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Renowned Taiwan Lantern Festival set to light up heavens on February 6

Andy Hsiao Chung--The Taiwan Lantern Festival has become a large scale event that draws visitors from around the world; the American Discovery Channel's "Fantastic Festivals of the World" has also highlighted the festival as one of the best festivals in the world.

Next year's Taiwan Lantern Festival on Feb. 6 is to be held in Lugang Town (鹿港) in Changhua County.

The event's main lantern, a brave dragon (龍翔霞蔚) that is 20 meters tall and 40 tons heavy and the small DIY lantern "Spirited Dragon (神氣龍)" was unveiled yesterday at Grand Hotel (圓山大飯店) in Taipei.

The design depicts a dragon soaring fearlessly into the sky, while wearing a calm demeanor – reflecting the legend of the dragon that flown across plantations for nine days creating good spirits for farmers.

"The 2012 Taiwan Lantern Festival" will start on Monday February 6. The main lantern will perform its LCD light dance every half an hour.

To provide convenient public transportation, the Changhua County government has made arraignments with the Taichung High Speed Rail, Changhua railway station and Yuanllin railway station to provide shuttles buses to Lugang.

Changhua County Magistrate Cho Bo-yuan (卓伯源) said while holding on to old tradition and customs, the festival has also served as a great opportunity to innovate and enrich the unique local culture.

President of Taiwan Strait Tourism Association Janice Lai (賴瑟珍) said the festival is a great opportunity to maximize revenues from tourist resources such as scenic attractions and local cuisine.

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