The streets of Shanghai light up at night as revelers wander about holding Chinese lanterns. A legend claims that the lanterns protect citizens from being attacked and hauled away by evil spirits. The revelers push the borders of creativity by hatching together elaborate lanterns, which can resemble anything from marine inhabitants to pop celebrities. The festival takes place annually on the 15th day of the first lunar month. Admission is free.
- Type: Festivals & Fairs
- Venue Description:
While Beijing is the political capital of China, Shanghai is what people romanticize while dreaming of the mysterious Far East. Once a sleepy fishing village, it is now a pulsating cosmopolitan destination thanks to British colonialism which grasped it's strategic location as a port town. Present day Shanghai pleases its visitors with colonial remnants, shopping districts, river side gardens, nightlife, art, music and much more. If you are brave enough, do sample some strange cuisine like duck neck, sheep's heart or pig brains in spicy broth!