TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Renowned U.S. magazine, Reader's Digest published their "40 Travel Adventures You Need to Have Before You're 40" earlier this month, with Taiwan's Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival coming in at number 38.
Reader's Digest described the festival as having "a magical feel to be among all the beautifully lit balloons in the night sky".
The Spring Lantern Festival is an annual event which falls in February or March, and is a significant cultural event. Lanterns are released as a prayer for the coming year, and often reflect people's aspirations and dreams. Lanterns are also let go as part of Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations.
The Pingxi Lantern Festival is one of Taiwan's most famous festivals, and is popular with both locals and tourists. The festival was previously named by the U.S. Discovery Channel as the second biggest New Year's celebration in the world, according to the Tourism Bureau.
The Pingxi Lantern Festival joins the ranks of other well-known adventures and events on Readers Digest's list, including India's Holi festival, Germany's Oktoberfest, African safari, hike through Patagonia, and cycling tour of New Zealand.
The top ten of Reader's Digest's "40 Travel Adventures You Need to Have Before You're 40" is outlined below:
1. Holi festival, India
2. Hike the Pacific Crest Trail
3. Drive cross-country with your kids
4. Backpack around Europe
5. Go glamping
6. Or, go old-school camping
7. Learn to surf in Hawaii
8. Explore the Costa Rican jungle
9. Travel with your parents
10. Oktoberfest, Germany.