Need a glowing uplift to start the year? Taipei in Taiwan has just the thing - the annual Lantern Festival and parade.
- When? 2nd March 2018
- Where? Taipei, Taiwan
- Price: Free
How do you get through the dark, dreary, start to the year? Spring seems an eternity away and you see about as much sunlight as a mole hiding in a bunker. Luckily Taipei in Taiwan has the answer; every year the city hosts a magnificent lantern show that fills the dark streets with bright lights and warm glows.
Celebrating the 15th day of Chinese New Year, this colourful, community-friendly fest sees locals and visitors take to the streets as puppet parades and huge luminous lanterns adorn the city. The lights are traditionally meant to ward off disease and evil and many of the lanterns are also designed to represent the different signs of the Chinese zodiac. Lanterns also have their own 'theme music', which play alongside them as they float majestically through the bustling streets.
So if 2018 is beginning to feel a bit like one long mid-winter Monday morning, get yourself to Taipei for the annual Lantern Festival. You'll get your glow back in no time at all.
- Get there: Fly into Taipei Songshan Airport (TSA) and use public transport to get around.
- Stay: Find accommodation in the Zhongzheng District where you'll be near a variety of tourist attractions.
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