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Lantern festival kicks off in Shanghai

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A girl looks at lanterns as she visits the Shanghai International Lantern Festival in Luxun Park in Shanghai, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012. According to Chinese tradition, people try to solve puzzles on lanterns, eat Yuanxiao (glutinous rice ball) and enjoy family reunions during the festival. The Lantern Festival is usually celebrated in winter, but in Shanghai, participants prefer to mark the festival at the end of summer to enjoy the warmer weather.

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A 656 feet dragon shaped lantern made with 10,000 pieces of porcelain including ceramic bowls, dishes, plates and cups releases smoke as locals visit the Shanghai International Lantern Festival.

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