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Jiaoxi hot spring festival opens

2017/12/02 21:44:47

Taipei, Dec. 2 (CNA) The 2017 Jiaoxi Hot Spring Festival in Yilan County opened Saturday with a series of cultural and artistic performances and exhibitions featuring cultural exchanges and demonstration of the friendship that exists between Taiwan and Japan.

A total of 34 groups from Taiwan and Japan, comprising a total of more than 1,000 members, including a Hanagasa (flower hat) dance troupe from Japan's Yamagata Prefecture and a Sansa dance troupe from Iwate Prefecture, participated in a parade through the streets of Jiaoxi Township to mark the opening of the annual festival.

During the festival, which will run through Dec. 31, there will be artistic performances and exhibitions of creative cultural products at the main venue of the event on weekends from 2 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the organizers said.

It is the 14th year that the Yilan County government has organized the festival, which is aimed at promoting local tourism.

Jiaoxi hot spring is one of a number of hot springs in Taiwan that is extremely rich in minerals.

(By Worthy Shen and Romulo Huang)