Kaohsiung, Taipei to host Lantern Festival in 2022, 2023

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Taipei, Jan. 14 (CNA) Kaohsiung and Taipei are scheduled to host the official Taiwan Lantern Festival in 2022 and in 2023, respectively, the Tourism Bureau under the Ministry of Transportation and Communications announced Thursday.

This year’s main exhibition will take place in Hsinchu.

For the 2022 festival in Kaohsiung, the main lantern exhibition is slated to take place at the Asia New Bay Area, a waterfront district that the city government aims to turn into a base for the world’s emerging technologies, the bureau said in a statement.

The city’s landmark Maritime Cultural and Popular Music Center, the Pier 2 Art Center, the Great Harbor Bridge and Kaohsiung Port Warehouse No.2 (KW2) are all in that area.

Another major exhibition area will be at the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts, also known as the Weiwuying.

The last time Kaohsiung played host to the lantern festival was in 2002, while the last time it was held in Taipei was in 2000, according to the bureau.

For the 2023 festival, the Taipei City government’s proposed main exhibition area will cover major tourist attractions surrounding Taipei City Hall, including the Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall, the Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, the Hsinyi Special Area and the Forty-Four South Village, according to the bureau.

The two cities won the rights to host the event after a committee formed by the tourism bureau reviewed proposals submitted by various local governments based on six indicators — event venues, transportation systems, accommodation capacity, safety management, tourism marketing plans and fundraising ability, according to the statement.

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The bureau said that the announcement of two host cities for the event in the next two years at one time is to give the hosts sufficient time for international promotion and event organization.

(By Yu Hsiao-han and Evelyn Kao)



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