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This Chinese Sky Lantern Really Is The Limit

This Chinese Sky Lantern Really Is The Limit

The sky was really the limit for this record breaking lantern made and released above a village in southern China.

The huge creation - 40 metres wide and almost as high - was handcrafted by villagers in Hongling, in southern China's Hainan province, in the shape of a castle.

Village elder Kang Li said: "We wanted to do something that would put our village on the map. Everyone around the world knows about Chinese lanterns so we wanted to make a really special one."

Villagers spent weeks stitching special pockets of fabric together to make sure the lantern would rise when they lit candles and burners inside it.

Organisers say it cost nearly 3,000 GBP to create, complete with a huge built-in fireworks display which detonated after the lantern rose skywards.

Once it was airborne, the lantern soared 300 metres into the air before it began to burn up with the fireworks providing the grand finale.

Now village officials say they are presenting all their evidence to world record keepers to make their victory official.

Said Li: "It will give us something to be proud of achieving together."

Chinese lanterns are often released in China to bring love or good fortune.

At this time of the year - known as Ghost Month - villages traditionally use lanterns as a way of dispelling evil spirits.

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