Sixty-five-year-old Li Jianguo, one of the last remaining lantern craftspeople in Shanghai, spends all year making 600 lanterns to sell during the 15 days of the Lunar New Year. It takes 60 intricate steps and six hours to build the bamboo frame and decorate each one. Each sells for $15. In China, children have played with handmade paper lanterns shaped like rabbits, dragons and lotus flowers for generations. During Lantern Festival, the last day of the celebrations, families gather for a meal of dumplings and light their lanterns. Today, most lanterns are manufactured, but when Li was a boy, everyone had simple bamboo and paper ones. His was lit by a candle and had four wooden wheels and a string to pull it along. Sometimes it would fall over and burn, but that was considered good, he says -- like you burned up all your bad luck and could start fresh in the new year.

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