All landscape lights will be turned on during the upcoming Spring Festival holiday, adding a splash of color to the city’s night view, Shanghai’s greenery authorities said on Friday.
On Chinese New Year’s Eve, lights will be switched on between 6pm and 12:30am based on the Chinese tradition of shousui (staying up late), the Shanghai Greenery and Public Sanitation Bureau said.
Between Tuesday and Saturday, the city will be illuminated by landscape lights from 6pm to 10pm, according to the bureau.
Lighting patterns with Spring Festival themes will be displayed along both banks of the Huangpu River to let residents and tourists experience the flavor of Chinese New Year, the bureau said.
Behind the brilliant night view of Shanghai is the hard work of more than 100 engineers at the Shanghai Landscape Light Monitoring Center in Huangpu District.
They need to stick to their posts through the holiday.
“It is a pity to miss the family reunion during the holiday, but I am happy and have a sense of fulfillment when I see tourists pleasantly enjoying the brilliant night view presented by these lights and take photos,” said Shen Yuan, an engineer who will work in the city center on Chinese Lunar New Year’s Eve and during the holiday. “It is the best reward for me,” he said.
Shanghai’s greenery authorities have conducted inspections and maintenance on the lighting systems to ensure normal and safe operation during the holiday.
An illumination renovation and upgrade project for the Huangpu River was accomplished last year, involving the Yangpu, Nanpu, Xupu and Lupu bridges, the 340 key structures between the Yangpu and Nanpu bridges, 16 piers and nearly 20 kilometers of river bank.
Sodium lights have been replaced with LED lights on the Bund to make the ray of light more subtle and controllable. During different seasons, lights with different colors are featured based on the change of temperature.