Palace lanterns from the name means the lamp used in the palace. Lanterns began in the Eastern Han Dynasty, flourished in the Sui and Tang dynasties, with strong local characteristics.
According to legend, the Eastern Han Emperor Guangwu set up capital in Luoyang. After the reunification of the world, in order to celebrate the exploits, decorated in court, put lanterns everywhere in the palace. This is how the name palace lanterns come.
After Sui and Tang dynasties, during the Lantern Festival, every family hanging lamp, bright light everywhere.
In the Qing Dynasty, lanterns because its precious so became the reward from emperor. This custom spreader to the country and overseas. Lanterns production technology also passed by a civil court. The palace lanterns shape usually are octagonal, hexagonal and square.
Traditional lanterns use candle to make light. To prevent from the wind, use water glue to brush off the gauze. And you can see a wide range of patterns on the cover. Each pattern has different meaning, each with different functions, mostly dragon and phoenix means longevity and good luck.
Lanterns in China has thousands of years of history, has become a symbol of traditional Chinese culture. Lanterns of handicraft production as special handicrafts renowned in the world. Until today, in some luxury residence halls you can still find decorative palace lanterns.