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'China Lights' returns to Boerner Botanical Gardens on Friday

Posted at 7:35 AM, Sep 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-11 17:43:44-04

MILWAUKEE — The popular Chinese Lantern festival "China Lights" is making a comeback at the Boerner Botanical Gardens with a brand-new show this year.

The annual festival that takes place in Hales Corners starts on Friday, Sept. 13, and runs until Oct. 20.

Witness the magical glow of 40 sculptural lanterns as you walk through the landscape of the gardens, which are all intended to highlight an important part of Chinese history. We've rounded up six important things to know before heading to the event.

1. Highlighting Chinese Treasures:

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Experience China without a passport when you witness the 25-foot-tall Temple of Heaven near the visitor center. Visiting a remake of The Great Wall is another option in the Rotary Garden. Terra Cotta Warriors will also be present this year, including the emperor and horses.

2. Cultural Entertainment:

The festival offers several entertainment options every night, including stage shows. An illumination parade is scheduled to begin at 6:15 nightly. Witness professional entertainment from China at the Dragon and Panda stages. Face changing will take place as done in the Sichuan Opera.

3. Interactive Activities:
The Moon Swings will return to the grounds this year. Fit with a big piano, three dinosaurs and lots of music, festival officials say the activities will be located on the northwest side of the garden.

4. Taking the perfect selfie:

Try on traditional Chinese clothing near the Dragon Stage to take the perfect photo. Angel Wings are also available to take pictures with near the interactive area.

5. New Food:
Several new food options are available this year which represent Chinese culture. Selections from restaurants such as Dragon Plaza, Zhou's Garden Cafe, Panda Plaza, and Ralph's Wine and Sakke Bar will be available.

6. Event Parking:
Finding a good parking spot is a great way to begin your visit to China Lights. See a map of the different parking locations below to ensure that you get a good spot.

Tickets cost $12 for children under 18 and seniors. Adult tickets cost $20. For more information on the event, click here.