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The Chinese Lantern Festival delights visitors with more than 800 lanterns lighting up the sky. 2017's theme is "The Wild," so visitors can expect lantern figures depicting animals from across the globe, including pandas, leopards, and polar bears. Visitors can view live kung-fu performances headed by national martial-arts champions from China, participate in free kung-fu coaching sessions, or take a dinosaur ride (for an additional fee). Here are some other interesting numbers about the festival:
- 5 areas of the world—America, Oceania, Asia, Antarctica, and Africa—are represented at the festival
- 20+ animals take the shape of life-size the lanterns; they include jumping koi fish, growling lions, and majestic cranes
- 9+ folk artists from China display their work, which ranges from clay portraits to folk embroidery and Chinese knotting
- 7 colors—all that are visible on the spectrum—fill the festival space to create a colorful show of lanterns, fountains, and lights
- 2017: the year the festival highlights “The Wild” with lanterns in the form of animals for around the world, include creatures from Africa, Antarctica, Asia, and more.