Annual Festive Events in Taipei
The cultural kaleidoscope of Taiwan's capital city Taipei pulses wherever you go. Incense-veiled temples dating back to dynastic times blend seamlessly with a neoned street life of a more modern era to present a landscape of compelling contrasts.
Whether you're just stopping over en route to another Asian destination, or planning a longer stay, Taipei is a many-faceted treasure that will call you back again and again.
Taipei Hot Spring Season
Sponsored by the Taipei Hot Spring Association, the annual Taipei Hot Spring Season turns the spotlight on the many hot spring possibilities awaiting visitors to Taipei. The 2010 event will continue many of the activities from past years, including a hot spring travel exhibition, health expo, cultural tours, health workshops, and a Nakashi music contest.
There will also be a number of new additions, including health tourism services, an Asia-Pacific international hot spring symposium and exhibition, and the Old Beitou Hot Springs Food Festival. Fee Hot Spring Tourism brochures will also be available at MRT stations, visitor information centers, and the Beitou Hot Spring Museum to help you make the most of the event.
Yangmingshan Flower Festival
Catch Taipei's brilliant blooms this spring during the Yangmingshan Flower Festival. Displays will be arranged at Yangming Park near the Flower Clock, fountain, theme park, azalea and camellia garden, cherry and peach blossom areas, waterfall area, and Statue of Wang Yang-ming. The pink blossoms of the Taiwan cherry and a rainbow of azalea blooms also await along with the tender green leaves of early blooming Taiwan cherry and Formosan sweet gum trees.
Location: Yangmingshan, Taipei
The peak calla lily season in Taipei occurs during the months of March and May, when spring is still shaking off the winter chill. At this time, the flower farms at the Zhuzihu area of Yangmingshan turn into a sea of brilliant white blooms, all available for self-pick fun. Visitors can take a guided eco-tour at Zhuzihu on weekends between 10:30 am and 2:00 pm. The free walking tours are led by professional guides that will introduce you to all of the area's charms. Concerts are also held here during the calla lily season, adding a musical note to this floral escape.
Location: Yangmingshan Zhuzihu, Taipei
Taipei Lantern Festival
The Lantern Festival is one of the centerpiece events on the holiday calendar in Taiwan, and Taipei is one of the best places on the island to enjoy the fun. The city government organizes the annual Taipei Lantern Festival with a different theme animal each year to continue Chinese folk traditions and bring the festival to the international stage.
In celebration of the Year of the Ox, the 2009 Taipei Lantern Festival will join high-tech wizardry and traditional arts with a bovine theme. In addition to the main theme lantern area, there will be a Deaflympics Lantern Area, Traditional Lantern Area, Blessing Lantern Area, City Art Gallery Lantern Area, International Lantern Area, Student Lantern Area and Lantern Avenue.
Location: Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall; Taipei City Hall; various exhibition zones between Civic Plaza and Renai Traffic Circle
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