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May 15, 2017
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden to host festival of hundreds of lanterns beginning September 7
BELMONT, N.C. – Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden invites guests to explore Asian culture during the Chinese Lantern Festival to be held Wednesday through Sunday, for eight weeks from Sept. 7 through Oct. 29 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. each evening. Tickets are now available at www.DSBG.org.
We may call these “lanterns,” but make no mistake – these are not hand-held, candle-lit lamps. From humble beginnings of silk and paper, the Chinese lantern has evolved into the wondrous shapes and sizes of the Chinese Lantern Festival. Enter “The Wild,” a world of life-size (sometimes larger than life) illuminated panda bears, lions, flamingoes and more fauna from the world’s seven continents. Each of the lanterns is made by masters of the craft in Zigong, China’s center of lantern heritage. Others are made of small glass medicine bottles filled with colored liquid. Arranged in the shape of dragons, peacocks, and giant pearls, they glimmer like crystal rainbows. It’s Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden’s largest exhibition to date and hundreds of lanterns will fill more than 12 acres.
Living arts further enhance the Chinese Lantern Festival. Guests will marvel at Kung Fu shows, savor Asian food and browse the marketplace that features authentic Chinese folk art and crafts. All this surrounded by the lush Garden featuring an all-new Asian-inspired display that was installed this spring and will be in place throughout the year. Japanese maples, bamboo, grasses, iris, ferns and more are pulled together to develop the display that also features other traditional Asian elements such as rock and raked sand.
Throughout autumn, the Garden will offer continuing education classes for adults, programs for schools and home schools, guided tours for groups and much more. Join us on Wednesday, Oct. 4 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. for the Mid-Autumn Festival, a traditional Asian event that celebrates the moon. Visitors can enjoy family-friendly activities and sample a traditional a moon cake. Mid-Autumn Festival is free with festival admission.
Admission for the Chinese Lantern Festival begins at 5:30 p.m. Visitors can save by purchasing tickets online in advance at www.DSBG.org where tickets are $21.95 per adult, $19.95 per senior 60+, $14.95 per child ages 2 through 12, and free for children under the age of two. If tickets are not sold out for an evening, tickets will also be available at the door for $24.95 per adult, $21.95 per senior 60+, $15.95 per child ages 2 through 12, and free for children under the age of two. Garden members receive a 30% discount on tickets including up to four guests. Please note that the Garden will remain open daily for general admission from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with daytime entry ending at 4 p.m.
The Chinese Lantern Festival is a production of Hanart Culture (www.chineselanternfestival.com). The exhibition is sponsored by Duke Energy, WSOC-TV and K104.7.
For more information call (704) 825-4490 or visit www.DSBG.org.
About Hanart Culture’s Chinese Lantern Festival
Hanart Culture’s Chinese Lantern Festival is a magical showcase of hundreds of illuminated lantern displays and live Kung Fu shows. The festival is a stunning visual exhibition of Chinese art and culture. Featured attractions also include dinosaur ride, Chinese Folk Art and Crafts, food, plus interactive Kung Fu and Martial Arts lessons on stage for visitors.