BELMONT, N.C. – Join Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden and George Zhao, Principal of Hanart Culture, during August’s First Tuesday Presentation on Tuesday, Aug. 8 at noon for a behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming Chinese Lantern Festival opening Sept.
This fall, the Garden is partnering with Hanart Culture, the producer of the Chinese Lantern Festival that has hosted similar shows in places such as Texas, Virginia, Florida, and Canada, but this will be their first time in North Carolina. The lanterns arrived at the Garden from Zigong, China in late July and Hanart Culture’s team has begun installation. During this presentation, guests will see how the exhibit is coming together, learn more about the lantern making process, and get a glimpse at some of the lanterns as they’re prepared for display. This First Tuesday presentation is being held on the second Tuesday of August to allow time for Hanart Culture to begin installation and give guests a better opportunity to learn about the process.
The Chinese Lantern Festival will be open Wednesdays through Sundays from Sept. 7 to Oct. 29 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. each evening. Guests will enter a world of illuminated pandas, lions, flamingos and hundreds of other wondrous and colorful animals from around the world. Each of these larger-than-life lanterns is created by masters of the craft in Zigong, China’s center of lantern heritage. Shop for unique crafts handmade on site, marvel at Kung Fu masters and enjoy our unique Asian-inspired horticultural display.
First Tuesday presentations are free with general Garden admission. Admission for Garden members is free, $12.95 for adults, $11.95 for seniors 60+, $6.95 for children 2-12 and free for children under the age of two. Guests are encouraged to bring lunch or to purchase a wrap or salad in The Garden Store to enjoy during the presentation in the Visitor Pavilion.