Giant dragon lantern unveiled near Lingqiao Bridge in Ningbo

chinadaily.com.cn| Updated:  February 7, 2024 L M S


A colossal dragon lantern is lit up near the iconic Lingqiao Bridge in Ningbo, Zhejiang province, on Feb 6. [Photo/Ningbo Daily]

In celebration of the Year of the Dragon, a colossal lantern shaped like the zodiac animal has been unveiled near the iconic Lingqiao Bridge in Ningbo, Zhejiang province, adding a delightful touch of festivity to the city.

Illuminated on Feb 6, the installation measures 20 meters in length and 10 meters in height, casting its blessings upon both local residents and visitors with its enchanting glow.

Originally constructed during the Tang Dynasty (618-907) as a floating bridge comprised of a chain of boats, the Lingqiao Bridge underwent a reconstruction in 1931, led by Shanghai merchants of Ningbo origin. Completed in 1936, with a length of 132 meters and a 97-meter span, the bridge stands as China's inaugural circular steel-beam bridge, designed with the expertise of Chinese architects. As one of the enduring modern engineering marvels in Zhejiang province, the bridge has undergone significant renovations only once in over 100-year history. In 2005, it was honored as a key cultural heritage site in Zhejiang.

In addition to the enormous lantern, a variety of dragon-themed decorations have been displayed around cultural venues, tourist attractions, and commercial complexes across Ningbo, including the Ningbo Cultural Center, Ningbo Library, Ningbo Museum, Laowaitan, and Cicheng Ancient Town. These decorations are part of the local Spring Festival celebrations, inviting all to visit and capture unforgettable moments.