Animal lanterns light up St Andrew Square

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St Andrew Square will be illuminated by three animal lanterns throughout September and October as visitors get a sneak peek of The Giant Lanterns of China - a 50-night event hosted by RZSS Edinburgh Zoo this winter.

Visitors to St Andrew Square can catch a glimpse of the dazzling flamingo, penguin and panda lanterns as part of a limited edition pop-up showcasing the first selection of sculptures, shipped 5,000 miles from the Far East.

They will join a further 450 lanterns in the spectacular Edinburgh Zoo event this winter.

A team of Chinese craftsmen are producing 34 installations by putting in a total of 25,000 hours of work in partnership with the VYA Creative Lantern Company and DDM Entertainment and Events Inc. Traveling with the lanterns, will be a core team of master craftsmen to make final preparations and maintain the intricate sculptures throughout the festival.

The Giant Lanterns of China festival explores three themes: China, RZSS Edinburgh Zoo, and the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s (RZSS) worldwide animal conservation work. It will feature 211 animal-themed lanterns, a 19-foot high and 115-foot long Chinese dragon, and Chinese heritage symbols alongside flowers, insects and fauna.

Jo Paulson, Events and Experiences Manager RZSS Edinburgh Zoo, said: “It’s fitting that our stunning animal sculptures visit Edinburgh’s city centre before becoming part of the spectacular winter festival of light here at Edinburgh Zoo. This is an exciting sneak peek for tourists and locals alike. As the only place in Scotland to see these lanterns, The Giant Lanterns of China will encourage our local supporters and visitors from around the world to view animals and conservation in a whole new light.”

Each evening of the event, visitors will be entertained with special surprises such as performances, food and craft stalls. It will give visitors a taste of Chinese culture while they explore the epic works of lantern art.

Tickets for The Giant Lanterns of China are priced from £17.50 per adult and available at: