A legendary night awaits ...

The Giant Lanterns of China return to Edinburgh Zoo this winter. Join us for a new and exciting adventure as Scottish myths, ancient Chinese legends and incredible creatures come to life.

Escape into a world of folktales and fantasy with over 450 beautifully crafted lanterns lighting a magical trail through the Zoo. For 50 legendary nights, we’ll be home to unicorns, giants, kelpies and even the Loch Ness Monster, alongside animals past and present.

This unique and special event also includes handmade crafts from Chinese artisans in our festive marketplace and seasonal hot drinks and snacks to keep you warm.

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

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Opening book

Every epic story, begins with the opening of a book, and the words 'Once upon a time...'

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Qing Niao

As you begin your magical journey through the Giant Lanterns, walk under the giant tail feather archway of the mystical messenger bird, the Qing Niao.

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Monkey King

Born from a stone egg shaped by mountain winds, the Monkey King’s tale is that of a great magician and a master trickster!

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Mystical Winged Tiger

The mystical winged tiger, one of the elemental and seasonal god beasts in Chinese culture, represents the West and Autumn.

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Green Dragon and Nessie

The worlds of Scottish folklore and Chinese legend meet, as the legendary Green Dragon and Loch Ness Monster entwine in friendship.

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Herd of unicorns

Meet our magical herd of unicorns - chosen by Scotland as an emblem for being small but mighty.

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Arthur's Seat Dragon

Discover the legend behind one of Edinburgh's most famous landmarks.

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Nuckelavee

This centaur-like demon from Orkney is said to drain the life from out of the land.
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Bogles

These elemental sprites are born from a flicker of fire, a droplet of water, a pinch of earth or a breath of air, combined with an act of human kindness.

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Mystery lanterns

The Giant Lanterns of China - Myths & Legends - event will be home to hundreds of magical light installations. We will gradually reveal more lanterns as we get nearer to the opening night. 

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Ghillie Dhu

A lone male faerie, who likes his own company!
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Faerie Glen

Take a magical journey through the land of the mischievous faeries as they dance and light the way.

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Polar bear

The Giant Lanterns of China event features over 450 bespoke lanterns apread across 25 breathtaking installations. Meet Hamish and Victoria from our Highland Wildlife Park.

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Giraffes

The Giant Lanterns of China event features over 450 bespoke lanterns apread across 25 breathtaking installations. 

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Mystery lantern

The Giant Lanterns of China - Myths & Legends - event will be home to hundreds of magical light installations. We will gradually reveal more lanterns as we get nearer to the event. 

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Mammoth

Meet this prehistoric giant, an iconic legend of the past!

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Suzaku

One of the four legend beasts featured in this year's event, the mystical fire-bird known as the Suzaku

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