Sanya bans sales & release of sky lanterns during Mid-Autumn Festival
Sky lanterns are small hot air balloons made of paper. In China, during Lantern Festival at the end of Spring Festival, and during Mid-Autumn Festival and Ghost Festival, people usually release sky lanterns to pray for blessings.
However, such rituals can become a public safety hazard. In August alone, 23 bullet train services on the Hainan Eastern Ring Railway had to be cancelled because a large number of sky lanterns released by villagers got caught in the high voltage train cables.
In order to ensure public safety during the festival, the government will coordinate with the police departments to conduct inspections in Sanya Bay, Dadonghai, and Yalong Bay especially near flight paths and railway lines. Anyone found violating the regulations will be fined up to RMB 20,000.