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Taipei Lantern Festival extended through Feb. 23

TAIPEI -- Taipei City's lantern festival will be extended for an additional week until Feb. 23, in the hope of attracting more visitors, the city government said yesterday.

The announcement came a day after the 10-day Taipei Lantern Festival was scheduled to end.

Amid relatively warm dry weather Sunday, huge crowds flocked to the festival venues for what was thought to be the last chance to see the colorful lantern displays.

Huang Lu Ching-lu, head of the city's Department of Civil Affairs, said due to the persistent rainy and cold weather, there were fewer visitors to the festival this year than in the past.

When the weather finally turned sunny, however, it was time for the festival to close, Huang Lu said.

The decision to extend the event was based on requests from the co-organizers, she added.

Except for the theme lantern and certain displays that have been removed, all other exhibits will remain in place for another week, including the 4-kilometer lantern corridor on Zhongshan North Road and the site-specific lanterns, she said.

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