Zigong is the originator of the Chinese Lantern Festival – which has been copied in Beijing, Hong Kong, and Shanghai.
During this holiday season, people in the Bay Area have a chance to see this world class lantern festival. From November 25 through January 2, gigantic illuminated lanterns depicting the world’s greatest architectural achievements such as the Taj Mahal, the Eiffel Tower, Chichen Itza, and the Golden Gate Bridge, will light up the sky from the parking lot at California’s Great America in Santa Clara.
Some of these structures are more than 50-feet tall and span nearly 100-feet wide. In addition to iconic landmarks, the festival will showcase other amazing lanterns in the Holiday Village and Chinatown exhibit.
More than 40 in all, these eco-friendly lanterns, made from beverage cans, bottle caps, CDs, porcelain dishes and metal flatware, were designed by the same team of engineers who built lanterns for the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing.
The Festival will also feature a dinosaur maze, carnival games, international cuisine, arts and craft, live entertainment, and celebrations of holiday traditions from around the world.
More information: http://www.globalwonderland.org/2011/
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