While we’re in the midst of winter in Taiwan, it’s never too early to think about summer. While most people head to the beach for some R&R, you can also enjoy an art show right by the ocean. The canvas at the Fulong International Sand Sculpture Art Festival 福隆沙雕藝術季 is the beach itself. These incredible sculptures top any paltry sand castle I’ve ever made, and showcase a variety of different themes and subjects. Check out more info after the jump. Read the rest of this entry
One of the strangest events actually hosted by the Taipei government is the Dream Parade 夢想嘉年華. It’s a mix of Brazilian Carnival, Mardi Gras, religious processions, modern art, and traditional culture all mashed together. It celebrates the surreal, the quirky, the colorful, and the half-dressed. Everyone from eight to eighty (literally) join in the festivities to make it one of Taipei’s weirdest and enjoyable events. Check out more info after the jump.
Is there a better place for a music festival than on a beach? It’s hard to beat warm sand, cool waves, fried food, and loud music. In the year 2000, some brilliant men and women got together and decided to combine all these things into the Hohaiyan Rock Festival (also known as the Hohaiyan Gongliao Rock Festival) 貢寮國際海洋音樂祭, located on Fulong Beach in New Taipei City. I visited the festival in 2012 and loved it, but couldn’t make it in 2013 because a typhoon delayed part of the festival and I was busy on the new date. Summer is inching closer, so I will see if I can make it again. Here are some pictures from my visit.
It’s lantern festival season. While the festival in Pingxi is the most famous, that Taipei Lantern Festival showcases creative designs (that sadly don’t fly into the sky) ranging from animals to historical figures to giant robots. Check out some of my picture from the event.
One of the most famous festivals in all of Taiwan is the Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival 平溪天燈節 . The town, in a rural part of New Taipei City, is a tourist destination for their old street and their sky lantern activity. While anyone can release a sky lantern at any time, the festival is where you can see them light up the night sky for a truly amazing sight. I wasn’t able to make it last year, but I definitely didn’t want to miss an opportunity to see it this time. Check out some pictures from the festival: