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[Taiwan Tourism Events] Awesome Autumn

Date:2022-09-22 Number of Visitors:152

Exciting Events and Happenings

NUIT BLANCHE TAIPEI

Photo courtesy of Taipei City Department of Cultural Affairs

Nuit Blanche Taipei
臺北白晝之夜

October 1 & 2 / Taipei City
Nuit Blanche Taipei_Links (Chinese)

Taipei's version of the annual nighttime arts festival Nuit Blanche was first staged in 2016 after the city government was invited to host a local edition of the event by the Bureau Français de Taipei, which represents France's interests in Taiwan. Since the first-ever Nuit Blanche (2001 in Paris, France), similar events have been organized in well over 100 cities around the world. It's a fun celebration of the arts, jam-packed with exciting street theater, music and dance performances, sophisticated light and laser shows, light-art sculptures, and much interaction between performers and revelers, ensuring that everyone has a great time.

Art Taipei

Photo courtesy of Taiwan Art Gallery Assn.

Art Taipei
台北國際藝術博覽會

October 21~24 / Taipei City
Art Taipei_Links (Chinese)

Art Taipei is an important annual event for art lovers in East Asia. Held for the first time in 1992, the fair is organized by Taiwan's Ministry of Culture and the Taiwan Art Gallery Association. In 2021, works from 124 galleries in nine countries and regions (92 from Taiwan), including outstanding examples of contemporary art, were presented to professional buyers and the general public. Each year the event also includes themed exhibitions, art salons, lectures, and guided tours. A new feature in 2021 was an exhibition about the restoration of artwork.

Kungshen Wangye's Salt For Peace Festival

Photo courtesy of Southwest Coast NSA Admin.

Kungshen Wangye's Salt For Peace Festival
鯤鯓王平安鹽祭

November 11~13 / Tainan City
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For more than 300 years, producing salt from seawater was an important industry in the southwest of Taiwan. The industry ceased to exist in 2002 after Taiwan’s WTO entry, but the Jingzaijiao Tile-paved Salt Fields in Tainan City's Beimen District remain in place as a popular tourist attraction. In 2004, the annual Kungshen Wangye's Salt for Peace Festival was held for the first time by the Southwest Coast National Scenic Area Administration to celebrate the old industry and to highlight the region's traditional beliefs and rituals related to salt. Activities take place at the salt fields and at the Nankunshen Daitian Temple (about 5km away), including a procession between the two places, captivating dragon dances, and the giveaway of thousands of auspicious sachets filled with salt.

Kinmen Tunnel Music Festival

Photo courtesy of Kinmen Nat. Park HQ.

Kinmen Tunnel Music Festival
金門坑道音樂節

October 15~16 / Kinmen County
Kinmen Tunnel Music Festival_Links (Chinese)

The setting of this music event and its presentation are truly unique. The venue is the Zhaishan Tunnel, located near the southernmost tip of Kinmen Island. Carved out of granite gneiss over a period of five years in the 1960s, the 100-meter-long tunnel served as a shelter for up to 42 navy vessels at a time. Now preserved as a heritage site, the tunnel is visited by many a tourist exploring Kinmen. During the music festival classical music is performed by musicians on a raft that slowly makes its way through the tunnel, with the audience (200 for each performance) lining up along the tunnel wall. The curved tunnel ceiling creates an unforgettable acoustic effect.

Kinmen Tunnel Music Festival

Photo courtesy of Taitung County Govt.

Taiwan Open Of Surfing
臺灣國際衝浪公開賽

November / Taitung County
Taiwan Open Of Surfing_Links

In recent years, the tiny fishing harbor at Jinzun in Taitung County has become an international traveler hotspot. It's not the harbor itself that draws – mostly young – people from around the world, but the pebble beach and sea area just to the north of it, where surfers find perfect conditions for riding the waves. In autumn and winter, ideal surfing swells are created outside the harbor's breakwater thanks to the northeast monsoon. The Taiwan Open of Surfing is held at Jinzun each year, with highly talented surfers showing off their wave-riding skills.

Kaohsiung Zuoying Wannian Folklore Festival

Photo courtesy of Civil Aff. Bureau, Kaohsiung City Govt.

Kaohsiung Zuoying Wannian Folklore Festival
高雄左營萬年季

October 7~10 / Kaohsiung City
Kaohsiung Zuoying Wannian Folklore Festival_Links (Chinese)

The modern Wannian Folklore Festival dates from 2001, when the Kaohsiung City Government's Civil Affairs Bureau began coordinating and sponsoring traditional events in Zuoying District. Since 2005 the Taiwan Tourism Bureau has been lending a hand, and the festival has grown steadily in popularity. The star of the event is the Great Wannian Fire Lion, a cute yet dignified effigy far larger than a real lion. This lion tours temples in the district for eight days, accompanied by lion dancers, drum and gong musicians, and constant firecracker explosions beneath and around it. On the final day the lion arrives at Lotus Pond, a popular Kaohsiung attraction, where it is set ablaze in spectacular fashion. The festival allows you to experience Taiwan folk religion up close, and to witness the people of Kaohsiung's passion for their customs and traditions.

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