Taitung Hot Air Balloon Festival attracts 1.23 million visitors

The Taiwan International Hot Air Balloon Festival wrapped up Monday evening, having attracted 1.23 million visitors since its opening on July 2, the Taitung County Tourism Department said yesterday.

The festival was held in the county’s Luye Highland.

It featured 20 foreign hot air balloons that appeared in Taiwan for the first time, including two in the shape of Japanese mascots Yakultman and Kumanon, and one American in the shape of Elvis Presley, the event organizer said.

Photo: Chen Hsien-yi, Taipei Times

The festival also featured nearly a dozen Taiwan balloons, such as the Tourism Bureau’s mascot, OhBear, and the Taipei City Government’s mascot, Bravo Bear.

Taitung County Commissioner Yao Ching-ling (饒慶鈴) said the annual festival, which is in its 12th year, features drone light shows for the first time.

Separately, an international skydiving event started yesterday in Luye Highland and will continue until Wednesday next week, the county government of Taitung said.

The event will include jumps from 10 professional skydivers from Taiwan, Russia and Ukraine, he said.

Three jumps would be made each day – morning, noon and afternoon – the county said.

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