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Angry Birds fly free

Taitung’s third iteration of its hot air balloon fiesta is the biggest ever and will feature a number of firsts for ballooning in this country

By Ian Bartholomew  /  Staff reporter

The presence of so many colorful hot air balloons rising up over the Luye plateau makes for a remarkable sight. Apart from the balloons there will be the usual adjuncts of stalls selling Taitung food specialties and cultural products. Throughout the afternoon, a wide range of family friendly entertainment activities will also be in operation. Concerts featuring local performers will be held every Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoon between 3pm and 4pm and larger scale concerts against a background of lit balloons on June 12, June 28, July 12, July 26 and Aug. 11.

The Luye plateau venue is located just off the 344.5km marker of the Provincial Highway 9 north of Luye train station. Detailed activity schedules, transport information, recommendations of where you can stay, restaurant options and side trips are all available through the festival Web site at balloontaiwan.taitung.gov.tw. (Chinese only.)

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