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"2019 Taiwan Lantern Festival" main lantern “Giant Tuna Bringing Wealth” and special small lantern “2019 Pingan Pig” (Press conference structure)

The "2019 Taiwan Lantern Festival" will officially open on February 19, 2019 in Donggang Village, Pingtung County in the Dapeng Bay National Scenic Area.This year’s "Taiwan Lantern Festival" will be its 30th anniversary, and it will again be filled with innovations and new styles. For the first time, the Tourism Bureau has decided to locate the Lantern Festival in a National Scenic Area, allowing the brilliant lanterns shine in the south of the country. The famous black tuna of Donggang Village will be an important design theme. Organizers plan to leave the main theme lantern standing long after the festival is over, so that it can serve as a new landmark for Dapeng Bay.

This year, the main lantern will have a height of 16 meters, and its LED lights will have more than 12 million pixels. Visitors can enjoy an ever-changing optical fantasy and also enjoy viewing the lantern from different angles. In addition to new lantern experiences, visitors for the first time this year can also have the unique experience of viewing the lantern festival on a night cruise, which is one of the wonderful advantages of holding this year’s events in beautiful Dapeng Bay.

The “little lantern” is the part of the festival most anticipated by children each year. This year, this lantern is named the "2019 Pingan Pig", which is conceived of as a grandfatherly pig of the Pingtung area. The characters in “Pingan” combine words those for “Pingtung” and “peace.” This warm-hearted pig will entertain visitors with its cute large nose, eyes and ears, and in a functional manner can hold 2,019 coins.

This year, the Taiwan Lantern Festival will be integrated into the local “Grandfather Pig of the Wind” culture of Pingtung. The different sections of lanterns will also highlight Pingtung’s rich marine resources and special agricultural products. Also on full display will be the unique and beautiful scenery of Dapeng Bay, including performances of dancing water and water curtains. In addition, to make this year’s Taiwan Lantern Festival an even deeper experience for visitors, several well-known artists have been invited to display their various works in a section of the festival that will be home to 30 lanterns. This will make for a beautiful blend of the arts and local culture. Finally, organizers will also hold a “PP Pig Party” for the kids, which will include special rides and other activities in an exclusive area for children.

The 2019 Taiwan Lantern Festival will officially open at 7:00 pm on Tuesday February 19th. After it opens, 30-minute special light displays will be held on the hour in the area around the main lantern.


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