Lantern Festival is an important traditional festival in China which is closely related to the Spring Festival. It marks the end of the Chinese New Year celebrations. Its time-honored history can be traced back to the Warring States Period (战国时期), and because of its deep cultural atmosphere and abundant activities, it’s widely welcomed both by Chinese and foreign tourists alike.
The Lantern Festival in Hangzhou offers many interesting activities such as appreciating colorful lanterns, guessing lantern riddles and so on. On this auspicious night, and in the moonlight, the finest and most ornamental lanterns are exhibited along the streets of Hangzhou. These lanterns are exquisite, and usually shaped like animals such as Chinese dragons, lions, horses . Under these lanterns hang plenty of slips with riddles on. People who work out these riddles can get gifts, and of course, other people’s admiration.
Time: The fifteenth night of the first lunar month Venue: Wulin Square (武林广场), He Fang Street (河坊街), West Lake (西湖)
The sun is shining and the autumn wind is just right. In such good weather, it is a good idea to travel back in time in the Hangzhou Confucius Temple. Here, you can cultivate your mind and soul. In the temple, tablets can be seen everywhere, positioning people instantly in the ancient seat of learning in the capital city of the Southern Song Dynasty. Here, you can stop and appreciate the ancient moss-covered stone tiles, which seems to narrate the thousands-of-year history of the Confucius Temple.