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Photos: Chinese Lantern Festival sells out in return to St. Louis

May 26, 2015

On Saturday night, the Chinese Lantern Festival's return to the Missouri Botanical Garden came amid a sellout crowd of 4,500 people.

It’s extremely uncommon to see an authentic Chinese lantern festival outside of Asia. The garden staged its first lantern festival in 2012 as a onetime event and celebration of the completion of Flora of China, a 25-year project documenting China’s wild plants that was completed in cooperation with gardens in China.

This year's edition is Lantern Festival: Magic Reimagined, a display of 22 sets of illuminated Chinese lanterns constructed out of steel and silk. It runs through Aug. 23.

Click on the photo above to view a photo slideshow. And check out our audio tour and photos of the festival when it was under construction.