Gaiety abounds around city's parks for Lantern Festival

Folk cultural activities including lantern shows and the guessing of lantern riddles will be held at parks and tourist attractions across Shanghai for the Lantern Festival.

Folk cultural activities including lantern shows and the guessing of lantern riddles will be held at parks and tourist attractions across Shanghai to celebrate the Lantern Festival, which falls on February 19 this year.

Colorful lanterns have illuminated Yuyuan Garden in Huangpu District where 39 installations, including a 9-meter-tall pig dressed like the god of wealth, mark the Year of the Pig.

To ensure order and safety, the garden will be closed at certain times from Friday to February 19, and only ticket holders will be allowed entry. Ticket prices range from 30 yuan (US$6.76) to 80 yuan for those days.

There will be three entrances on Yuyuanxin Road, Bailing Road, and near Shanghai Classical Hotel and Tonghanchun drugstore.

The garden will be closed from 4pm on Friday and February 18, and from 2pm on the other three days.

Another lantern show will be staged in Luodian, Baoshan District on February 19. Luodian's colorful lanterns are an intangible cultural heritage of Shanghai. Performances will also be held.

At Guyi Garden in Jiading District, a DIY event will be held on Sunday, allowing children to enjoy the fun of making their own lanterns. Traditional cultural activities such as guessing riddles will also be held.

A garden party will be offered at the Chenshan Botanical Garden in Songjiang District on Sunday, featuring a number of games and a search for plants related with the Year of the Pig. Families with children are invited to savor the charm of the festival and learn something about different plants via the games. Gifts will be offered to those who accomplish the tasks.

Xincheng Central Park in Minhang District will host a lantern show from February 17 to 24.

At Huilongtan Park in Jiading, a number of intangible cultural heritages such as paper cutting, shadow plays and straw weaving will be exhibited on February 18 and 19.

Fangta Park in Songjiang will give away 1,000 bowls of tangyuan, a traditional snack of glutinous rice balls with sweet sesame or salty pork stuffing, to visitors on the day of the festival.

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