Friday, June 3, 2011

Chinese lantern festival coming to Missouri Botanical Garden

ST. LOUIS, MO (ST. LOUIS PUBLIC RADIO) - The Missouri Botanical Garden will host a Chinese lantern festival next year.

The exhibition - the first of its kind in the United States - will feature 26 large, brightly-colored lantern displays from China's Zigong province.

At a press conference Thursday, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay said next year's exhibition will help attract tourism and showcase St. Louis as a global destination.

“People when they come to our city and they experience it, they like it. And that can only help us long-term, in terms of just promoting ourselves not only nationally but internationally,” Slay said.

The exhibition will run for three months starting at the end of May, 2012.

Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio


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