Origins

The Chinese Lantern Festival is believed to date back 2000 years ago to the Eastern Han Dynasty when Buddhist monks would light lanterns in the temples. Traditionally, the Lantern Festival marks the end of the Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival. The lanterns are thought to symbolize people letting go of their pasts and celebrating a new future.

In partnership with Zigong Lantern Group and China Lantern International, which is the #1 industry leader in Chinese Lantern Festivals worldwide, Jungle Island will invite visitors from around the globe to marvel at a nighttime jungle filled with giant lanterns, up lit by over 1 million LED lights and hand-crafted out of colorful silk by Chinese artisans, from October 5, 2019 to January 8, 2020.

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About Zigong Lantern Group

Zigong Lantern Group is the #1 industry leader and the largest in Chinese Lantern Festivals worldwide. In 2016, Zigong Lantern Group merged with multiple reputable Zigong lantern culture enterprises and an investment company from Shenzhen.

Dedicated to storytelling and sharing traditional Chinese cultures, Zigong Lantern Group specializes in lantern exhibition, lantern design, simulated dinosaurs and animals, and landscape and horticulture design. As the first group to bring this festival from China to the overseas markets, Zigong has held lantern festivals in over 30 cities in 16 foreign countries and more than 200 cities and regions in China. A number of the firm’s accolades include the Gold Award by the 5th Expo of Chinese Festival Tourist Products, Asia Achievement Award by the Committee of Korea Festival Contents Awards and Brass Ring Winner for its “Illumination” exhibit held at the Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in Gilroy, California by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA).

Additionally, Zigong Lantern Group was the only Chinese lantern group invited to participate in the G20 Summit, held in Hamburg, Germany.