Lan­tern fest con­tin­ues in Chengdu

China Daily (Canada) - - LIFE -

Visi­tors have been cap­ti­vated by a lan­tern fes­ti­val on­go­ing in the park-like Jin­sha SiteMu­seum in Chengdu, Sichuan prov­ince, which fea­tures large and rather bizarre il­lu­mi­na­tions in­clud­ing a snake wrapped around a dragon with the shell of a tor­toise, a tor­toise with the head of a bird and a dragon with a snail on its back. The fes­ti­val, which started on Jan 28 and runs un­til Feb 15, takes its in­spi­ra­tion in part from the range of myth­i­cal crea­tures found in Chi­ne­se­mythol­ogy. In ad­di­tion to strange, brightly col­ored an­i­mals, the fes­ti­val fea­tures lanterns in the form of horses, mark­ing 2014 as the Year of theHorse in the lu­nar Chi­nese cal­en­dar. There are also dis­plays hon­or­ing Korean cul­ture and ex­am­ples of food from var­i­ous coun­tries.

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