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Panda makes a splash

Nature and dance music combine at Sun Moon Lake Splash. Whether the mix is right, remains to be seen

By Alita Rickards  /  CONTRIBUTING REPORTER

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No longer satisfied with having to choose between a weekend in nature or a weekend of partying? Today’s movers and shakers seem to be on the ball with trying to provide it all. River Bash was a smash, last weekend’s reggae beach party by Island Jam was slamming, and this weekend there’s something new from Panda Productions — a two-day overnight trip to Sun Moon Lake (日月潭).

Panda has scheduled DJs for tomorrow and Sunday afternoons only, with tomorrow evening and Sunday morning devoted to relaxation and exploring nature.

“Some people don’t like that,” said promoter Patricia Tsou (鄒佩菁). “They want to party all night long. But if I want that, I can do it anywhere in Taipei. I want people to enjoy the mountains and the lake,” she said.

Because sound echoes across the water, late-night music was not an option. Instead, early morning transportation tomorrow will have everyone at Sun Moon Lake by noon, where they will be ferried from Dehua dock (德化社碼頭) to a floating water bungalow. DJs will spin music all afternoon while partygoers dance, swim and eat barbecue. A jet ski will tow a banana boat and Tsou advises people to bring their own inflatable water toys to float on.

An early night will be followed by a choice of outdoor activities Sunday morning, including hiking and cycling, followed by another afternoon of music before shuttle buses return to Taipei and Taichung.

They want to have “every kind of music for every kind of people,” said Tsou, with Black Reign doing dancehall and reggae and DJs Gareth Jones and Matty D and Marcus Aurelius spinning hip-hop and funk. Jones has branched out from electro house and also spins tracks by indie-dance music artists such as Alex Metric, Crookers and Evil Nine and remixes of bands like Passion Pit, MGMT and Phoenix. Matty D blends electro house, indie dance, breaks and big-ass bass, and wants to “bring something fresh to let your inhibitions float away” this weekend.

PARTY NOTES:

WHAT: Sun Moon Lake Splash

WHEN: From noon tomorrow to 6pm Sunday

WHERE: Sun Moon Lake Waterpark (日月潭水上休閒中心)

GETTING THERE: From Taipei a private shuttle bus departs tomorrow at 8am from the front of Sogo’s Fuxing branch and departs Sun Moon Lake at 6pm Sunday, arriving in Taipei at around 10:30pm. From Taichung a private shuttle bus leaves the Aloha Bus company’s (阿囉哈客運) Chaoma stop (朝馬站) at 10am and departs Sun Moon Lake at 6pm Sunday, arriving in Taichung at around 9pm

ADMISSION: NT$500 per day for admission to the party and shuttle boat to the water bungalow; NT$2,200 to NT$2,500 for a package deal that includes shuttle service to and from Taipei or Taichung, admission to the party, shuttle boat to the water bungalow and bed and breakfast

DETAILS: To purchase tickets and for questions about transportation call Patricia Tsou (鄒佩菁) at 0981-012-939, Miranda Liu (劉玉鍶) at 0925-999-084 or Carol Liao (廖玉婷) at 0986-285-385, or send an e-mail to the.panda.fun@gmail.com. Additional shuttle services can be arranged


Food will also be fresh, catered by Chou Wen-lin (周玟琳), best known for her barbecuing skills at the Spring Breeze pool parties in 2006. A few vegetarian choices will be available. Drinks include Taiwan Beer (NT$50), Heineken (two for NT$150) and cocktails (NT$100).

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