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Lanterns set to shine next year

THE Lantern Festival at Yuyuan Garden in Huangpu District is likely to be reinstated in 2016 after being canceled this year due to the New Year’s Eve tragedy on the Bund, a top official said yesterday.

“All risks must be scrutinized and eliminated this year, but we will support Huangpu District in resuming the Yuyuan Lantern Festival next year,” Vice Mayor Zhao Wen said.

Despite the cancelation of five public events due to safety concerns, people will still be able to enjoy 24 activities and celebrations during this year’s Spring Festival and Lantern Festival holidays, tourism authorities said.

These include the traditional water town wedding ceremony, exhibitions related to the upcoming Year of the Sheep and flower shows, they said.

According to official figures, about 600,000 people flocked to Yuyuan Garden on February 14 last year to celebrate the Lantern Festival. From February 22-24, 2013, more than 1.5 million people visited the tourist attraction during the festive period.

While there are strict regulations governing organized large-scale activities in Shanghai, no such rules apply to non-official public gatherings, Vice Mayor Bai Shaokang said yesterday.

Such events will, however, be governed by relevant laws and regulations in the future, he said.


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