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Dragon Boat Festival Taiwan

The Dragon Boat Festival is a major festival celebrated in Taiwan. Once a year, many dragon boat competitions take place around Taiwan cities.

It is celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month. This year, the national holiday falls on Monday 6th June 2011. Chinese New Year and the Moon Festival are the other most celebrated festivals in Taiwan.

Some of the traditions celebrated in Taiwan are dragon boat racing, eating glutinous rice dumplings (Zongzi)and getting together with friends and family. Today, dragon boat races are held in various Taiwan cities such as Hsinchu, Tainan, Taipei, and Yilan, etc.

More information is below on where you can see the races this year.

Eastern Taiwan

2011 Yilan Dragon Boat Championship

Date: 5th – 6th June 2011

Where: Dongshan River Water Park, in between Hoshimen Bridge and Chiho Bridge, Yicheng Bridge of Dongshan Town

Northern Taiwan

2011 Keelung Dragon Boat Festival

Date: 5th – 6th June 2011

Where: Zhenbing Port

2011 Taipei Dragon Boat Festival

Date: 4th – 6th June 2011

Where: Taipei City Dajia Port (500m-long course)

2011 Taoyuan Dragon Boat Race

Date: 4th – 6th June 2011

Where: Longtan Pond, Taoyuan, Taiwan

2011 Hsinchu County Dragon Boat Race

Date: 6th June 2011

Where: Chiho Lake in Xinfong Town, Hsinchu, Taiwan

2011 Hsinchu City Dragon Boat Race

Date: 5th – 6th June 2011

Where: No. 214, Nanliao Street, Hsinchu City, Taiwan

2011 Miaoli Dragon Boat Race

Date: 6th June 2011

Where: Zhunan Town, Miaoli, Taiwan

Central Taiwan

2011 Lukang Dragon Boat Festival

Date: 3rd – 6th June 2011

Where: Lukang Ji An Canal, Lukang, Taiwan

Southern Taiwan

2011 Chiayi Dragon Boat Festival

Date: 6th June 2011

Where: Dongshih Port, Chiayi, Taiwan

2011 Tainan City Dragon Boat Race Championship

Date: 2nd – 6th June 2011

Where: Tainan City Canal (between Anyi Bridge and Chengtian Bridge), Tainan, Taiwan

2011 Kaohsiung International Dragon Boat Race

Date: 3rd – 6th June 2011

Where: Love River (between Zhongzhen Bridge and Kaohsiung Bridge), Kaohsiung, Taiwan

2011 Pingtung Dragon Boat Race

Date: 5th – 6th June 2011

Where: Dongang River (between Donggang Bridge and Jingde Bridge), Pingtung, Taiwan

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COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2011 starts on May 31

COMPUTEX TAIPEI is the second largest information and communications technology (ICT) trade show in the world, next to CeBIT in Germany. The event will be held at the Taipei World Trade Centre (TWTC) in Taipei.

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The show will kick off on May 31 and finish on June 4. Over 120,000 visitors, including 40,000 overseas visitors are estimated to visit COMPUTEX TAIPEI this year.

The show will act as a procurement platform for foreign and local buyers of technology products such as e-books, PCs, tablet PCs, smart phones and 3D technologies.

Leading international companies, such as Intel, Microsoft, will be present to show case their latest knowledge and technology. In order to aid networking opportunities, COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2011 will organise many one to one meetings for VIP buyers and exhibitors.

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What’s on this week in Taiwan?

What’s on this week?

The Taiwan International Orchid Show 2011 (TIOS) takes place in Tainan at the Taiwan Orchid Plantation (T.O.P.). The show will display rare kinds of beautiful flowers and plants. The event is expecting over 300,000 visitors.

Taipei is the seventh city to host this event where avid gardeners, horticulturists and tourists will be attending the show. An adult ticket costs NT$300.

A large music festival in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The Ten Drum Percussion Group & Tso’s Dance Association is playing on March 11th – 12th.

While in  Kaohsiung, visit the night markets, Liouhe Night Market is especially popular with tourists, walk around Sizihwan Beach and check out Kaohsiung’s nightlife.

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Other Events this March 2011:

An impressive event to display how bike products will set the future. Over 30,000 visitors and over 3,000 exhibitors will attend.

Megaport Music Festival

The Megaport Music Festival takes place once a year and many different rock artists perform.

The British band 65daysofstatic played at The Wall,  Pier-2 Art District in Kaohsiung on the weekend (March 5th – 6th) and will now play in Taipei tomorrow (March 8th). Next stop will be Singapore on the 13th March at the Esplanade Concert Hall (Mosaic Festival) in Singapore.

65daysofstatic are from Sheffield in England. Their first album “The Fall of Math” came out in 2004 which was a mixture of progressive rock and electronica.

Megaport Music Festival will be in Taipei

Band: 65daysofstatic

Date: Tuesday 8th March 2011

Where: The Wall, B1, 200, Roosevelt Rd Sec 4, Taipei City, Taiwan

Tickets: NT$1,400 at the door, NT$1,200 in advance. Tickets can be bought at 7-11 ibon

Useful Information

Megaport Music Festival Blogspot (only in Chinese)

Official Website: 65daysofstatic

Email: (for English info),

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The Marathon is coming to Kaohsiung for a 2nd time

The 2011 Kaohsiung International Marathon Mizuno Cup

The Marathon is coming to Kaohsiung for the second time!

When: Sunday 20th February, 6:30 am

Where: National Stadium, Kaohsiung Metro: World Games Station on the Red Line (R17)

The 2011 Kaohsiung Marathon will take place at the National Stadium (where the World Games 2009 also took place).

The event this year will feature the Full Marathon (42.195 km), Half Marathon (23.1996 km), a 10.1338 km run, a Fun Run (3.58 km) and a Roller Skating Marathon (23.1996 km).

2010 Kaohsiung Marathon

The 2010 Kaohsiung Marathon attracted 20,000 people. It was the biggest marathon in 15 years and people from all over the world took part.

How to get to the National Stadium:

Metro / Underground

  • Take the Red Line to the “World Games” Station (R17)


  • Zuoying Train Station

Places to Stay in Kaohsiung

If your staying in Kaohsiung to watch or participate in the marathon, then there are some great hotels in and around Kaohsiung City. Check Promotions

Find out more details about The 2011 Kaohsiung International Marathon

Taipei Int’l Flora Expo is Expecting 6 Million Visitors

The Taipei International Flora Exposition presents a great opportunity to promote Taiwan. The event formally opened on 6th  November 2010 and stays open until 4th April 2011.

This is the first international event if its kind to be held in Taiwan. The Taipei Flora Expo will show Taiwan’s strengths in the horticulture industry and environmental technologies. The Taiwan Government hopes that the expo will inspire home owners and communities to adopt more “green” lifestyle habits. The event will not only attract gardeners and horticulturists but also a large number of foreign tourists. They expect about six millions visitors over the next coming months.

Kaohsiung, Taiwan held the World Games in 2009 and was very successful, the Flora Expo in Taipei, Taiwan is also expected to be an outstanding event.

Dates: 6th November 2010 until 25th April 2011

Opening Hours: Everyday 09:00 am – 10:00 pm


1. Dajia Riverside Park

2. Taipei Artist Park

3. Yuanshan Park

4. Xinsheng Park

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Kaohsiung Film Festival 2010 Starts Tomorrow

The Kaohsiung Film Festival 2010 starts tomorrow

The Kaohsiung Film Festival 2010 starts tomorrow with a wide variety of films and languages.

The first English language film to show is “Sounds Like A Revolution”. It’s a Canadian / American film about the journey of Michael Franti, Fat Mike, Paris, and Anti-Flag who started their careers when corporate consolidation in the music industry began to make it virtually impossible for political artists to be heard in the mainstream. But these four artists became pioneers, setting an example for many to follow as they were forced to invent new and unique ways to sidestep and breakthrough every attempt to censor them.

Sounds Like A Revolution

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Sounds Like A Revolution

“Full of concert and political action footage, the doc has terrific energy. But it’s the interviews with the articulate musicians that are most inspiring.” NOW Magazine

Film Schedule

The film is currently showing at the following dates and times at the Kaohsiung Film Archives:

Friday 22nd October  2010 : 18:10

Sunday 24th October 2010: 18:30

Tuesday 02 November 2010: 18:40

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Steel & Iron Sculpture Festival Starts Today

The Kaohsiung Steel and Iron Sculpture Festival starts today and runs until the 28th of November. It’s going to be held down at the Pier 2 Art district. The event will be a display of artistic steel and iron designs and creations. Metal sculptures and artists will be attending from all over the world, as well as Kaohsiung’s local artists.

The event is FREE and is set in a great area with lots of other art work to see, places to eat, and places to drink.

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Venue: Pier-2 Art District

Dates: Friday 15th October until Sunday 28th November 2010

Host Organisation: Bureau of Cultural Affairs, Kaohsiung City Government.

Hayley Westenra Concert

Hayley Westenra, the famous classically trained soprano from New Zealand is playing two exclusive concerts in Taiwan. The first will be in Kaohsiung at the Kaohsiung Arena, and the second will be in Taipei at the National Concert Hall.

Hayley released her first album at 16 which went into the top 10 in 11 countries. She has since gone on to sell more than 4 million albums worldwide.

For full details of dates and where to buy tickets, click here (You can also listen to a sample of her music)

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