Hsinchu prepares special highlight for Lantern Festival
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The installation of a special lantern for the 2013 Taiwan Lantern Festival was kicked off recently in the neighborhood around the Hsinchu High Speed Rail Station, where the festival will run from Feb. 24 through March 10.
January 18, 2013, 12:23 am TWN
According to the Tourism Bureau, which is organizing the event, its Director-General David W.J. Hsieh, Hsinchu County Magistrate Chiu Ching-chun, and a representative of sponsor Chunghwa Telecom, jointly presided over the installation ceremony on Wednesday.
Tourism Bureau officials said that the thematic lantern, dubbed the “Speedy Dragon Lantern,” will promote the theme of “Animation, Technology and Humanity” and integrate traditional folk culture, modern art and technology.
The design, production and exhibition of the lantern will be handled by ACROPRO, a company dedicated to visual, audio and landscaping projects based in New Taipei City.
The main lantern will be 20 meters high and 20 meters wide, and weigh 26 metric tons. The light source will feature 200,000 energy-saving LED bulbs, with a total of 2,000 light-change control circuits available, to help reduce carbon emissions.
The upcoming lantern festival will have five exhibition areas, namely “Hsinchu Technology,” “Animated Art,” “Local Humanity,” “Charming Hsinchu County” and “Thematic Lantern.”