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Guyi Garden opens for lantern festival spectacular

ONE of the city's oldest and most spectacular gardens, Guyi Garden, will have a rare night opening for the Lantern Festival this weekend. For three nights the garden will host colorful lantern displays, lantern dances and fireworks.

The garden, in Jiading District's Nanxiang Town, normally closes at 6pm but will stay open until 9:30pm from Saturday to Monday.

There will be eight different lanterns shows, featuring traditional fairytales about such subjects as the lotus, dragon and phoenix. The four 20-minute lantern dance performances each night on the garden's big lawn will be accompanied by a fireworks display.

Visitors can taste the famous snack Nanxiang xiaolongbao at the garden's entrance. The steamed buns, made of thin pastry and tender, rich stuffing, have been popular for more than a century.

Guyi Garden, the city's biggest classic garden, was built in the Ming dynasty nearly 500 years ago.

The Chinese Lantern Festival falls on February 9 this year.

Entrance to the garden (telephone 5912 2225) costs 12 yuan. To get there you can catch the 562, 822 or 517 buses. Also Travel Line 6A departs the Shanghai Sightseeing Center at Shanghai Stadium. The Hutang Bus Line travels there from Shanghai Railway Station's South Square.
Added return buses will run from the garden to Meiliyuan near Jin'an Temple.


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