Lonely Planet Writer

Taiwan's sky lantern festival ready to open in Pingxi

The annual Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival is set to get underway in Taiwan this week.

Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival.
Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival. Image by Jirka Matousek / CC BY 2.0

The festival sees hundreds of floating lanterns lit and released into the sky, alongside stationary lantern displays and musical performances. The festival is held in the village of Pingxi, in New Taipei City, and rates among Taiwan’s most popular festivals on the annual calendar. In 2016, the festival will be held on 11, 14 and 22 February, with the latter date being the official Lantern Festival day.

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