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Spectacular Zodiac Lantern Pageant Lights Up Yuyuan Backyard

Spectacular Zodiac Lantern Pageant Lights Up Yuyuan Backyard

The 2023 Yuyuan Backyard Lantern Pageant formally opened in December, and has already welcomed enormous crowds of excited vacationers and locals alike.

That is the twenty eighth version of this dazzling and colourful celebration of a thousand lanterns, and it’s eagerly awaited annually.

It has change into one of many perfect choices for Shanghai residents to go to and spend time with buddies and family, all the time providing a magical night time to all guests! 


Visiting Yuyuan Backyard has change into an extremely in style pastime throughout Chinese language New Yr for a few years now, and is a vital a part of many Shanghainese’s celebrations.

That is your likelihood to come back and expertise the magic and see why it’s change into such a significant occasion for all who go to. 


The theme of this yr’s Yuyuan Backyard Lantern Pageant is predicated round a celebrated basic of Chinese language mythology, the well-known Shan Hai Jing. 

The purpose was to create an unbelievable lantern present centered on this celebrated fantasy, from which many conventional Chinese language cultures draw inspiration from up till right this moment.  


The central sq. gives friends with surroundings from the Chinese language Zodiac.

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Right here, the focus representing The Yr of the Rabbit, the Jade Rabbit rises to the east, with a basic Dunhuang form, fluttering and dancing within the breeze alongside conventional Chinese language dance performances. 

At this particular time of yr, the uncommon beasts of Shan Hai Jing all go to Yuyuan Backyard to hitch the celebrations. Alongside the Jade Rabbit is the sacred beast Kun, additionally from Shan Hai Jing mythology!

Further Websites to Go to Round Yuyuan Backyard

Jiuqu Bridge

This yr Jiuqu Bridge is adorned with a dragon spreading its wings and hovering to the heavens. Stroll throughout the Jiuqu Bridge with your loved ones and buddies and pray for excellent fortune within the coming yr.


Lake Pavillion

Strolling via the lake pavilion, you may even see the dash of the white deer. It’s enchanted antlers are particularly eye-catching.

Jiangnan Silk Bamboo Band 

This yr, the 5 Happinesses – rabbits, magpies, canine, turtles and bats – have shaped the dynamic Jiangnan Silk Bamboo Band to signify essentially the most auspicious of animals.


As you wander the pleasant outdated streets of Yuyuan Backyard, you may soak up surroundings from each Yuyuan Backyard and Shanghai Museum.

Search for and you may see a koi fish from the Shanghai Museum’s assortment, wishing you the most effective of luck and success within the New Yr!

Lantern Shows and Lights

Superb scenes await you all through your complete go to to Yuyuan Backyard.

On the Golden Sq., Yuyuan Previous Road and Ninghui Street, it is possible for you to to get pleasure from totally different inventive lantern shows, collaboratively created by Disney and Shanghai Museum for an additional particular deal with! 

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At 4pm each night a particular occasion will happen. Hundreds of spectacular lights seem immediately, magically remodeling the entire surroundings right into a fantasy wonderland!

This breath-taking second is one thing you have to see your self to consider.

Contained in the Tianyu Constructing, a mini mild present of the “Little Individuals” is held to give you a ‘divine perspective!’

Shock Encounters

Wandering across the Lantern Pageant, there can even be unbelievable shock encounters!

The Jade Rabbit Fairy, the Flower Fairy, the Scholar, the Goodsman and the Common have come to hitch us from historic occasions.

They may cease at totally different areas, interacting with the general public enthusiastically, giving conventional presents and conveying the enjoyment of this particular time!


Lantern Riddles

Guessing lantern riddles is without doubt one of the hottest conventional folklore actions of Chinese language individuals throughout Spring Pageant and Lantern Pageant.

This yr, Yuyuan Backyard has arrange a number of interactive lantern riddle areas to customise lantern riddles with regional themes to supply the crowds with the enjoyable and problem of fixing riddles!


Chinese language New Yr Scroll Writing

Yuyuan Backyard can also be providing Chinese language New Yr courses on intangible cultural heritage… at no cost!

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Observe handwriting Chinese language New Yr scrolls and partake in making incense pouches so as to add to the festive environment.

That is an thrilling alternative that you simply received’t simply discover elsewhere! 


Yuanbao Tea

For the reason that late Qing Dynasty, it has been a novel folkloric exercise for Shanghai individuals to go to Lake Pavilion in the course of the Chinese language New Yr to drink Yuanbao tea for good luck.

Consuming Yuanbao, or ‘ingots tea,’ is essential for Shanghaiese individuals and price experiencing for your self.

It’s named so as a result of the form is much like that of an ingot, and in Chinese language, the symbolism of ingots is one thing lovely that may deliver one wealth and happiness annually.

Sitting in a lake pavilion with your loved ones and buddies and consuming Yuanbao tea within the New Yr is a good way to hope for success and a vibrant future!

Shanghai Classical Restaurant

Based in 1875, the Shanghai Classical Restaurant, previously generally known as Rongshun Restaurant, has a historical past of 148 years and is usually seen because the ‘ceiling’ for Shanghainese delicacies.

Many Shanghai locals have the behavior of coming to the Shanghai Classical Restaurant for his or her New Yr’s Eve dinners, which is all the time filled with joyous reunions of household and shut buddies. 


Celebrated chef Luo Yulin, the chef of Shanghai Classical Restaurant, is the fifth technology of masters cooking dishes and recipes precisely reflecting China’s intangible cultural heritage.

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It was he who first really helpful the 12 Intangible Cultural Heritage Programs, which embody such luxurious and conventional dishes as Eight Treasure Duck and Shrimp and Massive Black Ginseng, amongst many others.

These treasured and flavorsome dishes are a real style of Chinese language New Yr, and provide an enchanting perception into the most effective that Chinese language delicacies has to supply.



January 22-28, 10am-10pm
February 1-5, 10am-10pm


Adults: RMB50*
Youngsters: RMB30*

*Please be aware that on February 5, tickets can be RMB80 for adults and RMB50 for kids. 

The place

There are 4 ticket factors accessible:

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  • Fang Bang Zhong Lu (close to Jiujiaochang Lu)

  • Jiujiaochang Lu

  • Fuyou Lu

  • Lishui Lu

Or just scan the QR code:


Word: In case of antagonistic climate circumstances, on-site circumstances or different unavoidable components, entry occasions, entry circumstances or ticket gross sales areas could also be topic to alter. Please discuss with the knowledge revealed by the organizer for additional steerage.

[All images courtesy of Yuyaun Garden]

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