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Chinese zodiac animals will also feature at this year's River Hongbao

Published on Jan 4, 2014 8:46 AM

The annual River Hongbao returns at the end of the month, ushering in the Year of the Horse with the largest number of lanterns on display in the carnival's 28-year history.

Behind the 28 large handmade lantern displays - which include elements such as the God of Fortune and the animals of the Chinese zodiac - is a team of 36 craftsmen flown in specially from China's Sichuan province.

They arrived in Singapore last Dec 8 to embark on a 45-day challenge to build all the installations from scratch.

Leading the team is master lantern-maker and artistic director Guo Wanlin, 63, who has been honing his skills since he was 13. It is the first time he is involved in the River Hongbao, but he has designed lantern displays in countries such as France, Canada and the United States.

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