The US-based Travel Channel selected the annual Taiwan International Balloon Festival in Taitung County’s Luye Township (鹿野) as one of the world’s top 12 such events, county Tourism Bureau Director Chiang Hui-ching (江慧卿) said on Monday.
Since the first Taiwan International Balloon Festival in 2011, the county has avoided focusing on short-term results or cliched fireworks displays, and instead seeks to facilitate the growth of local businesses, Chiang said.
The county government is happy to see that Travel Channel has named the festival one of the “12 Amazing Hot Air Balloon Festivals Around the World,” she said.
Photo: Huang Ming-tang, Taipei Times
Others cited by CNN are the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in New Mexico and the Saga International Balloon Fiesta in Japan, which is also Asia’s largest, she added.
Last year, the Taitung event had an unprecedented number of creatively designed balloons from around the world, including a pink pig balloon from the US and a green parrot balloon, she said.
The festival’s six music and light sculpture attractions, which each had different themes, were the major reason the Travel Channel included it on the list, she said.
Events in the county are rising in international profile because of their innovation and strong connection to local culture, she said.
“The Taitung hot-air balloon festival’s local distinctiveness is why tourists should visit the county,” she said.
This year’s event is to be held from June 30 to Aug. 6 in conjunction with the Music Festival on the Lawn, she said, adding that balloon rides and the county’s cuisine, with an emphasis on local produce, are to be featured.
DELUSIONAL: The male patient said he did not know that the woman had mental problems, but the court said that her being restrained in isolation should have given him pause The Taiwan High Court has ordered the Jhudong branch of the Taiwan National University Hospital and a male patient to jointly pay a former female patient’s family NT$400,000 in compensation after the man had sex with the woman, who has mental problems, while hospitalized. The 26-year-old woman has been diagnosed with a mental disorder, a symptom of which is that she obsessively seeks to have sex, her mother said. The mother filed a formal complaint and sought damages from the hospital and the male patient surnamed Chen (陳) after finding out that her daughter had sex with the man while
The Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) should not use the government’s disease-prevention policy as an excuse to block people’s access to the Taipei Railway Station’s main hall, the Taiwan International Workers’ Association said yesterday. The association held a protest at the station after what organizers said were about 400 people staged a sit-in on Saturday to demonstrate against the TRA’s proposal to ban sitting on the floor of the main hall. In accordance with the Central Epidemic Command Center’s disease-prevention measures, large gatherings have been banned in the hall since the end of February. After protesters yesterday expressed their grievances at the southern
SEEKING OPTIONS: A Sinyi Realty corporate realty official attributed the spike to proposed legal changes in the territory and the ongoing pro-democracy protests More Hong Kongers purchased real estate in Taiwan last year than other foreigners, Ministry of the Interior statistics showed. The ministry attributed the spike to a proposed extradition law that the Hong Kong government submitted last year, which would have allowed suspects to be sent to China and other nations, which sparked mass protests that are continuing. The rate of purchases last year by Hong Kong natural and juridical persons stood at 40 and 60 percent respectively, with building area purchased by both standing at 47.41 percent and 52.59 percent respectively, ministry data showed. Department of Land Administration statistics showed that Hong Kongers
NEW RECRUITS: Nearly 9 million students are to graduate from university next month, and Beijing plans to use incentives to convince them to join the military, an analyst said Rising unemployment in China due to the COVID-19 pandemic could benefit the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) by allowing it to attract new, better educated recruits, a Taiwanese security researcher said on Friday. Chen Ying-hsuan (陳穎萱), a policy analyst at the Division of Chinese Politics and Military Affairs at the Institute for National Defense and Security Research, a government-funded think tank, made the remarks in an article published in the Defense Security Biweekly magazine. About 8.74 million university students are expected to graduate in China next month, while Chinese companies’ demand for fresh graduates fell 16.77 percent annually in the