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Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival

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Lantern festivals represent the celebratory end of the Chinese New Year and have been a part of the culture for more than two thousand years. With a blaze of luminous glory that lasts from the twelfth through the fifteenth day of the New Year, colorful lanterns made from sheepskin, bamboo filaments, rice paper, and silk or satin brighten up the sky across Asia. I chose Taiwan's Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival because it offered such a unique combination of storyline, setting, and visuals.
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Pingxi District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 226
Lantern festivals represent the end of the Chinese New Year and have been part of the culture for more than 2,000 years. With a blaze of luminous glory that lasts from the 12th - 15th day of the New Year, colorful lanterns made of sheepskin,...
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Pingxi District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 226
If you’re logical, you might not make the trek to the Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival. Depending upon where you live, this is a long way to go for just a few hours of visual splendor in the sky. The fact is that the highlight lasts no more than about...
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Taipei, Taiwan
I guess my preconceived notion was that Taiwan was boring, industrious, and just a smaller version of China. Boy, was I wrong as the Portuguese rightfully named this “beautiful island” (Ihla Formosa). I didn’t realize that the Japanese had ruled...