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HKETCO participates at 2016 Taiwan Lantern Festival in Taoyuan (21 February 2016)

On 21 February to 6 March, the Hong Kong Economic, Trade and Cultural Office (HKETCO) participated for the third time in the Taiwan Lantern Festival, the largest of its kind in Taiwan. This year’s Taiwan Lantern Festival was held in Taoyuan City. The Hong Kong lantern area there carried the theme of "Trendy. Splendid. Hong Kong Welcomes You". It featured at its entrance a 6m-tall flying dragon, leading the visitors to appreciate the trendiest sides and the rich and diverse characteristics of Hong Kong.

A lighting ceremony of the Hong Kong lantern area was held on 21 February. The Chairperson of the Hong Kong-Taiwan Economic and Cultural Co-operation and Promotion Council, Mr David Lie; the Director of HKETCO, Mr Rex Chang; the Director (Taiwan) of the Hong Kong Tourism Board, Ms Winnie Shyu; the Chairman of the Hong Kong Business Association in Taiwan, Mr Richard Shen; and the Chairman of the Hong Kong Club of Taipei, Mr Oliver Mok, officiated at the ceremony.

From left: the Chairman of the Hong Kong Business Association in Taiwan, Mr Richard Shen; the Director of HKETCO, Mr Rex Chang; the Chairperson of the Hong Kong-Taiwan Economic and Cultural Co-operation and Promotion Council, Mr David Lie; the Director (Taiwan) of the Hong Kong Tourism Board, Ms Winnie Shyu; and the Chairman of the Hong Kong Club of Taipei, Mr Oliver Mok, officiate at the lighting ceremony of the Hong Kong lantern area of the 2016 Taiwan Lantern Festival.

Officiating guests in a group picture at the Hong Kong lantern area.

Officiating guests distribute a Hong Kong delicacy, bowl pudding, to visitors to give them a real taste of Hong Kong.

The Hong Kong lantern area features a number of colourful large-scale displays which were well-received by members of the public. Twenty-five meters in length, the lantern area showcases Hong Kong's delicacies, the stunning night view of Victoria Harbour, building blocks blending modern high-rises and built heritage, a traditional Chinese sailing boat, public transport and more. The other side of the lantern area revealed the richness of Hong Kong's art and culture, including classic martial arts movies, sturdy trees that resonate with the city's literature and music notes that signify the city's Chinese and Western music culture.

During the lantern festival, the HKETCO distributes "Art & Culture@Hong Kong" for free to promote Hong Kong’s art and cultural characteristics, and carries out activity to promote the Hong Kong Week Facebook page.

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