Lanzhou, a city in northwestern China, yesterday flew 1,000 drones to stage a lighting performance for hundreds of tourists on the first day of the weeklong holiday this year.
At Lanzhou Jinshui Plaza, a local landmark and tourist attraction, about 1,000 drones soared to the night skies and adorned the skylines of the city known for its beef noodles and rich cultural heritage.
The illuminated drones danced in the air according to choreographed flight patterns, switching the color of the light depending on the circumstances.
The drone fleet displayed cultural icons, local scenic spots, and welcome messages, drawing a large crowd of onlookers to the plaza next to Yellow River that bisects Lanzhou.
According to the organizer, the drone light show will be held for another day today in celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival and seven-day National Day holiday, also known as the “Golden Week” break.
Across China, drones are utilized more often during celebrations of major events, festivals and sports competitions.
Amid growing environmental awareness, drones have steadily replaced fireworks on these occasions and found wider applications beyond just aerial photography.
In addition to the drone light shows, Lanzhou will also organize manned eVTOL performances at popular tourist destinations like Danxia landscapes.