Monday, September 28, 2009

Categories of lanterns

According to Chinese culture, there are five main categories of paper lanterns. Little ones, which are called “baby’s bottom”, are normally used as Christmas lights. The long and tubular lanterns that are often used as a display outside restaurants are referred to as “rolling paper”. The “big red” and the “tomato light” are the terms used for the most popularly seen spherical mid-sized lanterns. Other decorative shapes, such as geometrical shapes and unique designs, fall into the “crystal magic” category.

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