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Peacock Vase Lantern

October 08, 2015 - This lantern is made from medicine bottles to show the importance of Traditional Chinese Medicine, which relies on mixtu...
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Year of the Sheep

October 07, 2015 - The Chinese have a 12-year zodiac cycle and each year is represented by an animal. 2015 is the year of the sheep. Accord...
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Lighted Giant Penjing

October 06, 2015 - According to the Missouri Botanical Garden, clipping plants into shapes started in China. The process is called penzai a...
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Joyous Greeting Lantern

October 05, 2015 - According to the Missouri Botanical Garden, red ribbon symbolizes joyous celebration in Chinese culture. Ribbons are oft...
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Birdland

October 02, 2015 - According to the Missouri Botanical Garden, many Asian water birds spend the winter at Napa Lake, which lies below Shang...
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Porcelain Stupas Pagoda

October 01, 2015 - This lantern is modeled on the Porcelain Stupas Pagoda built during the Qing dynasty on a mountaintop in southern China.
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Lantern Way

September 30, 2015 - According to the Missouri Botanical Garden, colors have important symbolic meaning. In China, red stands for good fortun...
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Flower Fairies Lantern

September 29, 2015 - According to the Missouri Botanical Garden, in ancient Chinese legends the Flower Fairies oversee all the flowers of the...
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Emperor Observing the Construction of the Great Wall Lantern

September 28, 2015 - This lantern depicts the legend of Lady Meng Jiang. According to the Missouri Botanical Garden, her husband was forced b...
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Double Ninth Festival Lantern

September 25, 2015 - According to the Missouri Botanical Garden, the double ninth festival is held on the 9th day of the 9th lunar month. Nin...
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Cherry Tree Arches Lanterns

September 24, 2015 - According to the Missouri Botanical Garden, cherry trees are part of the rose family. Cherry blossoms mark the beginning...
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Panda and Dandelion Lanterns

September 23, 2015 - According to the Missouri Botanical Garden, pandas are the rarest member of the bear family and live mainly in bamboo fo...
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Chrysanthemum Pathway

September 22, 2015 - According to the Missouri Botanical Garden, there are 22 species of mums found in China, 13 of which are found nowhere e...
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Crane Paradise

September 21, 2015 - According to the Missouri Botanical Garden, the Zhalong Nature Reserve is the world’s second largest wetland and the lar...
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Soaring Dragon Horse

September 18, 2015 - This was my favorite lantern - the way it was reflected in the water, the sounds of thundering hooves, the fire and smok...
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Lotus Girl and the Dragon King

September 17, 2015 - According to the Missouri Botanical Garden, there is an old Chinese tale which tells of a man who fell into a water hole...
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Wetland Wonders

September 16, 2015 - According to the Missouri Botanical Garden, wetlands are some of the most degraded ecological systems worldwide. Almost...
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Porcelain Elephants: Toward a Better Time

September 15, 2015 - According to the Missouri Botanical Garden, the Chinese enjoy puns, especially ones playing on sounds. For example, the...
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Full Bloom Peonies

September 14, 2015 - According to the Missouri Botanical Garden, there are 15 species of peonies from China, of which 10 are found nowhere el...
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Sun Yatsen Gate

September 11, 2015 - This was the arch over the entrance to the display of lanterns. According to the Missouri Botanical Garden, stone archwa...
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Chinese Phoenix

September 10, 2015 - In ancient Greece and Rome, the phoenix symbolized renewal, every 500 years incinerating herself and rising anew from he...
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2015 Lantern Festival: Magic Reimagined

August 17, 2015 - I just returned from visiting the 2015 Lantern Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St Louis. The garden is fill...
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