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Taiwan Tourism Events

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    2019 Sun Moon Lake Swimming Carnival 2019-09-01

    Nantou is Taiwan’s only inland county but is home to the famous, unrivalled Sun Moon Lake, the largest freshwater lake. Attracting visitors from abroad, it’s an essential tourist destination, and in addition to scenic beauty, the unique landscape has made it an excellent place for biking, marathons, and an annual swimming competition, which is the area’s biggest and longest-running event, starting in 1983. Every year around the Mid-Autumn Festival, swimmers from around Taiwan or abroad gather at Zhaowu Wharf to participate in this grand event. The course is 3000 meters long and in 2002 was officially included among the world’s famous swimming competitions. Bringing thousands of swimming enthusiasts from Taiwan and abroad, it has become a grand event. Eligibility is open to everyone aged 10 or over (life guards are responsible for minors) who is in good health and able to swim long distances.

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    2018 The Most Beautiful Bays Carnival in Penghu, Taiwan 2018-09-27~2018-10-01

    Penghu’s longstanding efforts in marine life conservation caught the attention of The Most Beautiful Bays in the World (MBBW) organization, which invited Penghu through the Taipei Representative Office in France to apply for membership. The unique bay atmosphere formed from Penghu’s geology, rich culture, and history left a deep impression on the organization’s other members, and after three years of efforts, the application process was completed and formal membership obtained. Thanks to the Penghu County government’s efforts, the MBBW’s annual meeting will take place in Penghu in 2018. It will be an important time in the County’s journey onto the international stage and so, in addition to the meeting, Penghu will host the Most Beautiful Bay Carnival. Other planned events include the Night at the Bay, an arts parade, the Seafood Festival, the Conference on the Ocean, a global marketing expo, the Global Charity Queen Pageant, IRONMAN Taiwan, and an international yacht expo, etc.

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    2018 Taiwan Hot Spring & Fine-Cuisine Carnival 2018-11-01~2019-03-31

    The gradual arrival of winter formally announces that Taiwan’s peak hot spring season has begun! Taiwan abounds in the gifts of nature—cold springs, hot springs, mud springs, submarine springs—it is a world-famous scenic spot for springs of every variety. Beginning in 2007 the Tourism Bureau, Ministry of Transportation and Communication combined two touristic resources--the unique healthcare aspects of thermal springs and the demand for a modern, healthy diet--to integrate Taiwan’s “thermal springs” and “gourmet cuisine” for a plan to launch a “Taiwan Hot Spring Fine-Cuisine Carnival.” This event takes center stage throughout Taiwan at the same time each year, with one of Taiwan’s 17 thermal spring areas chosen as the year’s kick-off location. Not only is the Carnival an opportunity for Taiwanese tourists to soak up the pleasures of thermal springs throughout the country and receive merchandise discounts, overseas tourists are also fascinated and attracted, and the Carnival is a driving force behind the annual autumn/winter Taiwan hot spring tourist boom. During this period, hot spring areas throughout the country hold a series of hot spring/fine-cuisine events and pull together hundreds of county and municipal companies, introducing the scenic beauty of the springs, the local cultural landscape, and special products.

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    Taichung World Flora Exposition 2018-11-03~2019-04-24

    The Taichung World Flora Exposition (also called the Flora Expo) is an international event recognized by the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) as an A2/B1 horticulture exposition. This event will display to the world the hard work of Taiwan’s farmers, the thoughtfulness of the architects, the efforts of volunteers, and Taiwan’s hospitality. Through the expo’s exquisite designs, visitors can be immersed in, and admire, a visual feast from nature with reminders of simple pleasures, creating moments of happiness in life.

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    2018 Biennial Butterfly Beauty Festival 2018-11-17~2019-03-31

    The “Biennial Butterfly Beauty Festival” is a magnificent yearly event that goes from December to March of the following year taking place in the Maolin National Scenic Area. During this period millions of migrating Euploea butterflies (purple in color) cross the ocean and arrive here to winter over. The Maolin National Scenic Area is proud of that fact that it is has one of the only two winter migratory butterfly gorges in the world. The purple Euploea is a rare wintering butterfly. Each winter millions of these butterflies gather together for the flight to the Dawushan Foothills to avoid the cold and to winter in the gorges, there presenting a spectacular ecological sight—the “Purple Butterfly Valley.” Tourists from every corner of the world travel every year to Maolin to experience firsthand this magnificent, world-class scene of beautiful purple butterflies dancing in the air, and everyone comes away full of praise and admiration. On an early winter morning as the first rays of the sun shine down on Maolin’s Purple Butterfly Valley, we come upon the purple Euploea that, awakened from their slumber, begin fervently to chase the sunrays, peeking through the treetops and the forest. From time to time, a butterfly will stop to display his garment of magical color then soar high and low as he shuttles around the valley. Not only does he provide a superb eco-touristic spot for those watching, but he also brings a small bit of warmth to a winter’s day. You are invited and welcome to take advantage of this once-a-year, rare opportunity to appreciate these migrating butterflies and come to Maolin to experience the magnificent dance of the purple Euploea. With everyone’s care and concern, the future will bring an endless cycle of this extraordinary sight!

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    2019 Taipei International Book Exhibition 2019-02-12~2019-02-17

    The 6-day Taipei International Book Exhibition (TIBE) is a readers’ carnival launched by the Ministry of Culture in 1987, and attracting over 500,000 visitors each winter vacation. A leading book expo in Asia, TIBE takes place at TWTC Exhibition Halls 1 and 3 every year to simultaneously promote cross-border exchanges, professional publishing, and reading as a lifestyle. It started granting free admission to people under the age of 18 to hopefully instill in teenagers good reading habits and a sense of cultural sophistication. Featuring over 1 million intellectually challenging volumes from 653 publishers and 67 countries, TIBE 2015 brought more than 400 authors, children’s book writers and illustrators together with fans during 1,000-odd book launch parties and seminars, among a mind-boggling array of programs that encouraged diversified reading.

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    2019 Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival 2019/2/16、2/19

    Tradition has it that the “sky lantern” was invented during the Three Kingdoms period (AD 220-265) by Zhuge Liang. At first it was used to transmit military information, different from beacon towers yet ingeniously serving the same function, and is now generally recognized as the earliest ancestor to the hot air balloon. In the early 19th century the Lantern Festival was brought to Taiwan, where every year, at the beginning of the spring planting season, people would release “sky lanterns” into the air as a prayer for the coming year. Because in olden times marriage was for the purpose of “adding a son” and increasing manpower, people went to the temple to pray for blessings and released sky lanterns on which they had written things like “May a son soon be born.” and “May the harvests be bountiful.” Sky lanterns were released to follow the wind, rising up to the ancestors to report that all was well and to pray for blessings. Slowly this evolved to become a local event for the Yuanxiao Festival in the Pingxi area. Through many, many years of changes, the one thing that never changed was the reflected lives and hopes of the people as the sky lanterns slowly rose aloft. For many years the “Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival” has had a brilliant history. In addition to enjoying its reputation as part of the traditional description of this Yuanxiao or Lantern Festival in Taiwan—“Sky lanterns in the north, beehive fireworks in the south.”—the Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival was voted by the Discovery Channel as the second biggest New Year’s Eve celebration in the world, a festival whose sky lanterns carry the prayers and vows of the people and by which they seek the purification of their souls, a festival that advertises the Taiwan spirit to the world. In addition to the folk performances, lantern riddle contests, and street folk carnivals that are organized every year, the sky lanterns carrying prayers aloft remain the focal point of the entire event. The lanterns are lit, hopes slowly rise, and the flames of prayer dance in the air as the lanterns magically transform into wings of hope and desire, turning the night sky of this mountain town into an expanse of unimaginable beauty. The visual enjoyment of his fantastic and magnificent sight transcends cultural barriers so when festival time arrives each year, Pingxi is always overwhelmed with visitors. The sight of sky lanterns with their lights rising slowing into the sky is for many Taiwanese a beautiful memory and the beginning of happiness and dreams.

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    2019 Taiwan Lantern Festival─ Yanshuei (Yanshui) Beehive Fireworks Festival 2019-02-18~2019-02-19

    The “Yanshuei (Yanshui) Beehive Fireworks” is ranked as the third largest folk celebration in the world and is one of the most representative religious events in all of Taiwan. With hundreds of thousands of firecrackers all going off at the same time, it is a cacophony like hundreds of thousands of bees streaming out of their hives. The event attracts huge numbers of onlookers every year and is paired with the “Pingxi Sky Lanterns” in describing Lantern Festival activities: “Sky lanterns in the north, beehive fireworks in the south.” Tradition has it that the “beehive fireworks” originated in July/August, 1885 as a cholera epidemic raged in the streets of Yanshuei. Owing to the underdeveloped state of medicine at the time, victims of the disease multiplied daily and the local population lived in fear, praying to Guan Di, the god of war, to bring an end to this calamity and save them. Thus on Lantern Festival evening, Guan Di appointed General Zhou Cang as his guide, with Guan Di’s palanquin bringing up the rear. Following the palanquin were multitudes of the faithful setting off firecrackers along the road, winding their way throughout the city until the break of dawn, ridding themselves of this plague in one fell swoop. From that time onward, future generations followed this precedent, asking Guan Di to patrol the streets on the evening of the Lantern Festival. The “Yanshuei Beehive Fireworks” event consists of a circuit around the outskirts of the town by palanquins, each symbolically armed to the teeth, with thousands of local inhabitants and visitors clustered around them as they slowly wind their way through the streets. When the line of palanquins comes up to the residential gate of a business, the lead one sets up a large or small “gun deck” (also called a “gun wall”) on the street and then lights the fuse. The “gun deck” consists of thousands of rockets that ignite all at the same time, creating a deafening, bee-like sound that fills the air as sparks fly in all directions. Every year the ear-splitting power of these rockets and the excitement that comes in their wake attract crowds of tourists from both Taiwan and abroad to come “rush the beehive barricades”! People believe the “baptism of fireworks” gets rid of calamity and troubles, sweeps away noxious influences and brings increasing good fortune in the new year.

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    2019 Taiwan Lantern Festival 2019-02-19~2019-03-03

    To promote Taiwan’s tourism in the global community, so as to attract more foreign visitors to the country and increase tourism revenues, Tourism Bureau, MOTC has held the Taiwan Lantern Festival in recent years with the idea of “spreading the roots of folk culture while holding traditional fests at an international level.” Lantern parades are traditionally held on the Lantern Day. By combining traditional culture with top-notch technology, Taiwan Lantern Festival presents itself as a shining fest compatible with its international counterparts. The main lantern area is so beautiful that it is merely impossible to appreciate everything at once. Local and overseas folk troupes dedicate their remarkable performances to the festival’s goers. Many other performance groups also bring their impressive shows to the audience. The festival has therefore been hailed by local participants and foreign guests alike. In 2007, a Discovery Channel producer and his team came to Taiwan to join the festival, and concluded that this international event is worth some recognition. In fact, Taiwan Lantern Festival has since been chosen by the Discovery Channel to be one of the best festivals in the world. Discovery has made an hour-long documentary that has been shown globally to introduce the dazzling, charming Taiwan Lantern Festival. 2019 Taiwan Lantern Festival in Pingtung The “2019 Taiwan Lantern Festival” is scheduled to be held in Pingtung from February 19 to March 3, 2019. The 30th Taiwan Lantern Festival has been given the task of transforming the heritage of the festival and connecting it with the future, hence its main theme of “Pingan Penglai. Light-up 30”. The festival is divided into three zones, Dapeng Bay, Pingtung (Light Festival) and Donggang. The main lantern is located in the Dapeng Bay lantern zone, which covers an area of 42 hectares and offers three major features: Consolidate the efforts of three parties to hold the lantern festival For the first time, the lantern festival is held at a national scenic area, pioneering a collaboration between the Tourism Bureau, a county government and a private enterprise (Dapeng Bay International Development Co., Ltd.) to hold the Taiwan Lantern Festival and striving for the tourism development of Pingtung and Dapeng Bay. The theme of the main lantern is not designed based on the Chinese zodiac for the first time The Chinese zodiac has been an important element of the Taiwan Lantern Festival. The main lantern of the year has always been designed after the animals of the year in the Chinese zodiac. However, the festival in 2019 is breaking the tradition and using a form of Donggang’s bluefin tuna as the design for the main lantern, conveying local characteristics and representing wishes for a full harvest. After the festival, the main lantern will be retained at the venue and become one of the landmarks of Dapeng Bay. As for the animal representing the lunar year on the Chinese zodiac this year, pig, it still plays an important role in the festival, actively appearing in all corners of the festival to unexpectedly greet tourists. Seaside view of lanterns The entire lantern festival venue is located along the coastal lagoon, which makes full use of the local landscape and landforms and possesses characteristics of past lantern festivals held either near water bodies or inland. Compared to other inland riparian lantern festivals held at home or abroad, the 2019 Taiwan Lantern Festival is exquisite, offering a flavor of the sea, vast view and an overwhelming experience.

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    2019 Taichung City Mazu International Festival 2019-03-15~2019-04-16

    The Mazu Pilgrimage can be counted as one of the most important and largest folk culture events in Taiwan. The “Taichung City Mazu International Festival.” By interweaving religion, opera, martial arts, industrial culture, the arts, tourism, and academic culture, the intent on launching the event in 2004 was to promote the local area with events related to tourism, religious worship, performing arts, academic study, and the upgrading of local industry. Furthermore, using international culture as an appeal, the Festival put on every type and variety of exhibition and engaged in cultural and artistic exchanges. The actual date and time for offering incense to Buddha during the Taichung Dajia District Pilgrimage is not fixed but is determined by casting moon-shaped divination blocks during the Lantern Festival. In accordance with tradition, during the 8-day, 7-night pilgrimage there are eight primary ceremonies: prayers for peace, mounting the palanquins, the departure of the procession, the arrival of the procession, prayers for prosperity, wishes for longevity, the return of the procession, and the safe reinstallation of the statues.

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