The Kaohsiung Lantern Festival, a large-scale festive celebration hosted by the Kaohsiung City Government, will run once again during Lunar New Year as usual. The first Lantern Festival, at Kaohsiung Cultural Center in 2001, and unprecedented outside of Taipei city, launched this annual tradition along the Love River. Now, the Kaohsiung Lantern Festival, along with the Taiwan and Taipei Lantern Festivals, are ranked as the top three in Taiwan.

The Kaohsiung Lantern Festival is known around the world and has joyfully attracted tourists from home and abroad every year to visit Kaohsiung during Chinese New Year. With “International Festival Expo” as the concept, the 2018 Kaohsiung Lantern Festival will integrate and portray global fairy tales having a “Dog” theme, to celebrate the upcoming Year of the Dog. Multi-faceted exhibitions will feature Kaohsiung’s unique waterfront and harbor landscapes to reveal rich cultural and artistic spectaculars with flair and enthusiasm in a local and exquisite waterfront lantern festival.

The 2018 Kaohsiung Lantern Festival spans two weeks, from February 8th (January 3rd of the Lunar Calendar) to March 3rd (January 16th of Lunar Calendar), along the Love River and adjacent areas from Kaohsiung Bridge to Cisian Bridge. The Festival brings both shores of the Love River alight with traditional textile-crafted and artfully creative lanterns. And don’t miss the unique Magic and Light laser show along the waterfront at the Water Theatre. The Festival’s highlight, a grand “Thousands of People Holding Lanterns, Parade of Light”, takes place on March 2nd (January 15th of the Lunar Calendar), inviting more than 50 teams and floats from home and abroad to join in the performance. Themes include foreign cultures, drama, and dancing, offering a spectacular climax of lanterns on parade.

Apart from Kaohsiung Lantern Festival, there are other Blessing Lantern Festivals respectively at Fo Guang Shan, Cishan and Guanshan, jointly known as the “Three Shans Festivals”, displaying locally unique features of each region. Your visit to our Kaohsiung Lantern Festival at Love River is warmly welcome. Please join us in these joyful and cheerful festivities during the Chinese Lunar New Year!

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