Lantern riddles are riddles that were written on the lanterns that are displayed during the Chinese Lantern Festival or Chinese middle autumn festival and so on.
People in the festival must guess the answer from a word , a poem or a phrase, guessing the riddles are as hard as fighting with a tiger, so that lantern riddles have another name - 'lantern tigers'.
Some example of Lantern Riddles
• English Lantern Riddles
Riddles: What's full of holes but still holds water?
Answer: a sponge
Riddles: What building has the most stories?
Answer: A library
Riddles: Which is faster, hot or cold?
Answer: Hot's faster. You can catch a cold.
答：热更快，因为你能抓住冷（catch a cold: 感冒）
Riddles: When is your mind like a rumpled
Answer: When it is not made up.
答：当它没有叠的时候（make up mind: 下定决心）
Riddles: What is it that everybody does at the same time?
Answer: grow older
Riddles: What month do soldiers hate?
Riddles: How many feet are there in a yard?
Answer: It depends on how many people stand in the yard.
Riddles: Why is an empty purse always the same?
Answer: There is no change in it.
Riddles: What book has the most stirring
Answer: A cook book.
Riddles: What kind of dog doesn't bite or bark?
Answer: Hot dog.
Riddles: What is the smallest room in the world?
Riddles: What kind of water should people drink in order to be healthy?
Answer: Drink well water.
Riddles: How do we know the ocean is friendly?
Answer: It waves.
Riddles: What man cannot live in a house?
Riddles: What question can you never answer "Yes" to?
Answer: Are you dead?
Riddles: A mouse has a large pocket. What is it?
Answer: a kangaroo
Riddles: It has a head, but no neck. It has a body, but no warmth. NO feet, but can travel?
Answer: a car
• Chinese Lantern Riddles
Now, I think you can understand the different between Chinese lantern riddles and English Riddles, Chinese lantern riddles are so hard to get the answer, for a Chinese character has too many meaning.And it is impossible to translate from Chinese Lantern riddles to English riddles.