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This winter, RZSS Edinburgh Zoo will be home to The Giant Lanterns of China, an installation of over 450 dazzling giant lanterns that will illuminate the Zoo for 50 awe-inspiring nights.

Be wowed by Chinese performers, enjoy wintery hot food and drinks, and shop in our Christmas marketplace featuring hand-made crafts from Chinese artisans.

Find out more about the event:

>   Download our maps and trails: Click here

>   View our Giant Lanterns magical menu: Click here.

>   View our frequently asked questions: Click here

The partnership to create the lanterns stems from a long standing relationship between RZSS and Sichuan, the birth place of Edinburgh Zoo’s giant pandas.

Brought to you in partnership with the VYA Creative Lantern Company, DDM Entertainment and Events Inc, and the Confucius Institute for Scotland.

Giant Lanterns of China event partners 

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Blue poison arrow frogs

The Giant Lanterns of China event features over 450 bespoke lanterns spread across 25 breathtaking installations. We will gradually unveil different lanterns as we get closer to the event.

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Mystery Lanterns #1

The Giant Lanterns of China event features over 450 bespoke lanterns apread across 25 breathtaking installations. We will gradually unveil different lanterns as we get closer to the event.

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Mystery Lanterns #2

The Giant Lanterns of China event features over 450 bespoke lanterns apread across 25 breathtaking installations. We will gradually unveil different lanterns as we get closer to the event.

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Mystery Lanterns #3

The Giant Lanterns of China event features over 450 bespoke lanterns apread across 25 breathtaking installations. We will gradually unveil different lanterns as we get closer to the event.

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Chinese lantern corridor

The Giant Lanterns of China event features over 450 bespoke lanterns spread across 25 breathtaking installations. We will gradually unveil different lanterns as we get closer to the event.

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Mystery Lanterns #5

The Giant Lanterns of China event features over 450 bespoke lanterns apread across 25 breathtaking installations. We will gradually unveil different lanterns as we get closer to the event.

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Peacocks

The Giant Lanterns of China event features over 450 bespoke lanterns apread across 25 breathtaking installations. We will gradually unveil different lanterns as we get closer to the event.

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Mystery Lanterns #7

The Giant Lanterns of China event features over 450 bespoke lanterns apread across 25 breathtaking installations. We will gradually unveil different lanterns as we get closer to the event.

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Mystery Lanterns #8

The Giant Lanterns of China event features over 450 bespoke lanterns apread across 25 breathtaking installations. We will gradually unveil different lanterns as we get closer to the event.

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Mystery Lanterns #9

The Giant Lanterns of China event features over 450 bespoke lanterns apread across 25 breathtaking installations. We will gradually unveil different lanterns as we get closer to the event.

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Giant pandas

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The Giant Lanterns of China event features over 450 bespoke lanterns apread across 25 breathtaking installations. We will gradually unveil different lanterns as we get closer to the event.

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Mystery Lanterns #12

The Giant Lanterns of China event features over 450 bespoke lanterns apread across 25 breathtaking installations. We will gradually unveil different lanterns as we get closer to the event.

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Chameleons

The Giant Lanterns of China event features over 450 bespoke lanterns spread across 25 breathtaking installations. We will gradually unveil different lanterns as we get closer to the event.

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Mystical qilin

 The Giant Lanterns of China event features over 450 bespoke lanterns spread across 25 breathtaking installations. We will gradually unveil different lanterns as we get closer to the event.

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Giant Chinese Dragon

Guarding over the event from Christmas through to the Chinese New Year, is a 118 foot long dragon.

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Pride of lions

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Butterflies

The Giant Lanterns of China event features over 450 bespoke lanterns spread across 25 breathtaking installations. We will gradually unveil different lanterns as we get closer to the event.

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Beavers

The Giant Lanterns of China event features over 450 bespoke lanterns spread across 25 breathtaking installations. We will gradually unveil different lanterns as we get closer to the event.

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Mystery Lanterns #25

The Giant Lanterns of China event features over 450 bespoke lanterns apread across 25 breathtaking installations. We will gradually unveil different lanterns as we get closer to the event.

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The Giant Lanterns of China event features over 450 bespoke lanterns apread across 25 breathtaking installations. We will gradually unveil different lanterns as we get closer to the event.

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The Giant Lanterns of China event features over 450 bespoke lanterns apread across 25 breathtaking installations. We will gradually unveil different lanterns as we get closer to the event.

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The Giant Lanterns of China event features over 450 bespoke lanterns apread across 25 breathtaking installations. We will gradually unveil different lanterns as we get closer to the event.