Taiwan Lantern Festival reveals its star attraction

The China Post
Date: December 29, 2016

TAIPEI — The main and handheld lanterns for the official 2017 Taiwan Lantern Festival slated to start


Feb. 11 in the central-southern county of Yunlin were unveiled in Taipei Wednesday.

Representing the year of the rooster in the Chinese zodiac, the 23-meter-high main lantern is designed in the shape of a phoenix and is decorated with more than 200 crystals, according to the Tourism Bureau.

The bureau said 80,000 handheld lanterns featuring a chicken-egg combination shape will be handed out when the festival takes place from Feb. 11-19.

The festival is expected to attract 10 million visitors and generate NT$8 billion in tourism dollar for the area, according to the bureau.

At the ceremony in Taipei, Yunlin Magistrate Lee Chin-yung (李進勇) expressed a warm welcome for tourists to visit the main lantern zone in front of the Taiwan High Speed Rail Yunlin Station in Huwei Township.    [FULL  STORY]

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