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2018 New Taipei City Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival won the Recognition of Best Festivals Around the World

2018 New Taipei City Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival  Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival won the Recognition of Best Festivals Around the World
News 2018/2/23
Date 2018/02/23 - 2018/03/02
Organizer Tourism and Travel Department, New Taipei City Government
Press Release by the Tourism and Travel Department, New Taipei City Government February 23, 2018
2018 New Taipei City Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival
Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival Won Recognition as Best Festival in the World
Lantern Festival Pingxi Fun Tour Captures Sanrio Stars in the Wild
Announcement of Road Traffic Control and Shuttle Service Information Comprehensive Plans of Environmental Protection and Firefighting
[New Taipei City] A great destination for spring travel, spending the Chinese New Year holiday in Pingxi is really fun! "2018 New Taipei City Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival" will have a lively kick off of the Lantern Festival on March 2. Today (the 23rd) The Tourism and Travel Department of New Taipei City Government held a press conference for advocating relevant information about road traffic control and shuttle service to get well preparation for the 20th anniversary of the international grand event. It's suggested that people take more public transportation to relieve the traffic jam situations on the day of the activity. Meanwhile, the introduction of local cultural and creative products in Pingxi makes people see abundant local creativity in Pingxi.
"New Taipei City Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival" was voted by the foreign medias as one of the "Best Festivals Around the World in 2017". The Deputy Mayor Yeh Hui-Ching indicated that New Taipei City Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival has won much international recognition. Besides being listed as one of CNN's 52 Things To Do in 2013, one of the 14 Festivals to Attend Before You Die named by “Fodor's” and one of the “10 Best Winter Destinations of the World 2016” as recommended by National Geographic Magazine at 2016. Last year (2017), it was named the Best Festival in February when Carnival of Venice and Rio Carnival were in the same list of the Best Festivals Around the World in 2017 by The Huffington Post!
And, on the day of the Lantern Festival, comprehensive measures of road traffic congestion relief and safety protection will be implemented for "2018 New Taipei City Sky Lantern Festival" held at Shifen Square. Your cooperation is much appreciated, and please take more public transportation to the venue to avoid traffic congestion as well as make all visitors to Pingxi leave wonderful memories and a safe journey filled with happiness.
The Overview of Road Traffic Control and Shuttle Service Lantern Festival Pingxi Fun Tour
On the activity on Lantern Festival (March 2), the plans of shuttle transportation, road traffic control and safety protection has been well prepared by the organizing units. On the day of the activity during 9 am to 12 am the next day, the overall road traffic control including motor vehicles and motorcycles will be implemented. Incorporating with road traffic control, the shuttle buses arranged to departure from Mucha Zoo with the charge of NTD 50 per person from Mucha, NTD 30 per person from Shiding, Keelung, Ruifang District and NTD 15 per person from Pingxi area. The return trip going down the mountain is free of charge! And, except for the Keelung Line shuttle bus, each line is available for using digital tickets to provide visitors convenience without preparing coin changes. Additionally, the train schedules for the TRA Pingxi Line on the day of the activity are different from the normal days. The general public can go to Taiwan Railway Administration website ( http://www.railway.gov.tw/tw/ ) for enquiries, or refer to the on-site announcement. The organizing Units reminds every one to make the best use of public transportation by taking shuttle buses; also, people should pay attention to the relevant safety regulations of firefighting, thus enjoying a good time and a safe return home.

All-Year-Round Recycle Plan Comprehensive Environmental Protection
For encouraging people to implement resource recycling when releasing sky lanterns for blessing, Environmental Protection Department has exclusively managed an activity in line with Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival, "Blessing and Environmental Protection- Resource Recycling Redemption Activity"; on the day of the activity during 2pm to 6 pm, the general public can bring 10 recycled objects (including at least 1 piece of sky lantern paper) to the venue and redeem a daily essential. Only limited quantity is available until finished. Besides, to avoid the impact of dropped sky lantern to the ecological environment, the Environmental Protection Department has planned an all-year-round recycling redemption activity, whoever bringing sky lantern paper at designated time can redeem New Taipei City Garbage Bags or daily essentials; meanwhile, in collaboration with local stores, the establishment of three "Sky Lantern Paper Recycling Work Stations" is to provide people with payment deductions by bringing sky lantern paper (every "entire piece" of used sky lantern paper can deduct NTD 1 from total payment), thus the traditional local industry and environmental sustainability can coexistence and co-prosperity.
Pingxi's Local Cultural and Creative Industry Has Become a Burning Hot Attraction Recommended Signature Souvenir
Besides releasing sky lanterns when taking a tour in Pingxi, there are many innovative signature souvenirs for people to discover. Pingxi's local business circles, communities and associations are progressively developing cultural and creative industries in Pingxi; through creativity, Pingxi's abundant potential development and local humanistic atmosphere will be highlighted. With international tourists' visits, sky lantern accessories have great progress, the versatile designs and styles become more exquisite and internationalized. The wishes written on sky lanterns are no longer limited to the Chinese language. Small LED sky lanterns are available in five languages, including English, Japanese, Korean and Thai, and have made the culture of sky lantern an illuminating attraction all over the world ! Moreover, recently, Pingxi has a trend of literature art, such as traveler's notebooks, cloth embroidered wristbands, signature postcards and etc. are the small souvenir gifts for tourists to purchase at local! Coal Mine postcards using a patent design of a Taiwan island-shaped 3D box for a collection of coal mine, which has a lustrous reflection from its black color and tells stories about ever-existed prosperous time of black gold. The increasing growth of cultural and creative industry at local has made Pingxi with richer tourism potential other than the sky lantern.
"Hello Pingxi! Search for Sanrio Star in the Natural Wide to Win Good Prize", a Limited Giveaway Lucky Draw Activity
This year, for the first time, the Tourism and Travel Department of New Taipei City Government has collaborated with famous Sanrio Corporation. Besides the cute patterns of Sanrio stars on the main lantern of Lantern Festival, four children's favorite stars, Hello Kitty, Pom Pom Purin, Cinnamoroll, and Pochacco invited to Pingxi at the same time to hold the Internet Lucky Draw activity. It's hoped that with more themes and attractiveness, tourists from both nationwide and worldwide will be allowed to take tours in a slower pace and discover the beauty of Pingxi.
Starting from the current day until March 31 (Saturday), people can capture the lovely Sanrio star installations at the nine attractions in Pingxi area as listed below "Chin-Ton Coal-Mine Museum", "Sky Lantern Police Station", “New Taipei City Library Pingxi Branch”, “Pingxi Old Streets”, “Pingxi Station”, "Shifen Waterfall", "Lingjiao Station", "Wanggu Station" and "Huge sloped pit at the bottom of stone”. Whoever taking a group photo with Sanrio photo-shooting installations at above mentioned scenic spots, uploading the photo to Facebook with tagging "#Sanrio Star touring in Pingxi" and setting the post as a public sharing can have a chance to win a super lovely prize "2018 New Taipei City Sky Lantern Festival x Sanrio Stars" limited postcards after scanning the QRcode on the installation sign and filling out basic information. It's definitely something worthy of a collection!
New Taipei City Government sincerely invited everyone to visit “New Taipei City Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival”, the "Best Festival Around the World" on this year's Lantern Festival and join the Search for Sanrio Star Giveaway Lucky Draw activity in Pingxi to experience the glamor and affective impact of Pingxi Mountain town!
For more relevant information about "2018 New Taipei City Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival", please go to New Taipei City Tourism website, or join New Taipei Tours Facebook fan page, or go to the activity official website for enquiries.
"New Taipei City Tourism website":
https://tour.ntpc.gov.tw/
"2018 New Taipei City Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival" activity website: http://tour.ntpc.gov.tw/2018skylantern
New Taipei Tours Facebook fan page: http://www.facebook.com/ntctour