Good day my dear readers! 😉 How are you? 😀 I miss you!!!! 🙂
Anyway, we’re now on the second day of our Taiwan trip. One of the reasons why we decided to visit Taiwan was to witness their annual Lantern Festival also known as Yuan Xiao Festival which falls on the 15th day of the 1st lunar month (February or March). Since 1990 until 2000, it is being celebrated in Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Taipei City (this place was featured in my previous blog: DAY 1) but from 2001 until the present, it is being hosted by different cities all over Taiwan. When we went there last February 11, 2017, it was hosted by Yunlin County. Next year, it will be held on February 19 in Pingtung County.
From Taipei Main Station, we took Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) going to Yunlin. One-way ticket costs NTD900 (P1,600). Travel time was almost two hours.
Welcome to Yunlin! 🙂
Fortunately, the Lantern Festival was located just few steps away from the Yunlin station. 🙂
Lezz do this, sizzies! 😉
First thing we saw was a food park! HAHAHA They really know us too well! LOL
We tried just few snacks because we honestly didn’t like the smell in the park. I guess it was because of the famous stinky tofu. We were told by Miss Jiayu (a Taiwanese tour guide whom I just met online) that the main event starts around 6 o’clock in the evening so she advised us to go to Beigang first. There were a lot of tourist buses going to and from Beigang so we didn’t hesitate to explore that place too! 🙂 And we didn’t pay even a single cent for the ride! Yeyyyy! 😀
We thought we would get there in 10 minutes, gosh, more than 30 minutes pala! HAHAHA Sleeping time again! -_-
We were welcomed by firecrackers and a short parade in Beigang and we were really amazed how the locals immediately cleaned the area after the event.
This is Chao Tian Temple which is more than three hundred years old and it was dedicated to the Chinese sea-goddess Mazu.
After exploring this temple, it’s now time to explore Beigang Old Street especially their food! 😉
That lady at the center is Miss Jiayu, she’s the one I mentioned earlier whom I met online before we went to Taiwan and the lady on her left is her bestfriend. They’re both very nice!!! They are volunteer tour guides in Yunlin and they accompanied us while we explore Beigang.
This is my favorite food in Taiwan!!! I regret not buying more packs of this in Yunlin 😦 We tried looking for this in Taipei but we failed. This is called Lao, a Taiwanese traditional pastry made of taro and rice flour. It is coated with hot mixture of sugar and sesame, puffed rice or nuts.
This is the famous STINKY TOFU and yes, it’s very STINKY!!!! You can actually smell it even if you’re miles away. *exaggeration* LOL We didn’t want to try this but Miss Jiayu really convinced us since they said, it’s so delicious despite its very offensive smell. BUT BUT BUT it’s not delish. 😦 I don’t know. I can’t understand the taste. HAHAHA At least we tried though. LOL
This is Beigang Tourist Bridge that connects Yunlin and Chiayi counties which are separated by the Beigang river.
Xie xie Beigang!
Now it’s time to go back to Yunlin station for the much-awaited Lantern festival! 🙂
2017 Taiwan Lantern Festival is said to be the largest festival in Taiwan for many years. There were more than 3,000 lanterns in a combined area of 50 hectares.
At first we were excited to take a picture of every lantern but upon realizing that there were so many lanterns around us and that the area was very very huge, we decided to take a video instead. HAHAHA You can watch our travel video here or watch the opening ceremony of this festival by clicking this link.
Since this is a big annual festival, expect a verrrry big crowd too! 😀 Check our photo below, the struggle was indeed REAL! HAHAHA
I apologize if I didn’t take a lot of photos of the event. 😦 There were too many lanterns, huge crowd and everyone was in a hurry. We weren’t able to visit the whole place because we didn’t have much time and we have to catch the last trip of HSR to Taipei. But all the lanterns were great! There were fictional characters, Disney characters, anime, different animals and insects, international tourist spots and many more! The kids would surely love it! 🙂 You may check more photos of the lanterns on this page.
Before ending this post, I wanna confess something. HAHAHA This wasn’t actually the kind of lantern festival that we expected. 😦 What we really wanted to witness was the SKY LANTERN FESTIVAL (see photo below). And unfortunately, it happened in Pingxi on the same night that we were in Yunlin. 😦 I thought they would be both celebrated in Yunlin. Nonetheless, we still enjoyed our stay here. And it was a blessing in disguise that we were part of this grandest and historical event in Taiwan because of our false assumption. HAHAHA
That’s all for DAY 2. 🙂 Thanks for reading! :*