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2017 New Taipei City Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival

2017 New Taipei City Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival
News 2017/1/10
Date 2017/02/11 - 2017/02/11
Organizer Tourism and Travel Department, New Taipei City Government
Press Release by the Tourism and Travel Department, New Taipei City Government January 10, 2017
2017 New Taipei City Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival
Come together for a journey to Pingxi! An International Tourist's Attraction, Pingxi is Swiftly Promoted to the Top 10 Most Favorite Tourist's Attractions in Taiwan!
[New Taipei City] Have you planned any trips for the Spring Festival? Take your family or have an outing with your friends to travel in Pingxi! Today (January 10) the press conference is held for promoting the “2017 New Taipei City Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival” hosted by the New Taipei City Government. The “2017 New Taipei City Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival” will be held on February 11 (Lantern Festival) and October 4 (Mid-Autumn Festival). The Pingxi business circle will hold a series of activities all year round to give the tourists to experience Pingxi to their heart’s content! There will be a charitable foundation, the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association, the Taipei Japanese School and the students of New Taipei City Shifen Elementary School invited to participate the event. The public are welcome to have a good time in Pingxi!
The Deputy Mayor of New Taipei City Government Yeh Hui-Qing indicated that after years of promotion, the Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival has attracted countless visitors both nationwide and worldwide to the event, which has won international recognition and recommendation. According to the latest statistic data of 2016 released by the Tourism Bureau of Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC), for the first time, Pingxi has been swiftly promoted to the Top 10 Most Favorite Tourist's Attractions in Taiwan for free individual travel or backpack travel. At the same year, the ten millionth international visitors to Taiwan was a Korean couple spending their honeymoon in Taiwan, and releasing the sky lantern in Pingxi was a planned part of their trip; last year, Pingxi won the recommendation by the National Geographic Magazine as one of the “World's Top 10 Best Winter Trips”, and it's the evidence showing Pingxi's international reputation for its fascinating tourism. As a result, with the mutual efforts made by the official departments and local organizations, the distinctive local folk activities of releasing sky lantern in the Pingxi area has turned out to be a representative international activity that lasts all year round. Besides the Sky Lantern Festival, it's the current status of Pingxi, where the foreign visitors travel around at any time with in a hustle-and-bustle atmosphere! In fact, the sky lantern is not the only factors making Pingxi area become more popular, the characteristic natural landscape and historic humanism with its distinctive signature are Pingxi’s real attractions. Pingxi's local business circle and associations have launched a series of activities featuring local signatures to the dedication of promoting the tourism in Pingxi area, so as to make more people know such a beautiful land in Pingxi.
The Tourism and Travel Department of New Taipei City Government Chen Guo-jun also indicated that ever since years of intensive promotion, currently, there have been a stream of visitors from home and abroad visiting Pingxi every season; therefore, under the premise of achieving local consensus and recognition as well as taking into account of the perspective about the local development, the department keeps the traditional custom of releasing the sky lantern in the Shifen area on the Lantern Festival, and a second session of releasing the sky lanterns will be held on the Mid-Autumn Festival. In addition, the promotion of the signature tourism in Pingxi will be held all year round for extending the promotional effect, so as to maintain and last the tourism popularity in the Pingxi area for the entire period of a year.

The large-scale growth of Japanese and Korean visitors
Taiwan-Japan Tourism Exchange and Cooperation
Co-creation of the Large Main Lantern

Pingxi has been favored by the foreign visitors, especially in the recent years, there's a tendency showing a growth of Japanese and Korean visitors. Consequently, the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association, a charitable foundation, was exclusively invited to attend the Sky Lantern Festival on February 11, the Lantern Festival. Also, the Taipei City Japanese School and the students of the New Taipei City Shifen Elementary School are invited to jointly make creations for painting the large main lantern featuring the concept of Taiwan-Japan exchange, which will be released on the current day of the activity to demonstrate the friendly relationship and sustainable tourism exchange between Taiwan and Japan and together send their best wishes to the world. On February 11, the current day of the activity, the coupons of free sky lanterns to be released on the current day at 10 am will be distributed on site. Whoever wants to experience the magnificent scene of a hundred sky lanterns released to the sky should never miss the chance!

Combining Pingxi for Sharing Happiness
A Series of Activities Held by the Pingxi Local Business Circle

Before the Lantern Festival activity, the Pingxi business circle will hold the warmup activities during the Spring Festival for launching the all-year-round series activities to leave the visitors travelling in Pingxi with happy and pleasant memories!

Pingxi Business circle signature series activities, including the “Pingxi-Jingtong Sky Lantern Dragon” activity held on February 4 (Saturday) and February 5 (Sunday), and the sky lanterns will be released on the activity days at 6pm and 7pm; there will be 2 sessions and a total of 88 sky lanterns released along the way between Pingxi and Jingtong. Besides, starting from January 28, for one-month period, the “Wali 5-Barrier Prize Winning Contest “, a digital stamp collection activity will be held, whoever collects 5 digital stamps during the activity period can redeem a fine gift and a chance to join the lucky draw activity. Starting from February 28, the seasonal exclusive activities, the “Bell Knocking Hide-and-Seek” and the “Useful Sky Lantern” will be launched for encouraging the public to travel Pingxi in different seasons and feel Pingxi's diversified and unique glamor.

In addition to the happy sessions held on the Lantern Festival, another activity of releasing sky lantern will be held on October 4, the Mid-Autumn Festival, it features the integration of traditional festivity and the wonderful concepts of reunion, peace and blessing carried by the sky lanterns. It welcomes the public to join the great event together!

Activity Information of 2017 New Taipei City Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival
Activity Date
February 11, 2017 (Saturday) Lantern Festival
Activity Time
18:00~20:30
Activity Location
Shifen Square, Pingxi District, New Taipei City (No. 136 Nanshanping, Pingxi District, New Taipei City)

For more related information of the “2017 New Taipei City Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival” Please go to the website of New Taipei City Tour or join the New Taipei Tour Facebook fan page for enquiries.

“2017 New Taipei City Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival” Activity Website: http://tour.ntpc.gov.tw/2017skylantern

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