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Taiwan International Balloon Festival 2019
June 29 - August 12
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.
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.
More than 4.6 million visitors have now 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.
Night glow concert dates 2019:
29/6 at 19:00, Taitung Luye Highland
06/7 at 04:00, Sanxiantai, Chenggong Township (Sunrise Night glow Concert)
13/7 at 19:00, Green Island
20/7 at 19:00, Dapo Lake, Chishang
27/7 at 04:00, Taimali Dawn Park
03/8 at 19:00, Zhiben Hot Spring Area, Beinan Township
10/8 at 04:00, Dawu Coast Park
12/8 at 19:00, Luye Highland, Luye Township (Closing Ceremony)
Because of possible changing weather conditions, please double-check the above times with the organisers closer to the date.
Tethered balloon ride times:
Morning Session: 05:30-07:00 AM | Selling tickets at 05:00 AM
Afternoon Session: 05:00-07:00 PM | Selling tickets at 04:00 PM (On 30 June there will only be an afternoon session).
When is the Taiwan International Balloon Festival
The next edition is scheduled for 29 June to 12 August, 2019.
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For more information on the Taiwan International Balloon Festival
Visit the official website: http://balloontaiwan.taitung.gov.tw/en