Hot Spring Season of Taipei kicks off Oct. 20 with many perks available

Hot Spring Season of Taipei kicks off Oct. 20

The 2016 Hot Spring Season of Taipei will take place from Oct. 20 to Oct. 24 at the square in front of Xinbeitou MRT Station, Qixing Park, and Beitou Park, with food stands, prize-drawing, performances and lots of perks up for grabs from “Hot Spring Witch Go!” app. Each year, Hot Spring Season of Taipei is held in Fall to celebrate the Beitou area’s unique hot spring culture and natural endowments. The year of 2016 marks the 15th anniversary of this event, and a highlight of this year’s five-day festival will be the special “Children's Deity Palanquin Parade.” Other activities include bathing garment and accessory DIY, painted Japanese fans, performances of the Ming Hwa Yuan Opera Troupe, food stands with Taiwan local foods, and a great many perks and discounts local hot spring hotel operators have to offer, such as “buy-one-and-get-one-free” hotel stay. The Taipei Hot Springs Association said this year’s festival throws in a touch of technology by inviting the smart robot, Pepper, to station the venues and by launching the special “Hot Spring Witch GO!” app, which combines the technology of Beacon and Augmented Reality (AR) to give visitors a guided tour of Beitou hot spring culture and give them access to perks and discounts offered by stores and hot spring operators in Beitou. Source: 2016 Hot Spring Season of Taipei Facebook page Taipei City Government encouraged the public to take public transportation to attend the event and avoid possible traffic congestion in the area during the festival.