By: Bien Chin-feng, Chiu Chun-chin and Elizabeth Hsu
Taipei, Feb. 22 (CNA) The 2016 Taiwan Lantern Festival, a two-week event that kicked off in Taoyuan Monday, is the largest of its kind in history in terms of the scale, the height of the main lantern, and the number of new records it has established.
There are 10 historic records related to the Taoyuan event, held in a Taiwan High-Speed Rail (THSR) special zone stretching from the THSR Qingpu Station Plaza to Qingtang Park. They include the centerpiece lantern, titled “Golden Monkey Brings Good Fortune.”
The monkey-shaped lantern stands at a height of 26 meters, the highest since the Tourism Bureau under the Ministry of Transportation and Communications began organizing the Taiwan Lantern Festival in 1990. It represents the year of the Monkey in the Chinese zodiac. [FULL STORY]