Lantern Festival is never complete without viewing a festive lantern show. And the best place to view a lantern show in Guangzhou is Yuexiu Park, no doubt.
It has been the eighth year that Yuexiu Park has held a lantern show during the Spring Festival holiday. As the largest festive lantern show in the city, the show presents not only a lantern fair, but also a flower show and a dozen cultural activities.
People visit the Guangzhou Yuexiu Festive Lantern Show at Yuexiu Park on February 7th, 2019. [Photo: Nanfang Daily/Fu Chaojun]
The park has been decorated with 56 groups of lanterns, 30 groups of lights and 15 sets of flower borders. The lantern show has been divided into several parts with different themes such as Chinese traditional culture, the 24 solar terms, the twelve Chinese zodiac signs, and Lingnan culture. In celebration of the Year of the Pig, over 60 pig shape lanterns are on display as well.
People view a group of pig shape lanterns at Yuexiu Park on January 28th, 2019. [Photo: Southern Metropolis Daily/Li Zhanjun]
Apart from the lanterns, visitors can also enjoy a sculpture exhibition, a rubbing exhibition, and a variety of other activities in the park.
List of cultural activities in Yuexiu Park
For safety sake, all visitors visiting the lantern show between 5pm and 10pm on February 19th, the day of Lantern Festival, should make a real-name registration online before 10am that day.
How to make an appointment?
1.Follow the official WeChat account of Guangzhou Yuexiu Park “广州市越秀公园” (guang zhou shi yue xiu gong yuan);
2. Click “越秀灯会” at the bottom row on the interface, click “元宵观灯预约”, then click “点击进入购票预约” to enter the registration system;
3. Click “Appointment” to start your registration, choose venue (会场), date (日期), time (时间), and ticket type (门票类型);
4. Enter your name, number of your ID card, passport or Exit-Entry Permit for Traveling to and from Hong Kong and Macao, and your phone number;
5. Submit and make a payment, then you will get a notification message for your order.
Starting from 5pm on Lantern Festival (February 19th), the front gate at Jiefang North Road diagonally across China Hotel is the only entrance to the lantern show. Visitors who have finished online registration please enter the park with your ID card or passport or Exit-Entry Permit via the front gate.
Be aware that there is no parking lot in the park, so it is suggested that you’d better travel by public transportation. The nearest parking lots are located in China Hotel, Dong Fang Hotel and Guangzhou Liuhua Exhibition and Trade Center.
People take photos of the lanterns at Yuexiu Park on January 25th, 2019. [Photo: Nanfang Daily/Fu Chaojun]
Period: Till February 24th, 2019
Opening time of the park: 6:00-22:00
Lighting time of the show: 18:30-22:00
Admission: RMB 30 per person
Add.: Yuexiu Park, No. 988 Jiefang North Road, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou
Nearby metro station: Exit B1, Yuexiu Park, Line 2
Reported by Monica Liu
Edited by Wing Zhang