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Yilan fest invites families through August

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The 2014 annual Yilan International Children's Folklore and Folkgame Festival (YICFFF, 宜蘭國際童玩藝術節) kicked off yesterday, presenting an array of child-friendly water activities, exhibitions, performances and facilities visitors can enjoy until Aug. 24.

The Yilan County Government (宜蘭縣政府) said that on the weekend of Chinese Valentine's Day, Aug. 2 to 3 from 7 p.m. to midnight, various roads in Yilan City will be subject to traffic control.

Every year, as Chinese Valentine's Day falls within the period of YICFFF, the festival sets up a symbolic magpie bridge, which is a reference to the famous Chinese folk story of a flock of magpies that flew into a bridge formation to reunite separated lovers. However, this year, to avoid the waste of tearing down the bridge after the festival ends, light shows will replace the retelling of the classic Chinese Valentine's Day love story.

The Yilan City Office (宜蘭市公所) said that other than a LOHAS market and an International workshop, there will also be a retro music night as well as performances by the Evergreen Symphony Orchestra. International groups from Poland, the Netherlands, France, Israel and Ukraine will also be performing at the festival.

One of the water activity attractions is the 88 Water Slide, a 10-meter-high slide shaped in a figure-eight for the maximum water-slide thrill.

One of the main exhibitions this year at YICFF is the Hopping Village Picture Book Museum, where visitors young and old can enter an enchanting, illustrated world and explore storybook characters.

Regular ticket prices are NT$350 on weekends and NT$250 during the week. Group tickets, discounted tickets and children's tickets are also available.

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The 2014 annual Yilan International Children's Folklore and Folkgame Festival is seen on opening day, yesterday, attracting crowds of visitors in Yilan. The festival attracted such large crowds that all the activities and games required visitors to stand in long lines. (CNA)

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