In photos: see Yu Garden lit up for Spring Festival at the annual Lantern Festival

Get yourself and the little ones into the CNY spirit with these brightly coloured displays

Wondering where to get into the Chinese New Year's spirit in Shanghai? There's tons of it at Yu Gardens right now where the the area has been decked out with huge displays of brightly coloured lanterns welcoming the Year of the Pig. Excellent for all ages – with the crowds to prove it – here's a taste of what to expect from the 24th Yuyuan Lantern Festival. 

Photographs: Yang Xiaozhe and Amy Snelling
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Event details

Entry to see the lanterns is free except February 15 to 19, when tickets are needed through the run up to Lantern Festival (Tue 19). The pricing is a little complicated, so here goes: from Friday 15 to Monday 18 it's 50RMB for adults and 30RMB for kids (tickets available from 4-10.30pm Fri 15 and Mon 18; 2-11pm Sat 16-Sun 17); on Tuesday 19 tickets are 80RMB adults and 50RMB kids (tickets available from 2-11pm). Tickets are available online and near Yuyuan (there's a ticket booth opposite Yuyuan Gate). Lights will be turned on from 5.30pm every day, except for Feb 4 for chuxi (Chinese New Year's Eve).

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