Chinese lanterns make a colorful and distinctive addition to creative backyard and patio decor. But, you don’t need to wait until Chinese New Year rolls around again to adorn your garden or patio with Chinese lanterns. Fun and funky, solar-powered Chinese lanterns bring colorful illumination to any backyard gathering no matter the time of year. Since they’re covered in a weather-resistant nylon fabric rather than fragile paper, they can stay in your outdoor areas indefinitely. And, because they are solar-powered, these energy-saving lights require no wires or cords, making them easy to hang anywhere.