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Tibetan Culture & Art Festival

2018 Jan - Dec

As Taiwan plays a vital role in the global ICT industry, it has been regarded as “a high-tech island” in the world. Besides, with the help of numerous Tibetan Buddhist followers and locals enthusiastic about Tibetan culture, the Tibetan religion, art, and culture have been developed and thrived on this island, thus creating an enormous religious power which not only purifies people’s minds, but engages in a positive conversation on self-reflection and self-improvement with modern civilization in pursuit of technological innovation.

Source: Taiwan-The Heart Of Asia

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Biennial Butterfly Beauty Festival

2017/11/11 - 2018/03/24

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!

Source: Taiwan-The Heart Of Asia

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Taipei International Book Exhibition

2018/02/06 - 2018/02/11

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.

Israel, the 2018 Guest of Honor, will showcase interesting publications and cultural events. We invite you to learn and be inspired by Israel’s cultural strengths, whose people believe firmly in “reading is key to success,” an echo of our theme for 2018: “The Power of Reading.”

Source: Taiwan-The Heart Of Asia

Taiwan Lantern Festival─ Yanshuei (Yanshui) Beehive Fireworks Festival image

Taiwan Lantern Festival─ Yanshuei (Yanshui) Beehive Fireworks Festival

2018/03/01 - 2018/03/03

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.

Source: Taiwan-The Heart Of Asia

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Taiwan Lantern Festival

2018/03/02 - 2018/03/11

The 2018 Taiwan Lantern Festival is going to present itself via water, on the land, and in the air. Bringing together tourism, technology, culture and art, the festival is expected to manifest Chiayi County’s renewed traditions and creativity as a ground-breaking “smart” event. The “water” lantern zone features water and light shows which are in par with international standards on the globally famous sea of clouds, sunrise, forest railways and cherry blossoms of Alishan, in addition to a presentation of the water landscape and architecture of the Southern Branch, National Palace Museum located right in Chiayi. The shows will take place at fixed hours every evening during the festival period, as accompanied by dance performances by professional troupes. The “land” lantern zone delves into Chiayi history, highlighting traditional craft art and the works by local artists. New ideas are instilled into this otherwise traditional lantern display in an artistic way. The “air” lantern zone shows high-tech lanterns made with new technology, materials and techniques. These lanterns look truly different. Chiayi is planning to build an innovative lantern festival. Added with technological, artistic and cultural elements, each of the displays is unique and worth some discussions. Please look forward to this one-and-only event!

Source: Taiwan-The Heart Of Asia

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Song-Jiang Battle Array in Neimen, Kaohsiung

2018/03/24 - 2018/04/08

The Neimen District of Kaohsiung is called the “town of the battle array” (a type of folk street parade), as it holds more such parades—54—than any other place in the country, the Song Jiang Battle Array alone accounting for 18 of them. The Song Jiang Array, originally organized to strengthen, defend, and unite the town, under historical, generational, and government influence, turned into a theatrical drama that combined entertainment for the gods with furtive military training, eventually becoming the well-known folk art that it is today. The “formations” (also called “battle arrays,” zhentou,) that are in the nature of artistic performances, come in many varieties that can roughly be divided into “civilian” and “military” formations. The civilian formations include the Drum Dance, the Ox Plough, and Peach Blossom Takes the Ferry formations, while the military formations include the Lion, the Dragon, Song Jiang, and the Eight Infernal Generals formation. No matter what variety of “battle array,” they all represent the appearance of a popular and spontaneous, grass-roots energy. Preserving and handing down an important folk art, the primary and middle schools of Neimen all organize a Song Jiang Battle Array and develop creative approaches to make this traditional formation even more attractive! And fostering valuable feelings of friendship while studying and interacting is also at the core of the Song Jiang Battle Array.

Source: Taiwan-The Heart Of Asia

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Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival


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.

Source: Taiwan-The Heart Of Asia

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Taiwan International Balloon Festival

2018/06/30 - 2018/08/13

Big, beautiful, colorful hot air balloons dreamily float through the air as tourists hasten to catch a glimpse of their splendor or ride them through the skies, taking in the beauty of the valley below. The hot air balloon trend has promoted local tourism, and is an attractive, rising new activitiy of the 21st century. The 2011 Taiwan International Balloon Festival was a new opportunity for aerial activities, and it 2012 it challenged the world record in terms of length of time and scale of event. The event was a success, proving the tourist charm and economic profitability of the balloons, and enhancing Taiwan’s diverse tourism environment.

Taiwan International Balloon Festival includes flying shows, mooring activities, balloon rides, a night glow music concert, balloon wedding celebrations, and a summer camp, providing visitors with something to take home as well as great memories. Experience the feeling of flight as well as a feast for the senses.

Source: Taiwan-The Heart Of Asia

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Taiwan Fun on the Tropic of Cancer

2018 Jun-Sep

The Tropic of Cancer cuts across central Taiwan, dividing this beautiful island between the tropical and subtropical zone, with unique landscapes and rich produce/natural resources of different climates. The Tropic of Cancer cuts through Shuishang Township (Chiayi County) and Ruisui and Fengbin Townships (Hualien County), all of which have landmarks on the line. Another landmark is being planned for construction around Dongshi Fisherman’s Wharf, scheduled for completion by April 2013. It will be the westernmost one on Taiwan island. The shape is based on the sun and sea atmosphere of Fisherman’s Wharf, with the number N23.5 transforming into two hearts, Cupid, wedding carriages, and other symbols of love. Romantic sculptures line the unique Tropic of Cancer Boulevard, marking the 23.5 degree north latitude line. The pathway also includes a world map of the countries crossed by the Tropic of Cancer, giving visitors the opportunity to appreciate the art while learning about the topic.

Source: Taiwan-The Heart Of Asia

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Baosheng Cultural Festival

2019/04/20 - 2018/06/30

The Dalongdong area, which was formed around two centuries ago, is one of a few well-preserved historic neighborhoods in Taipei City known for its numerous quaint dwellings and religious structures surrounding Bao’an Temple. The Dalongdong Bao’an Temple is by far the most popular among Taiwan’s 300-odd temples dedicated to Baosheng Emperor, according to folklorist Lin Heng-dao. Striving to fulfill its commitment of keeping a grassroots religion alive, creating an old-meets-new vision and a cycle of “new culture”, and innovating on the basis of tradition, the palatial Dalongdong Bao’an Temple, along with its ornate decorations and spatial layout, represents unconventional thinking and methods regarding three-dimensional aesthetics that earned it international accolades such as the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Culture Heritage Conservation in 2003.The Temple is famous for hosting the annual Baosheng Cultural Festival, a symbol of Taiwan’s folk religious celebrations, architectural legacies and heritage revitalization efforts, and has attracted locals and visitors alike for two decades. Running from April through May, the festival has not only enlightened an ever-growing participant base about different facets of the country’s religious aesthetics and changes in relevant rituals, but has also, despite its orthodox view of Formosan spirituality, become a culturally influential, globally significant tourist attraction that inspired similar festivities across China and Singapore.

Source: Taiwan-The Heart Of Asia

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Xiuguluan River Rafting Activity

2018/06/10 - 2018/06/10

Xiuguluan River starts in the Central Mountain Range, flows north along East Rift Valley, turns east at Ruisui Township, crosses Coastal Mountain Range, and empties into the Pacific Ocean at Dagangkou. 104 km in length, it is eastern Taiwan’s largest river and the only to cross Coastal Mountain Range. Xiuguluan Canyon, located in the downstream portion between Ruisui and Dagangkou, is home to over 20 rapids, magnificent sights, and interesting rock formations, having become a popular spot for white water rafting. The white water rafting route starts at Ruisui Bridge and lasts about two hours, passing several rapids and a beautiful suspension bridge before arriving at the most dangerous rapids, which must be navigated before reaching Qimei Rest Area. After Qimei, the canyon takes on a different beauty, as the river becomes deeper and wider and has a series of whirlpools and rapids, which is the height of the experience. By the time Changhong Bridge comes into view, the river has widened out and run smooth again, and the journey comes to an end at the scenic intersection of Changhong Bridge. The entire length is 24 km and takes 3-4 hours. Rafting takes place all year round, though April to October is peak season. The trip usually starts around 7-12AM, and rarely in the afternoon; starting after 3PM is prohibited. In 2010, in addition to rafting ecology package tours, a new Rafting Ironman Event was organized, including biking, running, and extreme sports. Fresh innovation and physical challenges satisfy visitors in search of variation and excitement. Come to Xiuguluan River this summer and enjoy a different kind of water experience.

Source: Taiwan-The Heart Of Asia

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Lukang Dragon Boat Festival

2018/05/18 - 2018/06/19

“Lukang Dragon Boat Festival” originated as a folklore activity in 1978. Continuing to this day, it markets the historic monuments, humanistic scenes, handicraft, culture, gourmet food and more in Lukang. Held in an expanded and extended scale, the “Lukang Dragon Boat Festival” has become an important program from 2006 during the festival in Taiwan and listed as one of the “12 Major Festivals in Taiwan.” In addition, it was also introduced in the “Sightseeing Calendar of Taiwan” by the Bureau of Tourism, becoming one of the most important sightseeing events, after receiving the awards of “The Township of Smile,” “Top 10 Sightseeing Towns in Taiwan,” and the sponsoring of “2012 Taiwan Lantern Festivals.

Although dragon boat contests are held in various towns and cities in Taiwan on the same day, there is only one place in central Taiwan that sponsors dragon boat competition on the Dragon Boat Festival – Lukang. Originally, the contest was held at Fulu River. Due to construction along the river, the location was moved to Jian Duct in Changhua Coast about a decade ago. Last year, with anticipation of local citieens the race will return back to Fulu River. It is the first time to hold the dragon boat race in the evening this year just to provide people a more comfortable space for watching the race. It also hopes to allow more people to enjoy the nocturnal mood of Lukang. Celebrating the Dragon Boat Festival at Lukang has become a highly expected carnival for people coming from different places of Taiwan as well as local folks. We conduct exchanges between cities with culture, sports, and tourism, and spend a happy holiday with exercises, giving this event more important meanings.

Although dragon boat contests are held in various towns and cities in Taiwan on the same day, there is only one place in central Taiwan that sponsors dragon boat competition on the Dragon Boat Festival – Lukang. Originally, the contest was held at Fulu River. Due to construction along the river, the location was moved to Jian Duct in Changhua Coast about a decade ago. Last year, with anticipation of local citieens the race will return back to Fulu River. It is the first time to hold the dragon boat race in the evening this year just to provide people a more comfortable space for watching the race. It also hopes to allow more people to enjoy the nocturnal mood of Lukang. Celebrating the Dragon Boat Festival at Lukang has become a highly expected carnival for people coming from different places of Taiwan as well as local folks. We conduct exchanges between cities with culture, sports, and tourism, and spend a happy holiday with exercises, giving this event more important meanings.

Source: Taiwan-The Heart Of Asia

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Fulong Sand Sculpting Art Festival

2018/04/21 - 2018/07/15

Taiwan is blessed with plenty of natural resources that can be used to draw visitors, such as the three kilometer-long golden beach between Yanliao and Fulong in the Northeast Coast. For its soft, highly cohesive white quartz sands, this beach is acknowledged by the World Sand Sculpting Association to be the best for making sand sculptures in Taiwan.

It has been ten years since the Administration held the first Fulong International Sand Sculpture Festival in 2008 to promote sand sculpting art in Taiwan. Each year, more people were drawn to take part in the event. This year's festival (2017) will still be jointly held by the Administration and the Fullon Hotels & Resorts like in the past years. By co-organizing the event with the company, the Administration hopes to instill different energy into the festival while attracting even more visitors.

About the Festival

This year's festival theme is "Celebrating the 10th Anniversary : A Castle of Golden Sands in Fulong." Visitors from around the world are cordially invited to enjoy the grand artistic festival at golden Fulong in the Northeast Coast.

This summer, some skilled sand sculptors will present to the public a magical castle of golden quartz sands that they've built. The castle is said to come from a 10-year-old girl's dreams. You are cordially invited to enter this unique sand sculpture world and take part in this fairytale-like festival. The reception fountains, fantastical garden, happy angels and naughty devils are all here to celebrate the festival's 10th anniversary with you!

Source: Taiwan-The Heart Of Asia

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Penghu Ocean Fireworks Festival

2018/04/19 - 2018/06/21

The Penghu Ocean Fireworks Festival is not the only incentive attracting sightseers to the “Gaillardia pluchella Foug Island” during the summer season but it has certainly become a spectacular scene that lights up the evening sky over the isles that people look forward to seeing every summer. The first Festival took place in 2003 and invited well-known Taiwan singers and performing groups to entertain. The amazing high-altitude fireworks display, romantic music, cascading rockets and a sea of lanterns all turn Penghu into a resplendent scene, more and more beautiful as night falls! The Penghu Ocean Fireworks Festival has become one of the grand events of the summer season and a beautiful and magnificent night scene for visitors to the Gaillardia pluchella Foug Island.

Source: Taiwan-The Heart Of Asia

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Taichung City Mazu International Festival

2018/04/13 - 2018/04/22

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.

Source: Taiwan-The Heart Of Asia

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National Yimin Festival

2018 Aug

During the Lin Shuangwen incident in the late Qing dynasty, Lin Xiankun of Liuzhangli Village (present day Zhubei) led a group of soldiers and joined forces with other leaders from Guangdong including Wang Tingchang, Chen Ziyun, and Liu Chaozhen to bravely resist invaders. Over 200 men sacrificed their lives in the battle, winning them an imperial decree declaring their loyalty. Later, Lin Xiankun enlisted the aid of local leaders such as Liu Chaozhen, Wang Tingchang, Huang Zongwang, and Wu Ligui in constructing a temple to memorialize the dead. Traditional ceremonies of the Yimin Festival include raising lantern poles, releasing water lanterns, carrying shoulder poles, returning black banners to the woman’s parents’ home, and Da Shi Ye. 15 villages in Hsinchu and Taoyuan take turns hosting the event, which has a history of 220 years.

These ceremonies became a unique form of belief for the Hakka people and turned Yimin Ye into one of Taiwan’s main deities. Since the festival occurs during the seventh month of the lunar calendar, it is often organized along with the Ghost Festival, combining the spirit of compassion for departed spirits with respect for those who gave their lives in defense of their homeland.

During the seventh month, Taiwan’s Yimin Temples organize events to pay the proper respects, and as Xinpu Yimin Temple is the country’s main one, it represents the Hakka’s religious center. The worship ceremonies organized here have a long history, are held on a large scale, are representative of Taiwan, and are overall highly regarded. The branch temples will gather and return to the woman’s parents’ home, carrying on Yimin Ye’s spirit of loyalty and righteousness.

Source: Taiwan-The Heart Of Asia

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Yilan International Children’s Folklore & Folkgames Festival

2018/07/07 - 2018/08/19

Yilan International Children’s Folklore and Folkgame Festival features “Children’s Games,” a different theme based on an everlasting spirit of playfulness and the resulting creativity! The festival aims to provide children with a happy event to share with parents and friends, as well as befriending cultures from around the world! The child-themed event is one of the representative events of UNESCO’s International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Arts (CIOFF), and in 2010 was the only one of its kind in Asia to be approved by CIOFF International Festival. In contrast to ordinary festivals focusing on a single form of art (performance, visual art, or multimedia), the Children’s Folklore and Folkgame Festival combines multiple forms including performance, exhibitions, games, and exchange, presenting children’s games in a diverse and interesting way.

Source: Taiwan-The Heart Of Asia

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Tern-Watching Tour, Matsu

2018 Jul-Sep

The plentiful marine products of the Matsu Islands not only attract aficionados from all around, but also the sea birds that soar in the sky overhead as they search for the small fish, like anchovies and herring, that constitute their primary diet. Each year these graceful guests fly in and nest on the uninhabited reefs of Matsu. As a result, in May 2000 the Matsu Islands Tern Refuge was established. The refuge comprises Shuangzi Reef in Dongyin Township, the Sanlian Islets, Zhongdao, Tiejian, Baimiao, and Jinyu in Beigan Township, the Liuquan Reef in Nangan Township, and Sheshan in Juguang Township. The protected birds include the Bridled Tern, the Black-napped Tern, the Roseate Tern, the Crested Tern, the Black-tailed Tern, the Reef Egret, and the Fork-tailed Swift.

The best time for tern-watching in Matsu is from June to September. Whether it’s taking the bird-watching boat and admiring the scenery of Matsu and the islands as they soar up in the air or taking a leisurely walk along the harbor and underground tunnels to enjoy watching the terns from a unique vantage point, both are wonderful excursions not to be missed while visiting Matsu in the summer. In addition to the bird-watching excursions, you can also enjoy Beigan’s Mt. Da’ao, Qinbi Village, and a magnificent coast from the water, and along the way get a great view of Matsu’s unique local landscape and the military fortifications that date from an earlier time. A series of activities allow visitors to savor the unique military culture of Matsu and at the same time combine a trip rich in ecological education with total relaxation where they can experience firsthand the beauty of the place, enjoy the local culture, the unique “battleground” environment, and the rich ecology.

Source: Taiwan-The Heart Of Asia

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Taiwan Culinary Exhibition

2018/08/10 - 2018/08/13

From just simple food and cooking, the Taiwan Culinary Exhibition has broadened to include kitchenware, culture, and dining atmosphere. Food culture integrates famous cuisine and special locally grown ingredients to create local cuisines with increasing diversity, taking Taiwan cuisine into the international arena. In addition to food that both looks and tastes great, there are also dynamic competitions of the cooking art, in which famous chefs from countries around the world are attracted to participate, making the Taiwan Culinary Exhibition a truly international event. To highlight the development of the Exhibition since its inception in 1989, every year different innovative theme plans are made, meant to create a moving atmosphere so that guests might participate and personally experience the magic of unique cuisine.

In 2012 the theme plan was: “Eye on the Artistry”—raise cooking skills, forge a Taiwan Michelin; “Watch the Show”—stress equally both sides of the cuisine spectrum, let people taste the best of street snacks as well as creative cuisine. In 2013 there will be a change to a format patterned after the previous Taipei World Trade Center exhibitions that will combine fine dining with touring. We will work with hotel and restaurant owners and, based on different themes, will plan out a number of different “cuisine itineraries” so that people can tour the city and at the same time sample fine cuisine, enjoying two different atmospheres!

Source: Taiwan-The Heart Of Asia

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HO-HAI-YAN Gongliao Rock Festival

2018 Jul

Gongliao Rock Festival is one of New Taipei City’s most famous major annual
coastal events of the summer season. Not only has this event successfully
integrated the sea environment with the creative spirit of independent
(indie) music, to create a distinguishing feature of the Northeast Cape and a
major benefit to tourism, it has also provided a stage for non-mainstream
musical artists and created an advantage for marketing international tourism
in Taiwan. The Festival is held each year on the July with the aim of
providing enthusiastic youth a great place to go during the summer vacation
period. At the same time it also lifts the curtain for travel throughout the
entire summer season for New Taipei City’s Northeast Coast shoreline. The
theme of the Festival is “Appreciating Indie Music at the Ocean”—a
competition among indie music groups—and centers on performances by Taiwanese
and overseas creative musical groups. The brilliant performances of the music
groups and the enthusiasm of the crowds create a “chemical reaction,” a
further “selling point” of this climactic event. This summer, liberate your
soul with music, let yourself go and join other music enthusiasts “drunk on
music,” let HO-HAI-YAN Gongliao Rock Festival ignite your long pent-up
energy, open up your arms and welcome this “sacred” annual rock &
roll classic.

Source: Taiwan-The Heart Of Asia


Toucheng "Qianggu"-Grappling with the Ghost pole-climbing competition

2018 Aug

Starting in the Qing dynasty, there has been a custom of people seizing sacrificial goods after the Ghost Festival is over. Some say this is to scare away lingering spirits, and is known as “Qianggu” (ghost grappling). The Qianggu competition held in Toucheng is Taiwan’s largest and one of Yilan’s important traditional events during the seventh lunar month. The tower consists of pillars made of China fir, 11 meters tall and 8 meters wide, with 7 or 8 meter bamboo trestlework on top. Squid, rice dumplings, rice noodles, meat, fish, and other foods are tied to the trestlework. Team members must climb on top of each other to reach the top of the trestlework and pillars, which are covered in oil. Reaching the top, they cut down the food and throw it to the frame below, where it is taken by spectators. Whoever claims the wind banner at the top is declared the winner. There are a variety of other events, including the water lantern old street tour, releasing water lanterns into Zhu’an River a day before the ghost gates close, and Beiguan Battle. There is a period of one month between the first day when the ghost gates open and the last day when Qianggu is held. In addition to remembering the ancestors and their pioneering efforts, the month includes a variety of religious traditional and folk culture events.

Source: Taiwan-The Heart Of Asia

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Keelung Mid-Summer Ghost Festival

2018 Aug-Sep

Keelung Mid-Summer Ghost Festival is one of the 12 major festivals designated by the Tourism Bureau. It started in the Qing dynasty when immigrants from Fujian settled Keelung. Because of disagreements over ancestral origins, they clashed over business, land, plowing, customs, and beliefs, leading to armed conflict, heavy casualties, and hostility. In 1853, a great battle was fought at Hangding (present-day Nanrong Cemetary), with over a hundred casualties.

On the verge of another conflict, elders and leaders from either side negotiated a truce. Bodies of the dead were referred to as “Lao Da Gong,” and they were buried and worshipped. Based on their surname, people took turns negotiating. These were the 11 families of Keelung, which took turns organizing the Ghost Festival. Family relationships replaced ancestral hometowns as the basis for ties, bringing together the two sides which took turns organizing the festival and offering to lonely spirits. Parade competition replaced armed conflict to preserve the peace.

The Mid-Summer Ghost Festival begins on the first day of the seventh lunar month, when Lao Da Gong Temple opens Kanmen, and over the next 12 days the lanterns are lit and colored thread released on Zhupu altar. The Ying Dou Deng procession takes place on the 13th day, the water lantern procession by the seashore on the 14th, the Ghost Festival ceremony on the 15th, and finally comes the Jumping Zhong Kui and Opening Kanmen, on the first day of the 8th month. The entire period lasts a month, and is similar to the Western world’s Christmas or Japan’s Night Parade of a Hundred Demons. Each ceremony has a historical and folk culture signficance, and over the last few years culture and art aspects have been integrated with the traditional ceremony. These aspects include art exhibitions and famous groups from Taiwan and abroad. We hope that the Ghost Festival will increase solidarity and mutual blessing among the people of Keelung.

Source: Taiwan-The Heart Of Asia

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Sun Moon Lake Swimming Carnival

201809/16 - 2018/09/16

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.

Source: Taiwan-The Heart Of Asia

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New Year’s Eve Celebration

2018/12/31 - 2019/01/01

What makes the Taipei New Year’s Eve Celebration special is that it is different from the fireworks and performances put on by Sydney Australia, the second city to celebrate New Year’ Eve, and also different from the countdown and lowering of the ball in Times Square in New York City.

At Taipei’s 101 building when the countdown enters the final stage, the building itself lights up floor by floor from the bottom up for the New Year’s countdown, making Taipei 101 the biggest New Year’s Eve countdown clock in the world. After the countdown is over, fireworks are immediately set off, a star-studded group gathers on the spot to accompany a variety of activities and special ceremonies, and a special, exciting, out-of-the-ordinary Taipei New Year’s Eve celebration is on display!

Although taking place in the winter with its low temperatures and frequent bursts of cold air, Taipei New Year’s Eve celebration attracts more people the later in the evening it gets. Even if a cold snap hits, there is no drop in the enthusiasm of those welcoming in the new year. The Taipei city government, that runs the event, has made the concept of turning Taipei city into “New Year City,” the creative axis of the event. Since the staging of Taiwan’s first-ever grand New Year’s event in 1995, it won an enthusiastic response among young people and had the media competing with each other to report it, and this later spread throughout the entire country with similar celebrations being held everywhere.

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Sanyi International Woodcarving Art Festival

2018 OCT

Township is located in southern Miaoli, neighboring Da’an River and Houli
(Taichung). To the northeast is Sanjiaoshan (567 m) and Xinlong and Xinglong,
two villages in Tongluo Township. To the east, Guandao Range forms a natural
boundary next to Dahu and Zhuolan. To the west are Huoyan Range, Yuanli, and
Tongxiao, and to the north is Tongluo Township. Situated between Taiwan’s
northern and southern climate zones, Sanyi experiences a variety of different
weather, especially in the spring and winter; people feel as if it’s always
summer until the first rains bring autumn. From November to March, the area
is covered in clouds and fog, turning Sanyi into a wonderland and granting it
the title “Taiwan’s Mist Capitol.” The area produces an abundance of camphor
trees, popular for their fragrant wood. In 1918, Wu Jinbao and his son
strarted creating camphorwood sculptures, developing their art and passing it
along to local residents.

Today, the wood sculptures street is home to a
number of flourishing shops. After 2001, Sanyi Township began organizing
International Woodcarving Art Festival, featuring local qualities, a variety
of activities, and a fun, artistic atmosphere. The “static” exhibition shows
off the beauty of wood sculptures, and the “moving” performances give
visitors a chance to absorb the rich culture. DIY activities include wood
games a variety of interesting things to challenge your mind.

Source: Taiwan-The Heart Of Asia

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Yunlin International Puppets Arts Festival

2018 OCT

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Shadow puppetry, glove puppetry, and marionette were introduced to Taiwan, blended with local customs and beliefs, and had developed into a unique art form of puppetry since, becoming three treasures of Taiwan. As time goes by, regardless of a vivid performance in the hands of the masters, an incidental music of live musicians’ pragmatic responses, or an audience of different generation, or even the purpose of performance switched from offering thanks to the gods to entertaining people, the significance of puppetry arts has been gradually changing. Yunlin International Puppet Arts Festival was founded in 1999, and Yunlin becomes puppets’ hometown in Taiwan, creating a variety of performing schools. To establish the International Puppet Arts Festival is to realize Yunlin as a cultural county, to carry forward the traditions of fine art, and to promote international cultural exchanges. The festival activities include inviting international puppet teams to perform, and sponsoring the Golden Palm Award to encourage skill contests and competitive performances of classic and innovative plays. In addition, it combines with exhibitions of arts, cultural and creative works, and installation art of agricultural product puppets, and promoting, encouraging, teaching and experiencing glove puppetry to enable sustainable development and to pass on the heritage of glove puppetry culture.

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Art Taipei (the Taipei International Contemporary Art Fair)

2018/10/26 - 2017/10/29

Art Taipei, organized by Taiwan Art Gallery Associationsince 1992, is one of the most important art fairs in the global art world, aswell as the longest-standing art fair in Asia.

As the joint between Northeast and Southeast Asia, ARTTAIPEI offers the best and most up-to-date art of the region by established andemerging galleries. The exciting and insightful programs of the fair allow theparticipants a step closer to the vivid art scenes. ART TAIPEI attractssignificant art collectors and professionals from around the region every year,and has become a must-visit for many of them for years.

Oneafter another record-breaking commercial success in past editions proved ARTTAIPEI as the essential platform for promoting and trading arts in Asia. Basedon rich experiences and established relationships with leading figures in theindustry, ART TAIPEI will continue presenting the most rewarding fairexperience with unique insights in the editions to come.

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Love in Alishan ─ Wedding under Sacred Tree

2018 Oct

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Wedding under the Divine Tree is watched over by ancient trees as newlyweds seal their lifelong commitment underneath. This signifies everlasting love and future fortune and happiness. A backdrop of two hearts forms the unchanging symbol of the event, being wonderfully integrated with the fragrant trees and green forest. Effects are used to display a fantastic wedding image, with great quantities of roses and flower petals arranged with green plants and leaves. After the newlyweds pass through the flower arch, representing the beginning of a new stage in life, and the sweet flower stepway, which represents happiness, their new journey through life is officially announced. Then, watched over by the ancient trees, they began a beautiful marriage as enduring as the trees themselves. In addition to wedding ceremonies, events make use of Chiayi’s tourism resources, including bed and breakfasts, fine cuisine, local fine foods, traditional aborigine handicraft, agricultural specialty products, wedding businesses, and local specialty gifts. They create a journey of love and romance to bring the new couple the happiest and most fortunate marriage possible, as well as including guests in the festive atmosphere. The events promote tourism and related industries and increase Chiayi’s international reputation, making Taiwan an excellent tourist destination.

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Taroko Gorge Marathon

2018 Nov

Taroko National Park, known for its magnificent view of the gorge, features the Central Cross-Island Highway, entering the archway of the Highway from Sioulin Township of Hualien, passing through the Taroko National Park Administration, Changchun Temple, Tunnel of Nine Turns, and Tiansiang, and connecting to Dayuling, turning to the branches of the Western or the Central Cross-Island Highway to end in Yilan, having beautiful scenery along the way, which are the deep valleys resulting from cutting actions of the changes in the crust and rivers together, an amazing forces of nature. Liwu River’s gurgling flow rushes under your foot, and the air is full of the most natural flavor of the original. Here is the place attracts not only the countrymen but also an endless stream of foreign visitors.

Taroko National Park is really a rare gem in the world. The best way to acquaint yourself with Taroko National Park is immersing yourself in cliffs, the works of arts by nature gods. Taroko National Park organized "Taroko Gorge Marathon” in 2000 for the first time, and invited visitors in the enjoyment of the slow living attitude and the scenery of world-class attractions, by preventing any interference from annoying cars. Each year, the events in the Marathon always create new tournament records, regardless of the number of participants, the nationalities of the players, and the race results. It has been an unprecedented occasion and now risen to a international tournament, attracting players from around the world and friends who love jogging to get together at here to win over and to enjoy the beauty of the national park. The activities of Taroko Gorge Marathon are divided into the groups of full marathon and of half marathon to carter to the different participants who can choose their own schedule and experience the beauty of the vast forests and mountains.

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Kungshen Wangye’s Salt for Peace Festival

2018/10/27- 2018/10/28

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 indispensible 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.

Source: Taiwan-The Heart Of Asia

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Taiwan Open of Surfing

2018 Nov-Dec

"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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2018 Dec

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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Taiwan Hot Spring & Fine-Cuisine Carnival

2017 Oct - 2018 Jun

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.

Source: Taiwan-The Heart Of Asia