When you take the lanterns out of the surroundings of Chinatown, and look at them on their own, you still have to appreciate the mechanics of the lantern, and you realise how difficult they would be to make yourself. However, they are mass produced items and are made from cheap paper and cardboard. But yet to buy cost about £5. They can also very easily look tacky. You do wonder what people in China think of them, and it is hard to imagine that many people would have them in their homes in China. They may be more of a tourist, money making construction, than an accurate representation of something that is truly Chinese.