Qinhuai International Lantern Festival

Qinhuai International Lantern Festival
Image Courtesy: Shawn de Raaf used under the Creative Commons Licence

January 27, 2015 to February 17, 2015

Nanjing at the Confucius Temple in Jiangsu Province, China

With a long history that makes Chinese culture ever so rich, the Qinhuai International Lantern Festival is a rather special one in China.

It was traditionally held between Chinese New Year that starts on the first day of the first month of the Chinese lunar Calendar and the 15th day of the first lunar month on the night of the full moon. That day was called the Lantern Festival. It is also called the Nanjing Jinling Lantern Festival.

Since 1985, the Nanjing municipal government has sponsored a fair and lantern display around the Confucius Temple in Nanjing. This Confucius Temple and the lantern festival have been famous in Chinese history.

During this extravagant festival and event, you can enjoy, in most parts of the country, brightly lit lanterns and a spectacular firework display. Lanterns look beautiful over the Qinhuai River in particular. The firework display is especially amazing in areas such as Bailuzhou Park, Zhonghua Gate Castle and Ming Dynasty City Wall.

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