TAIPEI (Taiwan News)--The 2017 Penghu International Firework Festival will begin on April 20 and continue through June 22, featuring 22 fireworks displays, 16 of which will be launched from the sea at the bay area of Magong City’s Guanyinting Recreation Area and the other six are scheduled on different offshore townships, including Wang’an, Baisha, Huxi, Xiyu, and Qimei, , according to event organizer Penghu County Government.
This will be the first time that part of the fireworks displays take place at places other than Magong, the island county’s biggest city, the county government said.
The fireworks displays will take place two or three nights a week. For a detailed schedule, please visit the event schedule.
The annual firework festival, which has become Penghu‘s major tourism event today, began in May 2002, following the crash of China Airlines Flight 611 off the coast of Penghu. The disaster caused the number of tourists to plummet that year, severely affecting the Penghu tourism industry, the county government said. Therefore, the initial firework festival was held to give a shot in the arm for the county’s tourism, and it has developed into a successful model.
The event has gained considerable popularity, attracting a significant number of domestic and foreign tourists to Penghu each year, the county government said, adding that more than one million tourists visited Penghu last year, a record-breaking number.
The Magong Guanyinting Recreation Area features unique ocean bay environment and the romantic Siying Rainbow, which complement the fireworks very well, according to the county government.
Because the fireworks igniting area is only approximately 300 meters away from the viewing area, tourists can view the fireworks at close range. Eight- to sixteen-inch aerial shells are launched from the ocean, exploding into a spectacular display in the night sky, the county government said, adding that the fireworks seem within arm‘s reach, creating a unique sense of immersion.
In addition to the fireworks displays, numerous renowned artists and local performance groups take turns performing on stage, according to the county government.
Fireworks Display Schedule
(photo from the event's official website)