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The Giant Lanterns of China has now finished, a huge thank you to all the staff, volunteers and 80,000 visitors who helped make this for this event so special. Please view our events calendar for news of other upcoming events at Edinburgh Zoo...

In the winter of 2017, RZSS Edinburgh Zoo was home to The Giant Lanterns of China, an installation of over 450 dazzling giant lanterns that illuminated the Zoo for 50 awe-inspiring nights.

Visitors were wowed by Chinese performers, enjoyed wintery hot food and drinks, and shopped in our marketplace featuring hand-made crafts from Chinese artisans.

Find out more about the event:

>   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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Welcome archway

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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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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Flamingos

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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Chimpanzee

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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Temple of Heaven

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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Golden snub-nosed monkey

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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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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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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Zodiac

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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Zebra

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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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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Giant Armadillo

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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Penguins

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.