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Taipei Hakka Yimin Festival 2018

The 2018 Taipei Hakka Yimin Festival – October 13 – 15, 2018

The Taipei Hakka Yimin Festival is one of the most significant annual events of the Hakka people in Taipei. This year, the festival will take place between October 13th and 15th as a three day event at the Taipei City Hakka Cultural Park.

There are a series of activities and performances to be held at the festival to present the traditional culture of the Hakka. The festival will be paying respects to the Yimin spirit, including the Holy Incense Parade. There will be a carrying-pole parade, a Hakka opera, grand evening shows, worship ceremonies and a Hakka Market.

Taipei Hakka Yimin Festival

Source: Travel Taipei

There with three major themes: celebrations, parades and art events. The festival aims to recreate the Hakka spirit in a simple yet stylish fashion to showcase Hakka values in order to bring a cultural diversity of Taipei to the locals and its international visitors.

The Yimin temples across Taiwan are also expected to join this grand annual event.

Taipei Hakka Yimin Festival 2018

Source: Travel Taipei

Date, Time & Duration

The festival will take place between October 13th and 15th as a three day event.

Admission fee

This event is free to attend.

Location

Taipei City Hakka Culture Park

English Address: The Taipei City Hakka Culture Park, No. 2號, Section 3, Tingzhou Rd, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, 100.

Chinese Address: 臺北市客家文化主題公園, 100台北市中正區汀州路三段2號.

Directions

Taking the MRT:

Take the green line to the Taipower Building MRT Station and leave via Exit 4. Head east down Shida Road until you see the entrance to the Taipei City Hakka Culture Park. The entrance should be on your left.

Taking a bus:

253 – Taipei Jingmei Girls High School.
673 – Zhongzheng Huanhe Rd. Intersection.
253 – Taipei Jingmei Girls High School.
253 – Taipei Jingmei Girls High School (Every 20 min).
673 –  Zhongzheng Huanhe Rd. Intersection (Every 2hrs & 25 mins).
943 – National Taipei University (Taipei Campus) (Every 45 mins).

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Small Vo Tang Market

The Small Vo Tang Market 2018 – October 13 – 14, 2018

As part of the Taipei Hakka Yimin Festival 2018, there will be a small Hakka market which is dedicated at highlighting the Hakka culture and to promote their products as merchandise from Hakka communities all across Taiwan.

Small Vo Tang Market

Source: Travel Taipei

These activities offer visitors to experience the Hakka culture as it showcases the diversity of the industries of Hakka communities. As for the Hakka people living in Taipei, along with all those from other backgrounds, are given a chance to purchase authentic Hakka products in this festival event of cultural exchange.

Small Vo Tang Market

Source: Travel Taipei

Date, Time & Duration

The Hakka market will be open on to trade on October 13th and 14th as it takes place within the Taipei Hakka Yimin Festival.

Admission fee

This event is free to attend.

Location

Taipei City Hakka Culture Park

English Address: The Taipei City Hakka Culture Park, No. 2號, Section 3, Tingzhou Rd, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, 100.

Chinese Address: 臺北市客家文化主題公園, 100台北市中正區汀州路三段2號.

Directions

Taking the MRT:

Take the green line to the Taipower Building MRT Station and leave via Exit 4. Head east down Shida Road until you see the entrance to the Taipei City Hakka Culture Park. The entrance should be on your left.

Taking a bus:

253 – Taipei Jingmei Girls High School.
673 – Zhongzheng Huanhe Rd. Intersection.
253 – Taipei Jingmei Girls High School.
253 – Taipei Jingmei Girls High School (Every 20 min).
673 –  Zhongzheng Huanhe Rd. Intersection (Every 2hrs & 25 mins).
943 – National Taipei University (Taipei Campus) (Every 45 mins).

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Taipei Naruwan Cultural Festival 2018

2018 Taipei Naruwan Cultural Festival – October 1 – 31, 2018

The Taipei Naruwan Cultural Festival will be held in collaboration with various indigenous groups from across northern Taiwan. It will bring together traditional rites, athletic competitions, and cultural and art exhibitions and performances.

The traditional sports competitions will involve archery, wood-sawing, and tug of war, as well as activities setup for kids.

Taipei Naruwan Cultural Festival 2018

Taipei Naruwan Cultural Festival 2018

Source: Travel Taipei

Since it was first staged in 2010, the Taipei Naruwan Cultural Festival has become one of northern Taiwan’s most well-known festivals of indigenous culture. Over the past eight years, it has featured the cultures of the Rukai, Seediq, Puyuma, Amis, Atayal, Paiwan, Taroko, and Bunun tribes.

By letting indigenous peoples living in the city unite their tribal consciousness and conduct cultural exchange to help strengthen their identity, the festival has turned Taipei into a more diverse and friendly capital.

Date, Time & Duration

The Taipei Naruwan Cultural Festival will take place on October 1st until October 31st, 2018.

Admission fee

This cultural event is free to attend.

Location

The Tianmu Sports Park.

English Address: Tianmu Sports Park, 111, Taipei City, Shilin District, Section 2, Zhongcheng Road, 七十七號

Chinese Address: 111台北市士林區忠誠路二段七十七號.

Directions

Take the red line to the Mingde MRT Station. Head northeast on Mingde Road, turn right on Lane 118. Walk up alongside the riverside until you get to the bridge that takes you across to the Langxing Park. Continue along the riverside on the opposite side until you reach Shidong Road on your right. After about 140 meters, turn left onto Section 2, Zhongcheng Road. The Tianmu Sports Park will be on your right.

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Saturday Nights at the Taipei Zoo: Almighty Animal Caretaker

Saturday Nights at The Taipei Zoo: Guide to Extended Hour Activities

The 2018 Saturday Nights at the Taipei Zoo Summer Camp, themed ‘The Almighty Animal Caretaker’ will be scheduled across the Saturday evenings of the summer months.

Saturday Nights at Taipei Zoo Schedule

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Date & Time
July 21
July 28
August 11
August 18
August 25
1700 – 1730
Almighty Animal Caretaker: “Observation”: False Gharial
Almighty Animal Caretaker: “Artificial Nursing”: Armadillo
Almighty Animal Caretaker: “Attention to Details”: Taipei Grass Frog
Almighty Animal Caretaker: “Judgement”: Eurasian Otter
Almighty Animal Caretaker: “Compassion”: African Wild Donkey
1730 – 1745
Animal Dance Sing-along Part 1
Animal Dance Sing-along Part 1
Animal Dance Sing-along Part 1
Animal Dance Sing-along Part 1
Animal Dance Sing-along Part 1
1745 – 1815
Almighty Animal Caretaker: Finding 5 Crocodiles in Seconds
All Mighty Animal Caretaker: The Most Powerful Nannies on Earth
Almighty Animal Caretaker: Each Grain is the Result of Farmer’s Toiling
Almighty Animal Caretaker: Are the Babies Alright?
Almighty Animal Caretaker: You Understand How I feel
1815 – 1845
WIND Music: Fann
Indigenous Music and Dance Performance
Wildlife Protection Theater
Wildlife Protection Theater
Wildlife Protection Theater
1845 – 1900
Animal Dance Sing-along Part 2
Animal Dance Sing-along Part 2
Animal Dance Sing-along Part 2
Animal Dance Sing-along Part 2
Animal Dance Sing-along Part 2
1900 – 1930
Animal Storybook Reading: Krokodil und Giraffe warten auf Weihnachten
Animal Storybook Reading: The Sleepy Armadillo: The Story of Litoudian
Animal Storybook Reading: City Dog, Country Frog
Animal Storybook Reading: Otter Finds a New Home
Animal Storybook Reading: The Gorilla’s Bakery Shop
1930 – 2030
Ecology Movie “Ambition Showcase”: Elephant Fable
Ecology Movie “Ambition Showcase”: Life Story: First Steps
Ecology Movie “Ambition Showcase”: Returning Kingfisher
Ecology Movie “National Geographic Channel”: Sumatran Rhino
Ecology Movie “National Geographic Channel”: Jane Goodall

In the case of emergencies, the organizers reserve the rights to alter, change or suspend the activity. For any details not covered, the organizers retain the right to make supplementary announcements based on its discretion at any time in accordance to related regulations or explanations.

Taipei Zoo

The Special ‘Keeper’s Talk’ will be scheduled for the extended hours on Saturday evenings during the summer months. Also to note, all those who attend the entire “Keeper’s Talk” program and join their related Facebook fan page will receive an animal-themed badge!

Animal themed badges

Source: The Official Taipei Zoo Facebook page

Spotlighted Animal Timetable

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Date
Venue
Spotlighted Animal
Time
1700 – 1730
Asian Tropical Rainforest AreaFalse Gharial
1900 – 1915
1730 – 1745
Formosan Animal Area (Conservation Walkway)Armadillo
1900 – 1915
1745 – 1815
Amphibian and Reptile HouseTaipei Grass Frog
1900 – 1915
1815 – 1845
Formosan Animal AreaEurasian Otter
1900 – 1915
1845 – 1900
Desert Animal AreaAfrican Wild Donkey
1900 – 1915

Saturday Nights at Taipei Zoo

Source: Extended Hour Guide, Travel Taipei

Duration

The 2018 Taipei Water Festival is scheduled from July 21st to August 25th.

Registration Time: 1700 – 1730.
Registration Venue: Wildlife Conservation Market Service Counter (the first tent on the left side of the main stage).
Method of Registration: On site with limited openings.
Competition Categories: Elementary School; Middle and High School; Adults.

Extended Hours during Summer Months
Taipei Zoo will remain open on Saturday evenings until 2100.
July: 7, 14, 21, and 28.
August: 4, 11, 18, and 25.

Admission fee

Night Tickets: NT$30.

Time Available: 1600 – 2000 (EasyCard accepted).

Admission Direction: Visitors will need to enter from the Main Gate Plaza after 1600 as the Taipei Zoo South Station of the Maokong Gondola will remain closed during night hours. Therefore, the onsite ticket booth will stop selling tickets at 1600.

Education Center and Zoo Train: Free from 1630 onwards.

Location

English address: Taipei Zoo – No. 30, Section 2, Xinguang Road, Wenshan District, Taipei City, 116.
Chinese address: 116台北市文山區新光路二段30號.

Directions

Travel by MRT: MRT Wenshan-Neihu Line: Get off at Taipei Zoo Station.
(for MRT route information, visit Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation).
MRT Nangang/Banqiao/Tucheng Line: Get off at Taipei City Hall Station, and then take bus route G1, BR18 or BR21 to Taipei Zoo.

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Taipei Dragon Boat Festival 2018

The 2018 Taipei Dragon Boat Festival

The 2018 Taipei Dragon Boat Festival attracts people from all over Asia to observe this annual celebration. A spectacle of over 212 dragon boats, all with various colors and designs, will compete to see who’s this year’s fastest boat!

In addition to the main Taipei Dragon Boat Festival competition, there will be a variety of other traditional activities taking place. There will be dragon boat training sessions, dragon boat eye painting, an egg-balancing contest and a rice dumpling making workshop.

Taipei Dragon Boat Festival race of 2018Taipei Dragon Boat Festival teams of 2018

Images from last year’s Dragon Boat Festival from the Taipei Tourism website

Is it free to attend?

Yes, it’s free!

Where is it?

It’s at Taipei’s Dajia Riverside Park in the Songshan District.

The full address is:

Dajia Riverside Park, Zhongshan Dist., Taipei City Taiwan, R.O.C

What is the weather forecasted to be like?

The weather will be unstable with rainfall happening throughout the event. It’s also forecasted to be heavy rainfall from Monday evening. You can view the Taipei weather forecast for every hour the event will run.

How to get there?

From the MRT: Get off at the Dazhi Station, exit 3. From the exit, it’s about a 20 minuet walk to the Dajia Riverside Park following the directions after exiting the Dazhi Station.

When does this event start and end?

It starts on Saturday 16th to Monday 18th 2018. The Monday will be a national holiday in Taiwan for the Dragon Boat Festival.