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The Lighting of the Osmanthus Gardens

April 3, 2019

  • Dates: Wed, 03/04/2019 – Sun, 07/04/2019
  • Time: 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
  • Location: Osmanthus Gardens, Hastings

The lighting of the stunning Osmanthus Gardens(external link) is an annual celebration of Hastings’ near 40-year sister city relationship with the Chinese city of Guilin – an explosion of colour in the Chinese-designed garden in the heart of the city.

This year’s festival will be held from April 3 to April 7.

The trees and paths are beautifully lit and large lotus lanterns are aglow on the lake every evening.

The traditional Chinese garden, designed by a Guilin landscape architect in 1995/96, is named for the abundance of fragrant Osmanthus trees in the city of Guilin.

The annual festival attracts up to 12,000 people to experience Chinese culture in an authentic setting.

https://www.hastingsdc.govt.nz/hastings/about-hastings/sister-cities/lighting-osmanthus/(external link)

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