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Taiwan International Balloon Festival 2024

6 July - 19 August

The Taiwan International Balloon Festival is held in Taitung on the island’s southeastern coast.

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Not quite yet reaching the 99 Luftballons of Nena’s 1980s hit, some 40 participating balloons will be taking off during the Taiwan International Balloon Festival in Taitung on the island’s southeastern coast.

Balloons of all shapes, sizes and designs will grace the skies in a colourful fiesta for everyone to enjoy. Lasting 45 days – a week more than during previous editions – the festival will also boast the longest hot air balloon activity in the world.

What to Expect?

If you have never taken to the skies in open-air, tethered balloon flights will give you the opportunity to admire the magnificent Luye Highland from high above. Balloons from all over the world will take part, including novelty balloons resembling characters from popular animation series as well as animal figures – in this Chinese Year of the Pig expect some porcine-themed balloons – and even a steam engine or a Christ the Redeemer figure. But even if you prefer to stay with both feet anchored to the ground, you’ll be kept busy with lots of other activities including eight night glow music concerts, virtual reality experiences, dancing water shows, markets and of course Taiwanese cuisine.

Can’t make it to the Balloon Festival, then why not try Taiwan’s Wang Yeh Boat Burning Festival instead.

In case you plan to tie the knot, wedding photography activities will ensure you’ll always remember your special day.

Around 5 million visitors have attended the Taiwan International Balloon Festival since its inception in 2011, while last year’s edition was named by Travel Channel as one of the Top 12 Stunning Hot Air Balloon Festivals in the world.

When is the Taiwan International Balloon Festival 2024? 

The next edition is scheduled for 6 July to 19 August. There will be a balloon display as well as tethered balloon rides will from 5:30am and 7am as well as 5pm and 6.30pm. Night Glows will be at 4am and 7pm.

For more information on the International Balloon Festival Taiwan

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6 July
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