Tourism Bureau readies for 2013 Lantern Festival
By Linger Liu, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Tourism Bureau under the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) is set to launch the 2013 Taiwan Lantern Festival in Hsinchu County starting from Feb 24. to March 10.
January 5, 2013, 12:06 am TWN
The bureau will combine the festival with the local culture of Hsinchu County to promote the city's tourism resources. The Discovery Channel has listed Taiwan's lantern festival as one of the best festivals in the world.
The major lantern-theme attraction this year will be “animation, technology, and culture,” working in-line with the Hsinchu County Government. The lighting display will be presenting the theme of lanterns in the shape of the snake, the symbol of the years Chinese Zodiac. The snake also symbolizes the image of a dragon on the grounds that it is believed to bring peace and prosperity.
The primary lantern will be 20 meters high and weigh 26 tons. It was designed so that the snake's body will grow up toward the sky and be surrounded by clouds, reflecting Taiwan's culture in seeking balance in the Universe and nature.
The lanterns at the festival will include more than 200,000 LED lights, and more than 2,000 sets of lighting displays. The application of LEDs is in order to save on energy to decrease the waste created by traditional lighting.
The 2013 Taiwan Lantern Festival will have its official lighting ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 24, at 7:15 p.m. Visitors will have plenty of public transportation choices, from the high speed railway to regular train services. The Tourism Bureau will also offer direct shuttle buses from the station to the festival location, and there will be around 20,000 parking spaces around the area.
A model of the 2013 Taiwan Lantern Festival centerpiece is seen on display at Taipei's famous Grand Hotel, yesterday. The real lantern will measure 20 meters high and weigh 26 ...