As the Mid-Autumn Festival’s long weekend draws to a close, many are looking forward to the next long weekend — Taiwan’s National Day or Double Tenth Day.
Although many events this year have been affected by the pandemic, the Tourism Bureau of the Kaohsiung City Government has prepared a fun activity to let Taiwanese and new migrants alike know more about Kaohsiung’s beauty.
On Sept. 14-15, the southern city held “test rides” for hot air balloons at Tianliao Moon World Landscape Park and Love River.
According to the Kaohsiung Tourism Bureau, the rides are expected to go live as early as October so visitors from all over Taiwan can experience it for themselves.
Kaohsiung Tourism Bureau Chief Chou Ling-wen (周玲妏) said on the day of the trial run that the test launch was successful.
She expressed hopes that the rides can allow visitors to experience the beauty of Kaohsiung without going abroad, as the rides are reminiscent of Cappadocia in Turkey and the Seine in France.
The Tianliao Moon World Landscape Park is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Kaohsiung. The park recently became the 9th national mudstone badlands geo-park.
It is also one of the most tagged places for travelers from Taiwan and beyond.
The Kaohsiung Tourism Bureau emphasized that the hot air balloon rides will unfold in accordance with regulations issued by the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC, 中央流行疫情指揮中心) in Kaohsiung.
They promised to comply with the strictest of rules to ensure the safety of visitors. They also expressed hope that travelers can enjoy the fun hot air balloon rides and take in the beauty of Moon World Park and Love River all in one glance.