The Taiwan Balloon Fiesta, an annual summer extravaganza hosted by the island’s eastern county of Taitung, launched its 2012 celebration Friday, June 29. The 47 participating pilots will showcase 21 hot air balloons from over 13 countries for the two-month festival. Through September 2, visitors to the isle of Formosa will enjoy witnessing freestyle performances by experts from the United States, Canada, Switzerland, France, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Lithuania, Spain, Thailand, India, the Netherlands and Brazil. Various balloon models will be debuted during the 2012 Taiwan Balloon Festival and many hot air balloon artists will offer special rides to audience members.
In news from Albania, the government there has temporarily lifted all visa requirements for travelers from Azerbaijan. For visits of up to 90 days, citizens there can travel to Albania at their leisure. This follows news that Albania allowed similar privileges to other countries.
For those out there who do not know what the Duanwu Festival is, search giants Baidu and Google will have further confounded the unwary with their doodles celebrating the Dumpling Festival. Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China celebrate national holidays today.
On November 26th, the country welcomed its 5 millionth visitor at the Taoyuan International Airport, with a ceremony worthy of royalty.