Sun, Aug 09, 2009 - Page 2 News List

Fireworks festival to recreate legend of Magpie Bridge

By Mo Yan-chih  /  STAFF REPORTER

The annual Dadaocheng Fireworks Festival will open on Aug. 22 at the Dadaocheng Wharf in celebration of the upcoming Chinese Valentine’s Day.

The summer fireworks event will feature a recreation on the Zhongxiao Bridge of the “Magpie Bridge” of Chinese folk legend. According to the legend, the bridge was built by magpies so that a daughter of the Goddess of Heaven could cross the Milky Way to meet her husband on Earth on Chinese Valentine’s Day.

A 30-minute firework show, including a 4-minute fireworks display covering the entire length of the Zhongxiao Bridge and 26 minutes of “theatrical fireworks” featuring coordinated medium-to-high altitude fireworks combined with music, will start at 8:30pm

The festival will also feature a live concert at the riverside venue with popular Taiwanese singers and performers.

Before the main show, the city government is inviting visitors to drop by stalls along the riverside to enjoy food, drinks and more activities from 3pm on.

The organizer said sugar-painting masters will be at the site to teach visitors how to make hand-made candy with interesting designs. Pedestrians can also enjoy cold tea at a roadside cafe playing classic Taiwanese songs.

For people looking to test their skills, a basketball-shooting tournament will give participants a chance to win free drinks.

Taipei City’s Department of Transportation said traffic controls would be in place to prevent congestion around the area.

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