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    Kungshen Wangye's Salt for Peace Festival The schedule for this activity in 2021 has not been decided.

    The salt industry, traditionally a symbol of wealth, was one of mankind's earliest industries and the first product in history traded on an international scale. The Yunlin-Chiayi-Tainan (Yun-Chia-Nan) salt industry set down a deep foundation in this area as early as the Zheng Chenggong period of the Ming dynasty. Evaporating, drying, and crystalizing salt water was a complex and highly technical process. For more than 340 years the sea (or solar) salt industry in Taiwan was not only the staple industry, it was the lifeblood of Taiwan's economic development and an indispensable part of everyday life. Although in 2002 Taiwan brought to a close this 338-year-old industry, the unique salt field landscape of the Yun-Chia-Nan region gave birth to a portrait of salt industry culture and salt village life that has left a rich and lingering cultural heritage. The snow-white salt crystals not only flavor our food, by Taiwan custom every time a child "meets an evil spirit" at night and cries inconsolably, we fill a pouch of red cloth with grains of rice and salt in the so-called "salt and rice sprinkling" ceremony to calm the child, which also brings good luck and peace. The Yun-Chia-Nan coastal area contains the unique sights associated with the salt industry as well as broad sandbar, lagoons and wetlands, a one-of-a-kind natural environment. In the early years along the southwest shoreline there were seven pocket islands (now sandbanks) looking like seven kun (gigantic legendary fish) swimming in the ocean so they got the name of "kunshen" ("kun bodies"). Sandbanks are thus combined with the local religious belief in "Wang Ye" and integrated with "salt" as the organizing theme, using its symbolism of good fortune over evil, to create this event and give it its name: "The Kungshen Wangye's Salt for Peace Festival." This event combines salt culture, religions beliefs, and ecology while incorporating the "kunshen," "Wang Ye," and "Salt of Peace" images of the area. The event kicks off at the "Nankunshen Daitian Temple" (the master temple for the Wang Ye belief) and the salt workers original home of "Beimen." Each year a marketing exhibit for agricultural and fish products and small gift packets is launched by top businessmen within the unified Yunlin,Chiayi, Tainan City region so that visitors can sample the special Yun-Chia-Nan foods without having to make a long trip. Spawned by the symbolism of this event, creative souvenirs have been designed, like the "salt of peace lucky bag." Because the designs of these souvenirs are beautiful and change every year, they have been well appreciated year after year by visitors who are attracted to come in great numbers to collect them. In addition, a rich array of activities is provided, including big prizes in bobei (traditional game of chance), do-it-yourself salt making, a lion dance competition and trophy, and folk song singing that are well worth experiencing.

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    Sun Moon Lake Cycling, Music & Fireworks Festival The schedule for this activity in 2021 has not been decided.

    Artists and writers have been visiting Sun Moon Lake ever since the Qing Dynasty, inspired to create by its beautiful scenery. During the Japanese occupation, the Lake was listed as one of Taiwan's Eight Views; it also became the location for the guesthouse of Japan's Crown Prince. Later on, President Chiang Kai-shek would host international dignitaries here as well. Today Sun Moon Lake remains one of Taiwan's most popular destinations, a recreation area internationally renowned for its abundance of beauty and activities in all seasons, such as red cherry flowers in spring, mountain mist in summer, tranquil water and mountains in fall, and white plum blossoms in winter. Enjoy hot springs, fresh plums, and a landscape of white plum blossoms or vibrant cherry blossoms during winter and spring. Just before summer is the peak firefly season; the summer and fall include the butterfly and frog season as well as the indigenous tribes' Harvest Festival. There are lots of cultural celebrations everywhere all year round; and they will exceed your expectations. Every year between October and November is the must-see "Sun Moon Lake Music & Fireworks Festival," a combination of "arts and culture" with "leisure and sports" lasting over a month. Ever since the Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area Administration was established in 2000, there has been an annual fireworks show. The first Sun Moon Lake Festival was held in 2003, where fireworks teams from five different countries and regions were invited to perform in a nearly month-long feast of sound and light. The "Sun Moon Lake's International Fireworks" increased in popularity afterwards and the yearly festival was established as one of the Lake's most important events. Now that Sun Moon Lake Cycling, Music & Fireworks Festival is famous around the globe, the challenge is to keep things fresh while improving the overall planning and peripheral services.

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    Nantou Global Tea Expo The schedule for this activity in 2021 has not been decided.

    The tea expo's turnover has always been great, and in recent year the organizer has been promoting Nantou tea with the National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute. Not only has this created opportunities for local businesses and helped farmers to make more money. The tourism industry and relevant sectors have benefited from this. Traditional farms have transformed themselves as "brands," and they are now more competitive in the market. Nantou tea has truly become famous in this way.

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    Nuit Blanche Taipei The schedule for this activity in 2021 has not been decided.

    Nuit Blanche is a global urban night-time fest initiated in Paris, France in 2002, held on the first weekend of October. Through a diversity of artworks on display and performances, participants can get in touch with art and explore the city freely. Nuit Blanche creates a unique environment in which people are encouraged to exchange and share. Through art, Taipei City turns into one large museum - though just for a night.

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    Xinshe Flower Festival The schedule for this activity in 2021 has not been decided.

    The festival is held at the 40-hectare Second Farm of the Taiwan Seed Improvement and Propagation Station. An autumn flower feast, the festival aims at promoting Xinshe as a mountain town and a nature-inspired agricultural village boasting a sea of flowers. Another goal is to promote Xinshe's leisure tourism with the soul-healing tours and activities it offers.

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    Penghu Cross-Sea Marathon The schedule for this activity in 2021 has not been decided.

    In order to promote "vacation running & traveling culture", the Tourism Bureau under the Ministry of Transportation and Communications plans to organize Taiwan's first "Cross-Sea & Island-Hopping Penghu Marathon." The race forsakes the conventional circular course (from A to A), and both marathon and half marathon courses are measured and certified by the AIMS. The course runs through Xiyu (the West Islet), the Penghu Great Bridge, Baisha (Penghu's 3rd biggest island), Zhongtun (Penghu's 11th biggest island), and the Penghu Island. The planning of the course accentuates the features and values of Penghu (the Gaillardia Island) marathon. We invite marathon runners at home and around the world to participate in this island-hopping celebration and challenge the non-repeated special course. Join the special Penghu marathon and run with us against the headwinds!

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    Taiwan Open of Surfing The schedule for this activity in 2021 has not been decided.

    "Sports Tourism" has long been considered the world's fastest-growing market in the tourism industry. Through active participation in sports, or engaging in leisure or watching sport activities, or visiting famous attractions, among others, the fashionable field is developed to create combination results of sport and tourism, which brings economic benefits of sport-related tourism that major cities and countries are prompting and organizing sporting events to attract the global tourist crowds. Taitung is a unique place in terms of "waves,"regardless of size or shape, which could be said to be blessed, and furthermore, the northeast monsoon blowing autumn and winter contributes to the wave potentials in Donghe and Jinzun area, and therefore Taitung is certified as the latest international surfing competition venues in Asia by the Asian Surfing Championship (ASC), becoming one of the latest and the best surfing venues following Malaysia, Bali, Thailand, and the only venue for international surfing tournaments in Taiwan, which provides an opportunity for the international players to further understanding of the beautiful east coast of Taiwan. Taiwan Open of Surfing, in addition to integrating with the ASC, is putting efforts toward joining The Associations of Surfing Professional, ASP, a world-renowned surfing organization, to drive the domestic surfers to work together to demonstrate its ability to connect with the international sport tourism. And, the Surfing is also active in offering public education, training local talents in the emerging industry, surfing performances, surfing experience, Stand Up Paddle Surfing (SUP), long board walking, kite surfing, and other peripheral activities to promote the tourism theme of winter sports to attract the participation of the public.

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    2021 New Taipei City Wan Jin Shi Marathon 2021-11-21

    As Taiwan's only marathon with an IAAF silver label, New Taipei City Wan Jin Shi Marathon is also an Olympics qualification contest. The silver label is given to the outstanding marathons around the world. Those who acquire the label are listed on the global marathon calendar. This is great acknowledgement to the city that holds the marathons, and in turn many more runners will take part in them. New Taipei City Government looks forward to seeing international participants show up more.

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    Taipei—Marathon The schedule for this activity in 2021 has not been decided.

    The annual grand running event—the Taipei Marathon. This long-standing run, with a distance of about 42.195km, not only gets grander every year, the number of participants constantly hits new heights, having already broken the mark of 100,000 energetic runners. Not only do Taiwanese runners enthusiastically respond to the call, the non-running Taiwanese public are also enthusiasts, and every year a large contingent of foreign athletes cross the waters to take up the challenge as well. The race has become an urban marathon that has attracted international attention. This great marathon carnival not only fosters a healthy atmosphere for the entire population, it also symbolizes the enthusiastic vitality and glamor of Taipei City! It's a hot destination not to be missed at year's end when you pay a visit to Xinyi District. Give yourself a challenge and don't waste any time in joining the ranks of the runners!

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    Chiayi City lnternational Band Festival The schedule for this activity in 2021 has not been decided.

    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 Bureau, 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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