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Hot-air balloon festival takes off in Taitung County

TAIPEI--The sky in Taitung County was dotted with bright colors Saturday, as a festival featuring hot-air balloons from Taiwan and other countries was launched.

The festival, to run until Sept. 2, showcases 21 hot-air balloons from 13 countries, including the United States, Canada, Switzerland, France, Spain and Brazil.

Visitors to eastern Taiwan will be able to see hot-air balloon flying demonstrations and take balloon trips during the festival in Luye Township.

The festival also includes a hot-air balloon exhibition, light and sound shows featuring hot-air balloons, music concerts, kite-flying and paragliding demonstrations, and lectures and courses on balloons.

The best time to watch the balloons displays is from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., according to the Taitung County government, which organized the festival.

Among the 47 balloon pilots invited to participate in the second annual festival is Wu Chin-yeh, Taiwan's first female hot-air balloon pilot and one of the first five Taiwanese trained by the county government as a hot-air balloon pilot.

Wu had said that she was looking forward to showing visitors the beauty of her hometown from the perspective of a balloon flight.

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