most traditional and endangered folk customs of the Chinese new year celebrations.

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