In my 12th post for the Blogging A to Z Challenge, I did a photo essay on the Taiwan Lantern Festival in Taichung, Taiwan.
L is for Lantern
Taiwan Lantern Festival in Taichung
We first heard about the Taiwan Lantern Festival the night we touched down at Taoyuan Airport. Our first homestay host, Rachel, came to pick us up from the airport. It was raining, and a cold piercing wind was blowing steadily. On the way to her apartment, she told us that we should not miss the Taiwan Lantern Festival in Taichung, at the Taichung HSR station. It was still cold in northern Taiwan, although spring was here, so the Taiwanese liked to visit the warmer central and southern regions. Taichung was located in the central region. She said the lantern festival only happened for a short time, so we should hurry and not miss it. The Taiwan Lantern Festival is an annual national event held in a different province every year.
We bought HSR (high-speed rail) tickets to Taichung shortly after we arrived in Taipei. The train ride was about an hour, smooth and efficient. We reached in the afternoon, but to our consternation none of the stalls were open. The exhibition grounds in front of the Taichung HSR station were almost deserted. We had to wait till 6pm, when the sun went down.
2015 was the year of the sheep/goat/ram (please pick your preferred option. LOL), so they figured prominently in the lantern festival. There was even an enclosure with a bunch of live sheep in it. My friend and I petted one for good luck. 😉
Travelling from Taipei to Taichung on the HSR took 1 hour, and cost over NTW700. Then, we took the regular TRA train back to Taipei, which took us 3 hours, but cost only half the price. We reached Taipei around 11pm.