A blessing in the skies? 1,000 glittering drones set new world record in S China

Added On February 16, 2017

South China's Guangzhou city orchestrated a dazzling 1,000-drone performance to mark the end of Chinese Lunar New Year.

Traditionally, Chinese people celebrate the end of the new year, which falls on the 15th day of the first lunar month, with a lantern festival.

But this year, lanterns were replaced by shining high-tech drones that lit up the night sky of Guangzhou.

The performance is believed to have set a Guinness World Record for the largest number of drones that were airborne simultaneously, shattering the previous record held by Intel when it launched 500 drones in the sky in November.

The drones took off from a square near Guangzhou Tower and were operated by a remote-control computer system.

Flying as high as 120 meters, the drones looked like lanterns hanging in the sky. The glittering drones configured themselves in multiple formations.

Xinhua News Agency correspondents reporting from Guangzhou, China.