This week's Magical Lantern Festival focused on the Silk
Road, a network of trade routes connecting China with the West,
which expanded on Wednesday with the arrival of the first
China-to-Britain freight train in London.
Around 1,500 lanterns replicated this journey along the ancient
Silk Road, with illuminated models of Rome's Colosseum, the
Egyptian pyramids and a Tang dynasty palace.
The decorations, using 60,000 light bulbs, were also seen in
figures associated with the Middle East, such as camels, and the
characters of Aladdin, Jasmine and the Genie from the Disney
The festival of lights and color runs for 29 days, and
incorporates both traditional lanterns and technology, such as
London's official Lunar New Year celebrations take place in
Trafalgar Square on January 29, when tens of thousands of people
are expected to fill the iconic landmark.
This year is the Lunar New Year of the Rooster, one of 12
animals in the Chinese zodiac.
(Reporting by Reuters Television; Writing by Hillary Teo;
Editing by Karishma Singh and Randy Fabi)
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