Zigong Lantern Festival
- Celebrated: Feb. 8 to Feb. 13
- Location: Sichuan
As one of China's Historical and Cultural Cities, Zigong is called "Lantern Town of the South Kingdom". Zigong Lantern Festival is one of the largest folk cultural activities in China and generally lasts around a month. This festival attracts people from China and around the world.
The History of the Colorful Lanterns
The festival started from the Tang dynasty (AD 618–907) and has been held every year since then. During the festival thousands of China's colorful traditional lanterns made of bamboo, silk, paper, glass bottles, and porcelain tableware are displayed. Most of the funny and beautiful lantern shapes are based on myths, legends, folk customs, historical stories, movies and TV stories.
The festival features a variety of smaller fairs, such as Lion Lantern Fair, Mantianguohai Lantern Fair, and Niu'er Lantern Fair. All of them are full of local folk flavor, and form a profound cultural heritage.
Ticket prices: Adults 100 yuan during the Spring Festival, 30 RMB at other times. Half fare for children, and free for the seniors (over 70).
Address: Zigong Colored Lantern Park, Ziliujing District, Zigong, Sichuan, China(四川省自贡市自流井区自贡彩灯公园)
Getting there: Zigong Colored Lantern Park can be reached by bus 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 9, 31, 35, 37, 39, 301, and 302. Zigong is 215 km (3 hours) south of Chengdu and a similar distance west of Chongqing.