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  Chinese water lanterns

 

China

At sundown during the Spirit Festival, also known as the Water Lantern Festival, Chinese people set lotus-shaped lanterns adrift on the water, similar to the Thai festival of Loi Krathong (fig.).

 

This is done in a stream, river or canal, as seen here in the picturesque village of Wuzhen (fig.), yet here it was done during the festival of Qing Ming.

 

  Chinese water lanterns