Pingxi sky lantern festival a must see event: Fodor’s


TAIPEI–The annual sky lantern festival in northern Taiwan’s Pingxi District was named by the world’s largest publisher of travel guides as one of the world’s 14 festivals a person must attend in their lifetime.

More than 100,000 lanterns are launched into the night sky at the celebrations during the Lunar New Year, Fodor’s Travel wrote last month on its website, adding that festival activities also include food, colorful fireworks, and sparklers.

Each year, the sky lantern festival attracts tens of thousands of visitors to Pingxi, the only place in Taiwan where the release of sky lanterns is permitted.

First held in 1999, the festival was also named one of the “52 things to do in 2013” by CNN Travel in an article published in January.

Fodor’s picks also include the Dia de los Muertos in Mexico, the Oktoberfest in Germany and the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in the United States.