Stirling Observer

Spotlight on China


Pupils from Stirling’s Braehead Primary were among the welcoming committee for Chinese visitors at Edinburgh Zoo recently. The zoo is staging a winter extravagan­za entitled The Giant Lanterns of China with the help of 25 craftspeop­le who have travelled 5000 miles to attend. The craftspeop­le will begin building over 450 gigantic lantern installati­ons and transformi­ng Edinburgh Zoo into a light spectacle for 50 nights between 1 December 2017 and 25 February 2018. The large-scale lanterns include 30 giant pandas and a 115-foot long Chinese dragon, which took 15 craftspeop­le a total of 2000 hours to build. They will be showcased alongside beautiful flowers, fauna, insects, and Chinese heritage symbols such as signs of the zodiac and traditiona­l archways. From Sichuan province the craftspeop­le will stay in Edinburgh to help maintain the 469 lanterns that will form The Giant Lanterns of China event. A group of P5 school pupils performed a traditiona­l Chinese dance, mò lì huā which translates to Jasmine Flower. The craftspeop­le gifted the pupils with a bespoke, handmade cherry blossom lantern to be put on display at the school.

 ??  ?? Pupils Abigail Milne and Rory McLeod with one of the craftspeop­le
Pupils Abigail Milne and Rory McLeod with one of the craftspeop­le

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