With Taiwan’s National Day fast approaching on Oct. 10, new migrants and locals alike are looking for places to celebrate the long weekend.
Though the pandemic has put a damper on most big events, Kaohsiung is taking the plunge this year as it will host the National Day Fireworks Show for the first time since 2000.
The event will be its biggest yet, with seven boats placed around the Inner Harbor of Kaohsiung Port and more than one hundred fireworks launched.
As COVID restrictions are still in place, however, the organizer will limit the number of attendees to 20,000 participants. If you wish to witness the fireworks show, you need to apply for a ticket between Oct. 1 and Oct. 4, and the results of whether or not you have successfully acquired the ticket will be announced on Oct. 5 through a lottery draw.
Here’s how you can apply for a ticket
First, you’ll need to join Kaohsiung City Government’s official LINE account and click on the “National Day Fireworks Show Registration Platform” which will be available from 9 a.m. on Oct. 1 to 6 p.m. on Oct. 4.
The system is not “first come first serve” so you needn’t worry about trying to be the first to fill out the registration form.
Afterward, a lottery draw will be conducted and the results will be announced at 3 p.m. on Oct. 5 via a text message and on LINE.
The lucky winners will be required to download their digital tickets before 11 p.m. on Oct. 9.
On the day of the event, you will need to bring your National ID card and show it at a designated confirmation center to enter the venue.
Additionally, you can also apply for a “plus one” when you fill out the form, but you will need to know who you intend to bring along beforehand to be able to fill in their personal information and complete both your and theirs health declaration form.
The Kaohsiung City Government also added that those who aren’t fortunate enough to nab a ticket can still view the show from afar at locations including Qijin (旗津), Shoushan (壽山) and Sizihwan (西子灣).