The eighth annual Taiwan International Hot Air Balloon Festival is scheduled to begin on June 30 at Luye Highland, and will run through until August 13. This year’s 45-day festival aims to break a new record with the highest number of balloons ever showing up together this year.

In addition, eight night glow concerts will add to the festivities at the traditional venues of the past, including Sanxiantai, Chishang’s Dapo Lake, Taimali Aurora Park, and Zhiben Hot Spring Area. A night glow concert will take place for the first time at the Library and Information Center located on the main campus of National Taitung University, which was voted for as one of the top eight of the most beautiful libraries in the world.

Adding to the excitement of the Zhihang Air Force Base night glow concert held in 2013, the cooperation continues this year with it being held there again. People will be able to witness the commissioned fighters of the military posing with the gorgeous hot air balloons, which will be present at the event.

This year we especially invited dozens of popular hot air balloons from all over the world, with themes ranging from The MinionsUpRoyal ElephantOrient Express, and The Three Little Bees. Traditional balloons will also take to the skies during this year’s activities, such as Noah’s ArkTony the Tiger and British Soldier.

In addition, to celebrate the Year of the Dog, an English bulldog special shape balloon has been invited to take to the skies during the 2018 Taiwan International Hot Air Balloon Festival, which was selected by Travel Channel as one of the Top 12 hot air balloon events in the world. Be sure not to miss the Taiwan Tourism Bureau’s mascot OhBear and PX-Mart’s One Two Bear.

The Taiwan International Hot Air Balloon Festival gives people with an eagerness for flying a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience flying in a hot air balloon. Every year, it is difficult to obtain tethered balloon ride tickets as they are highly coveted. Taitung County Government warmly reminds everyone that tethered balloon ride activities are divided into two periods, namely in the morning, and in the afternoon.