London gets lit … with Chinese lanterns!

The Magical Lantern Festival opened today in London, Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds, bringing an array of huge silk lantern displays designed by Chinese artists to the four UK locations.

London’s Chiswick House Gardens, Manchester’s Philips Park, Roundhay Park in Leeds and Kings Heath Park in Birmingham are hosting hundreds of giant handmade silk lanterns, from today until the 1st January 2018.

The illuminating displays include a recreation of an ancient Song dynasty city and a model of Beijing’s Temple of Heaven.

The festival was launched in 2015 and this year’s event follows sold-out runs in the past two years.


Catherine Jessup

A languages nerd with a food obsession and lifelong music bug, CJ can often be found panning the internet for golden Chinese indie tunes and toting around culinary experiments in a fancy lunchbox. Host and producer of East Meets West and Reporter for and Find them on Twitter @cjessup_gbtimes

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