Lighting a path to love in China

A romantic lantern festival has been held in an ancient town in Hefei City, in east China’s Anhui Province to celebrate Qi Xi or Chinese Valentine’s Day which falls on Monday. China has its own special day for lovebirds. The day itself has many names, Qi Xi, the Magpie Festival or the Double Seventh Festival since the holiday falls on the seventh day of the seventh month of the Chinese lunar calendar. Sanhe is an ancient town in Hefei City famous for its natural scenery and ancient architecture including historic alleys, bridges, and houses. The town served as the perfect backdrop for an enchanting and romantic evening. The lantern festival was designed to create a romantic place for tourists to celebrate Qi Xi. The event attracted couples as well as many singletons still waiting to find their perfect match. In fact, more than 80,000 tourists from different parts of the country attended the festival on Saturday.