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    2023 Taiwan Hot Spring & Fine-Cuisine Carnival Sep 18, 2023~Jun 30, 2024

    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 Administration, 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 19 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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    2023 Biennial Butterfly Beauty Festival Nov 04, 2023~Feb 29, 2024

    The Maolin National Scenic Area lies in the mountains near the border of Kaohsiung City and Pingtung County. It has long been famous at home and abroad for its "Purple Butterfly Valley." It was also recognized by the Michelin Green Guide as a three-star ecological attraction. The "Biennial Butterfly Beauty Festival" is a magnificent yearly event that goes from November 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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    2023 Christmasland in New Taipei City Nov 17, 2023~Jan 01, 2024

    The innovative Christmasland in New Taipei City makes sure to keep up with global trends. It invites the world's most outstanding light-sculpting team to present the event, with special activities of international standard held to attract people. Visitors can expect to feel pleasantly surprised all the time. Christmasland in New Taipei City has been much reported by the globe's press. We hope overseas visitors can all enjoy the beautiful light projections and the festival's special atmosphere.

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    2023 Chiayi City lnternational Band Festival Dec 15, 2023~Jan 01, 2024

    Held for the first time in 1993, Chiayi City International Band Festival has now become an urban fest joined by all. Today, it is not only Chiayi City's most special cultural event but also Taiwan's. The Tourism Administration, MOTC listed it as an international-level tourist activity, which in fact is hailed by music communities home and abroad. Throughout Taiwan, it is known as the City of Sounds and the Town of Wind Music.

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    2023Taipei—Marathon Dec 17, 2023

    First held in 1986, the Taipei Marathon is usually held on the third Sunday in December. It's an annual highlight of Taipei's sporting season. Supported by the hard work of many people, the level of competition has increased over the years. It's now an international-level event that attracts many professionals. In addition to certification by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AMIS), it's also the first urban marathon in Taipei to receive elite track certification from World Athletics (WA). It's Taiwan's largest and most international marathon, attracting elite runners from home and abroad every year.

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    New Year's Eve Celebration Dec 31, 2023~Jan 01, 2024

    In 2019, CNN named Taipei as one of the "10 great places to spend New Year's Eve." This event has become one of the most famous in Asia, and is a must-do experience for travelers to the Far East. Taipei's New Year's Eve's celebrations have definitely enhanced the city's international profile, and they will certainly continue to attract many visitors from home and abroad. Taipei City Hall Plaza is the event's main venue. Musical performances begin at 7 pm and continue on through the evening until 1:00 am the following morning. Popular performers from home and abroad entertain large crowds, backed by the impressive Taipei 101 Tower. At midnight, the Tower is used as the base for a colorful and dynamic fireworks display.

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    2023 Taichung Mazu International Festival Jan 26, 2023~May 21, 2023

    Presenting Taichung City's 12 hundred-year-old temples at once, the festival aims to strengthen regional values whilst showing Taichung's cultural diversity. Based on traditional religious rites and combining the folk events of all participating areas, it promotes Mazu worship at the global stage, drawing fans of culture home and abroad to learn about in Taichung's folk religion.

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    2023 Taipei International Book Exhibition Jan 31, 2023~Feb 05, 2023

    Each year, Taipei International Book Exhibition leads people to explore the realm of books through a few different themes. One country would serve as the highlight of the year, and many publishers from around the world would take part. This enhances cultural exchange at the exhibition. Starting in 2017, the Ministry of Culture extended the exhibition period and adjusted the exhibition's atmosphere. It highlighted the publishers' expertise, lowered venue rental fees, and fostered interaction between writers and readers. The exhibition is not just a place for buying books, but an ideal space for exchange of knowledge and cultures.

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    2023 Taiwan Lantern Festival ─ Yanshui Beehive Fireworks Festival Feb 04, 2023~Feb 05, 2023

    The "Yanshui Beehive Fireworks Festival" 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 Yanshui. 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 "Yanshui Beehive Fireworks Festival" 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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    2023 Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival 2023/02/05、02/11

    The Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival in New Taipei City has been held since 1999. With joint public-private efforts, the sky lanterns have attracted positive global recognition for Taiwan. The festival has been highlighted by the international media, such as Fodor's, National Geographic and The Huffington Post. In 2018, it was voted "the most recommended cultural activity for international travelers" by TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel website. It was also recommended by Reader's Digest as "one of the 40 experiences to be completed before the age of 40." The Sky Lantern Festival is increasing the international visibility of the Pingxi area, and bringing Pingxi to the world! The Pingxi Lantern Festival has become an important highlight for Taiwan on the international stage. Local and foreign visitors can experience the unique cultural activity of lantern launching in all seasons. People can write their wishes on the lanterns, and then launch them into the sky. These activities combine a variety of resources and attractions, helping tourists from around the world gain a deeper understanding of Taiwan's beauty and culture. It also provides important support to local economies.

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