Nanjing holds lantern making competition
2014-01-26 14:49:00

A contestant was busy making the frame of a lantern at the compeptition.

A lantern making competition was held at a tea house in Nanjing’s Laomendong historic block on Jan 24.

Contestants included lantern inheritors, handicraftsmen on Qinhuai Lantern Fair, and 21 students from Wudingxincun Primary School, Zhongshan Primary School, and Nanjing School for the Blind, all of which are lantern inheritance bases.

70-year-old Wang Zhongmin made a traditional lotus lantern.

The oldest contestant was 70-year-old Wang Zhongmin, who began learning the handicraft at the age of 12. Wang stuck home-made paste deftly on the framework of an undone lantern while explaining how to make lanterns. “I always use traditional materials to make lanterns,” he said. Soon an exquisite red lotus flower made of colorful paper was finished.

Handicraftsmen also made various scale models of Lele, mascot of Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games (YOG). “As a Nanjing native, I wish to make more lanterns of Lele to acquaint visitors to Nanjing with YOG,” said Mao Jinhai, a lantern maker, while he was sticking a logo of “Nanjing” to a just finished lantern of Lele.

Over ten lantern makers who took part in the competition were from Qinhuai District, hometown of lanterns in China proclaimed by China Federation of Literary and Art Circles.

Qinhuai Lantern Fair was named as one of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of China in 2006.

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