City decked up in bright lantern displays
A best way to celebrate the Lantern Festival in Shanghai could be dressing up in traditional clothing, wandering through the lantern show, guessing lantern riddles and trying festive food.
This year's Yuyuan Lantern Fair takes us to a fantasy world through a bright sea of lanterns. But if the bustling crowd at Shanghai's most popular lantern fair scares you, there are at least seven other alternative lantern shows in Shanghai to look out for on Sunday, the Lantern Festival.
Yuyuan Lantern Fair
Despite the crowds, the Yuyuan Lantern Fair is highly recommended for its lantern embellishments this year, which feature mythical creatures from "Shan Hai Jing" (Classic of Mountains and Seas). The fair has the richest vibe of the Chinese New Year in Shanghai. Imagine yourself wearing a hanfu robe and carrying a tiny flower-shaped lantern; the experience might even make Euphrosyne, the Goddess of Happiness, jealous. It will run through February 15.
Admission: Free (except January 22-28 and February 1-5)
Tickets: 50 yuan for adults and 30 yuan for children (80 yuan for adults and 50 yuan for children on February 5)
279 Yuyuan Old Street, Huangpu District
Luodian Ancient Town Lantern Fair
A 50-minute drive from downtown Shanghai will bring you to the Baoshan Temple in Baoshan District, where the Luodian Ancient Town Lantern Fair is being held. The Luodian colored lantern is one of Shanghai's intangible cultural heritage items. This year's lantern fair is centered on the Huashen Square, a few blocks away from the Baoshan Temple. Lord Rabbit, at the entrance of the temple, is waiting to bless you. The lantern hours are from 5pm to 9pm.
Address: Near Baoshan Temple, Baoshan District
Guyi Garden Lantern Festival
This year, the Guyi Garden, which is about 500 years old, is celebrating the festival with thousands of Chinese New Year's lanterns. The park is open from 7am to 7pm. It roughly takes around 40 minutes to drive to the Guyi Garden in Jiading District from downtown Shanghai.
Admission: 12 yuan
Address: 218 Huyi Highway, Jiading District
Xinzhuang Lantern Show
For 15 years, the Xinzhuang Lantern Show has been enjoying enormous success. The lanterns are spread out over various commercial complexes in Xinzhuang. It allows visitors to enjoy a visual feast while dining and shopping in the district of Minhang. The lanterns are lit between 6-9pm.
Address: Chunshen Lake Square (major venue), Xinzhuang Business Zone, Minhang District
Fengjing Ancient Town Lantern Show
The Fengjing Ancient Town in Jinshan District promises you another annual colored lantern exhibition. A large rabbit lantern installation awaits you at Sanqiao Square. It takes approximately one hour to reach the venue from downtown.
Address: Fengjing Ancient Town, Jinshan District
The Oriental Pearl White Rabbit Garden Party
The Oriental Pearl TV Tower has teamed up with White Rabbit Creamy Candy, a time-honored Shanghai brand, to launch their 1,000-square-meter White Rabbit Garden Party. The highlight here is the Peking Opera White Rabbit art installation. A variety of interactive games will keep you entertained.
Address: Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Pudong New Area
Jinjiang Amusement Park Prosperity and Happiness Lantern Night
Minhang residents may choose to ride the Ferris wheel at Jinjiang Amusement Park to celebrate the new year. Consider the Ferris wheel with thousands of twinkling lights. The park has also organized a food bazaar for visitors.
Admission: 90 yuan
Address: 201 Hongmei Rd, Jinjiang Amusement Park, Minhang District
The INLET's Year of the Rabbit Lantern Fair
Longtang, or alleys, were once home to millions of Shanghai residents. This Chinese New Year, the INLET, a new Shanghai-style landmark renovated from a former longtang block, is hosting a lantern fair. Eighteen sets of trendy rabbit-shaped lanterns, in various postures and brilliant costumes, are hidden among the INLET's eight alleys and 66 historic buildings. Spend time tracking them down.
Address: The INLET, Hongkou Districtt