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Light the way to a Montreal hostel

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Light the way to a Montreal hostel
Travellers looking for activities in Canada may like to check out the Magic of Lanterns spectacle.

The event, which takes place from September 10th to October 31st, features more than 700 of the traditional lamps on show each year, which could be an ideal reason to book a cheap hostel in Montreal.

Currently in its 18th year, the extravaganza - which is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the friendship between Montreal and Shanghai - will feature lanterns in various shapes and sizes, including those of grasshoppers, dragonflies and butterflies.

This year's theme is Like a Painting, inspired by Chinese creation Qing Ming Shang He Tu, which was painted in 1127 on a 5.28m silk scroll by a Song Dynasty artist.

Individuals who are considering attending the event might like to book a Montreal hostel close to the city's Botanical Gardens to avoid travelling too far.

Moreover, the exhibition takes place in the Chinese Garden, which was influenced by the private grounds popular in the southern Yangzi River areas and has four main elements of harmony - plants, water, stones and architecture.

It features thousands of pieces of material that were all shipped over from Shanghai in 120 containers and took 50 workmen to assemble in 1990.

Traditional Chinese delicacies will be available to purchase, such as pastries and jasmine-scented green tea.

People looking for souvenirs to take home might like to note that smaller versions of the lanterns can be purchased from the Chinese Garden gift shop.

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