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Lantern festival to open in Britain

Updated: Nov 13,2014 12:07 PM     Xinhua

A dragon-shaped lantern is seen at the illumination ceremony for the Chinese Festival of Light in Longleat of Wiltshire, southwest England, on Nov 12, 2014. More than 100 workers from Zigong City of southwest China’s Sichuan province have made 7,000 lanterns, which will be displayed at the Chinese Festival of Light lasting from Nov 14 to next January.[Photo/Xinhua]

LONDON — An oriental lantern festival will open on Nov 14 in Wiltshire, southwestern Britain, to display thousands of lanterns made by Chinese craftsmen.

The Festival of Light, hosted by Longleat, a stately home with more than 400-year history, will highlight a 70-meter-long dragon, made up of 23,000 lit porcelain cups, bowls and plates and traditional Chinese auspicious creatures Qilin.

An artist performs “face changing” at the illumination ceremony for the Chinese Festival of Light in Longleat of Wiltshire, southwest England, on Nov 12, 2014. More than 100 workers from Zigong City of southwest China’s Sichuan province have made 7,000 lanterns, which will be displayed at the Chinese Festival of Light lasting from Nov 14 to next January.[Photo/Xinhua]

About 7,000 individual lanterns, 15 km of silk and a 40 km of LED lights are used to create a series of stunning scenes for the festival, which including giant pandas, Peking opera masks, and the building of the Temple of Heaven.

Despite of those Chinese elements, some wild animal lanterns, such as zebras, crocodiles and giraffes, will also be shown, as the site of the festival is located at a safari park.

Organizers said all of those lanterns were created by a team of 100 craftsmen from Zigong County, southwestern China’s Sichuan province.

Flower-shaped lanterns are seen at the illumination ceremony for the Chinese Festival of Light in Longleat of Wiltshire, southwest England, on Nov 12, 2014. More than 100 workers from Zigong City of southwest China’s Sichuan province have made 7,000 lanterns, which will be displayed at the Chinese Festival of Light lasting from Nov 14 to next January.[Photo/Xinhua]

“Nothing like it has been attempted on this scale before in Britain,” said Robert Montgomery, CEO of Longleat Enterprises Ltd.

It is “a good way to promote traditional Chinese culture for overseas visitors,” said Li Zhongwen, general manager of VYA Creative Lantern Co., Ltd., from Sichuan province, who worked with Longleat for the festival.

The festival will run until Jan 4.

Peacock-shaped lanterns are seen at the illumination ceremony for the Chinese Festival of Light in Longleat of Wiltshire, southwest England, on Nov 12, 2014. More than 100 workers from Zigong City of southwest China’s Sichuan province have made 7,000 lanterns, which will be displayed at the Chinese Festival of Light lasting from Nov 14 to next January.[Photo/Xinhua]

Animal-shaped lanterns are seen at the illumination ceremony for the Chinese Festival of Light in Longleat of Wiltshire, southwest England, on Nov 12, 2014. More than 100 workers from Zigong City of southwest China’s Sichuan province have made 7,000 lanterns, which will be displayed at the Chinese Festival of Light lasting from Nov 14 to next January. [Photo/Xinhua]

Qilin-shaped lanterns are seen at the illumination ceremony for the Chinese Festival of Light in Longleat of Wiltshire, southwest England, on Nov 12, 2014. Qilin is a kind of mythical creature having the head of a dragon and the body of a tiger or deer. More than 100 workers from Zigong City of southwest China’s Sichuan province have made 7,000 lanterns, which will be displayed at the Chinese Festival of Light lasting from Nov 14 to next January.[Photo/Xinhua]

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