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Photos: Chinese Lantern Festival sells out in return to St. Louis

On Saturday night, the Chinese Lantern Festival's return to the Missouri Botanical Garden came amid a sellout crowd of 4,500 people.

It’s extremely uncommon to see an authentic Chinese lantern festival outside of Asia. The garden staged its first lantern festival in 2012 as a onetime event and celebration of the completion of Flora of China, a 25-year project documenting China’s wild plants that was completed in cooperation with gardens in China.

This year's edition is Lantern Festival: Magic Reimagined, a display of 22 sets of illuminated Chinese lanterns constructed out of steel and silk. It runs through Aug. 23.

Click on the photo above to view a photo slideshow. And check out our audio tour and photos of the festival when it was under construction.

Alex is the executive producer of "St. Louis on the Air" at St. Louis Public Radio.