Taiwan's Taitung International Balloon Festival fires up on June 29

Taitung International Balloon Festival will again be extended to a total of 45 days this year


TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Eastern Taiwan's 2019 Taitung International Balloon Festival will take off on June 29 in Luye Township and will be extended an extra week to last a total of 45 days, according to the Taitung County Government.

Taiwan International Balloon Festival normally runs for 38 days, but last year it was extended to 45 days help attract more tourism in the region following the devastating Hualien Earthquake. This year, Taitung County Magistrate April Yao (饒慶鈴) has decided to again to add an extra week to the festival to make it run from June 29 to Aug. 12.

The annual Taiwan International Balloon Festival in Taitung County has been listed among the top 12 Amazing Hot Air Balloon Festivals around the world by the Travel Channel in 2018. According to Travel Channel, the highlights of the Taitung International Balloon Festival are the unprecedented number of uniquely-shaped balloons featured during eight evening light sculpture concerts.

For more information about the Taitung International Hot Air Balloon Festival, please visit the festival's official website.

Visitors can enjoy different balloon themes over the course of six nights.

(Photo from balloontaiwan.taitung.gov.tw)

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