The large-scale light installation. Photo by Hu Jiusi

The 5th East Lake New Year Lantern Festival and Wuhan Happy Valey Lighting Festival debuted on Dec.21. It is the first time for Wuhan Happy Valley to host this grand lantern festival that features 88 sets of lantern scenes and eight themes.

A group of top-level light and shadow works presented by the water lantern set "Mysterious Land on the Nile River," made their debut in Wuhan, bringing citizens a tour around the world through this night travel experience.

On the evening of Dec. 21, the opening ceremony of the Lantern Festival took place. A group of drones put on a lightshow, which then illuminated the valley with a sea of lights.The interactive tour shows from the Festival of Lights in Lyon, France, were also presented here: beautiful elves, dazling floats, and a joyous song and dance show. During the Spring Festival holiday, more activities will roll out.

During the Lantern Festival, children between 1.1 and 1.4 meters tall and senior citizens aged between 65 and 70 will be able to enjoy RMB 100 tickets discounted to just RMB 40. The festival lasts through Feb. 24, 2019. Visitors can enter the park after 4 p.m.