Lantern Festival in Huwei to feature various themes, performances

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Lantern Festival in Huwei to feature various themes, performances

Taipei, Feb. 7 (CNA) The main venue of the 2017 Taiwan Lantern Festival in Yunlin County's Huwei Township will feature various themes, performances and handicrafts when it kicks off Feb. 11, the organizers said Tuesday.

The county will display 3,000 lanterns in two areas, the main venue in Huwei and the supporting venue in Beigang, covering more than 50 hectares -- the largest number of lanterns and the biggest display area ever.

Lanterns will be displayed at six themed sites -- sustainable LOHA lifestyle, my hometown, a history of puppet shows, 100-meter puppet show platforms, religious prayers and local handicrafts.

According to the show organizers, the Huwei venue will also feature a lantern pavilion dedicated to showcasing Vietnamese, Thai, Cambodian, Indonesian and Philippine cultures.

A display of traditional floating water lanterns from Southeast Asia will be particularly appealing to local visitors and will enable them to appreciate the cultural significance behind them, they said.

The many attraction will be a 23-meter giant phoenix lantern designed by a renowned local artist.

The lantern displays will be open to the public from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

The organizers said 25,000 car parking spaces and 6,900 scooter spots have been set up to make it easier for visitors to reach the Huwei venue.

The main area will be in Huwei's Yunlin Agriculture Expo Park, where there will be a trial run on Feb. 8, lasting until Feb. 10, before the official Feb. 11 launch.

(By Yeh Tzu-kang and Ko Lin)

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