Tem­ples pre­pare to ring in New Year

Shanghai Daily - - METRO - Hu Min

BELL ring­ing and lan­tern fes­ti­vals are just some of the ways to cel­e­brate the com­ing of 2019 in the city.

Bells will be rung at Longhua Tem­ple in Xuhui District, Jade Bud­dha Tem­ple in Jing’an District and Donglin Tem­ple in Jin­shan District at mid­night on New Year’s Eve. Bronze bells will be struck 108 times in a cer­e­mony that many be­lieve can ab­solve sins and bring good luck.

Vis­i­tors can eat noo­dles and hang wishes on a tree at Longhua, or paint lanterns at Donglin Tem­ple.

Many peo­ple will as­cend the Ori­en­tal Pearl TV Tower in the Pudong New Area on the first day of the New Year, as climb­ing high on New Year’s Day sig­ni­fies a good start to the year.

A 6-kilo­me­ter run will take place in Pudong on the same day, and a 7.6kilo­me­ter run at Dishui Lake will be held to­gether with drone and hot air bal­loon per­for­mances.

Sim­i­lar events will be held at She­shan Hill in Songjiang District and Jin­shan City Beach on Jan­uary 1.

The Shang­hai Happy Val­ley in Songjiang District and Ant­ing Town in Jiad­ing District will host lan­tern fes­ti­vals.

A num­ber of ex­hi­bi­tions will be held at the Long Mu­seum, Yuz Mu­seum Shang­hai and Shang­hai Cen­ter of Pho­tog­ra­phy in the West Bund area in Xuhui District.

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