Posts with tag: "Taiwan"
The Bombing of Master Han Dan!
Friday, March 07, 2014
The Bombing of Master Han Dan!

After our captivating lantern festival experience in Pinxi, we thought our Taiwanese celebrations were over but a week later in Taitung, we randomly stumbled upon one of the weirdest festivals I have ever seen called “The bombing of master Han Dan”.The Chinese lunar calendar new year is the most important event in Taiwan and can be celebrated slightly different in each region. The holiday last starts on the last day of a lunar calendar year and goes on for 15 days. On the 15th day, different regions have their own special way of celebrating this occasion. In many places in the north, such as Pinxi and Zhongxin honour the special day by releasing thousands of beautiful lanterns ...

Fire in the sky - The Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival
Monday, February 10, 2014
The Bombing of Master Han Dan!

Nestled in a lush cozy valley south east of Taipei, Pingxi a once forgotten coal mining town, is literally glowing with life. The thousands of rejoicing visitors are all here to be one of the lucky witnesses of what has become one of the most attractive celebrations in Taiwan. We were lucky enough to get a free lantern for one of the group releases at 7:00pm. The lanterns this year were being released in smaller groups because of a fire hazard from previous years. 10 waves of 200 lanterns each is still going to be impressive considering I have never even seen a sky lantern before.We pulled ourselves out of bed early this cold and damp morning to catch a metro and bus into Pingxi. AG was ...