To the balloons! 2019 Taiwan International Balloon Festival here I come! Every summer tourists all over the world come to Luye Highland in Taitung for the balloons, the scenery, and the food. I am of no exception, of course. No matter how many times I’ve seen the magnificent balloons, I still cannot help but stare in awe.
Travel Channel ranked Taiwan International Balloon Festival the 12th Most Stunning Balloon Festivals in the world. The festival has attracted nearly 6 million tourists every year for the last nine years. Now let me tell you something about this year’s balloon party!
MEET TAIWAN & TAIWAN EXCELLENCE
Simply put, the festival is a 45- days balloon event at Luye highland. What I would like to do is to take a peek at the festival from a different perspective, starting with the MEET TAIWAN booth and hot air balloons.
Commissioned by Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT) under the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) hosts the Taiwan’s MICE (Meetings, incentives, conferencing, exhibitions) Promotion Program (MEET TAIWAN) to improve and promote Taiwan’s MICE services. Through quality service and high efficiency, MEET TAIWAN aims to turn Taiwan into a worthy global competitor in MICE. TAIWAN EXCELLENCE is also a program commissioned by BOFT to promote innovative Taiwan brands. To this end, TAITRA undergoes a series of selection process based on research and development, design, quality, marketing and the manufacturing process in Taiwan.
BOFT and the local governments work together to build a carnival of extremely high caliber. Tourists get to take part in fun hot air balloon games that are informational as well! The MEET TAIWAN and TAIWAN EXCELLENCE hot air balloons in the sky really put Taiwan on the world map!
Complete A Task, Win A Gift and Make Your Day!
Are you ready for the challenges presented by the MEET TAIWAN and TAIWAN EXCELLENCE booths? Come and paint your very own balloon, try your luck at the pinball machine and spell the magic world with mega size Jenga! You would be surprise at what you can learn through all these exciting activities.
Painted balloons DIY
MEET TAIWAN ON THE ROLL
This is a great pinball game for visitors who wish to try their luck! Answer questions and get pinballs for the game. If your pinball falls into the compartment with MEET TAIWAN LOGO on it, you will then win a special surprise!
MEET TAIWAN Jenga
Children’s Wonderland houses 40 international cartoon celebrity balloons including Sponge Bob, The Smurfs, Peg Leg Pete, and the Little Bees–Lily, Joey, Joelly. Games and food vendors like the MEET TAIWAN tasks, pink carousel, trampoline, and delicious snacks are great fun for adult and children alike!
For those who are interested, mornings are a better time to visit the ground. It is less crowded, and the traffic is lighter. The weather is also more suitable for balloon rides as well. Due to the heavy crowd, there will be strict traffic controls ever Saturday afternoon, Sunday morning, Sunday afternoon, and also during the opening ceremony and the closing ceremony. Be sure not to get caught in traffic! For more information, you can visit: http://balloontaiwan.taitung.gov.tw/zh-tw
Dreamy Hot Air Balloon
Now let me show you some pictures taken at Taiwan International Balloon Festival. To this day, riding hot air balloons is still an unbelievably romantic experience that gives me goosebumps. The moment I settle into the basket and take off into the clear sky, all I think of is the breath-taking scenery in front of me. Nothing else really matters anymore.
Coming to Taitung for Taiwan International Balloon Festival and learn more about Taiwan’s unique landscape and interesting people through games and activities is great fun. This is something you should put on your bucket list. Seeing hot air balloons filling up the sky at Luye highland is definitely a life-changing experience.
For more information, please visit:
Taiwan International Balloon Festival official website👉http://balloontaiwan.taitung.gov.tw/zh-tw
MEET TAIWAN official website 👉 https://www.meettaiwan.com/zh_TW/index.html
MEET TAIWAN Facebook page👉https://www.facebook.com/meettaiwan/