From Chinese New Year Day — February 8 — until the end of the festival, over 50 lantern installations will be lit in Yuyuan Garden between 5:30pm and 8pm every night. Major attractions taking centre stage include an 8-meter-tall Monkey King from the classic novel “Journey to the West.”
Other lanterns celebrate Guan Yu, a legendary general of the Three Kingdoms (AD 220-280); and Bao Zheng or Lord Bao, the personification of justice; and Confucius. Entry to the garden is free to the public through February 25, except between February 20 and 22. Tickets will cost 50 yuan (US$7.6) for an adult and 30 yuan for a child on February 20 and 21. Those prices will rise to 100 yuan for adults and 50 yuan for children on Lantern Festival Day, which falls on February 22 this year. The charge is intended to control numbers.