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Rubber Duck prepares to roost in north Taiwan

Rubber Duck prepares to roost in north Taiwan

Taipei, Oct. 23 (CNA) The giant Rubber Duck that charmed crowds in Kaohsiung over the past month is about to land in Taoyuan, where the northern county's government has already begun offering tours to promote the unique pond-dotted landscape of its Xinwu Township ahead of its arrival. The immense sculpture in the shape of a bath toy will be a central part of a landscape festival in the county, where it will greet visitors from within a pond between Oct. 26 and Nov. 10 before moving on for the winter. Taoyuan's Rubber Duck will build its temporary nest in a more rural area than Kaohsiung's, which attracted some 3.9 million visitors to the southern city's port from Sept. 19 to Oct. 20. As a result, duck fans can expect a different kind of viewing experience as they enjoy the floating sculpture through the context of coastal bike rides, tourist farms, fresh seafood restaurants and sunsets over the Taiwan Strait, according to Taoyuan's Tourism Promotion Bureau on Tuesday. The duck itself is also a different sculpture from the one exhibited in Kaohsiung, though they share the same size and weight. The brainchild of Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, each duck measures 18 meters high and weighs in at 1,000 kilograms, making them the second biggest of his Rubber Duck series exhibited anywhere in the world. Taoyuan expects Xinwu to see up to 1.5 million visitors during the duck's 15-day stay there, tourism officials said. Tests to inflate the new incarnation of the Rubber Duck have been delayed until Wednesday due to inclement weather. (By Chiu Chun-chin and Jeffrey Wu)


Updated : 2021-05-18 08:28 GMT+08:00