友好城市亮晶晶(en)2019-03-04T10:57:26+00:00

— Twinkling Friendly Cities Area —

At the Lantern Festival, Taipei will be seen by the world, and one can also catch a glimpse of the world in Taipei! The 2019 Taipei Lantern Festival invites cities from abroad to join the celebration and provide a diverse experience to lantern-watching for visitors!

Hu Welcomes Spring, May Happiness Knock on the Door in the Year of the Pig|Shanghai

The word “Hu” is a short alternative name for Shanghai, as well as “Shen”. The mascot of Shanghai Tourism Festival, Le Le, is coming to Taipei again this year to the Lantern Festival to celebrate the New Year with everyone! The main lantern features a large-scale “happy pig” who presents Shanghai’s latest skyline (Shanghai Tower, Shanghai World Financial Center, Jin Mao Tower) and the beautiful Bund with a smile. The artwork combines traditional lantern craftsmanship with innovative technology, showcasing the sophisticated level of Shanghai lantern making.

Aomori|Hirosaki

Located in northern Japan, Hirosaki is known for the best cherry blossoms in Japan at the Hirosaki Park and its number one production in Japanese apples. The Hirosaki Neputa Festival is held every August in the city, and the lantern shown at the Taipei Lantern Festival is a miniature version of the actual Neputa lantern. On the top is a fan shaped painting of warriors, the middle a container with peony patterns, and at the bottom, two letters “Yun” and “Han” which represent Amanogawa, or the river in the sky.

The warrior paintings on the fan are typically stories of characters from the Chinese classic Record of the Three Kingdoms. This year’s Neputa lantern portrays the story of the heroic general Ma Chao in combat.

Ehime|Matsuyama

During the Sengoku period, military general Kato Yoshiaki built a stronghold in western Shikoku in 1602 and named it Matsuyama. Today, the city of Matsuyama is home to one of the top three ancient hot springs, Dogo Onsen, with over 400 years of history. It is also where the famous Nada no Kenka Matsuri is held, a festival in which roughly one hundred people divided into two teams carry and “crash” the sedans into each other to the rhythms of the beating drums.

Berkeley Memorial |Saint Kitts and Nevis

The theme of the lantern is the Berkeley Memorial. In honor of Thomas Berkeley, a former member of the General Legislative Council, the memorial was built in 1883 in Glasgow, Scotland and shipped to the center of the Circus in the capitol Basseterre. The memorial consists of a clock and a fountain and is surrounded by palm trees. It is a great attraction to tourists for photos as well as local residents as a destination. In addition, it is the centerpiece of the Masquerade at the Saint Kitts and Nevis Carnival in December.

Dive into the Great Blue Hole, Discover Belize|Belize

The theme of the lantern is the famous tourist attraction, the Great Blue Hole, which is featured as a back drop to bring out the underwater wildlife world in the foreground. The diver and sail in the center represent the harmony between locals, tourists and nature. Welcome to visit the beautiful island in the Caribbean – Belize, where one can truly relax and enjoy a vacatio

The European Discovery|Taipei European School

The Taipei European School students set European cultures as the theme and built a ship named the European Discovery with various kinds of European landmarks, national flags, and colorful icons. The ship lantern is accompanied by 6 dolphins, representing the oceanic expeditions of European cultures and creating a unique visiting experience.

In addition to making the lantern, the students also made all kinds of European landmarks, national flags and icons out of PVC films to mimic the European stained glass. These European elements are attached to the ship, making the lantern very unique.

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