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    Pingxi, Taiwan

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    Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival 2015


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     nealmoore was invited by some friends to the annual Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival, which lit up the night sky there in Taiwan. 'The sky was clear and the scene was festive as thousands of onlookers snapped photos and crowded around a cordoned off area to witness the launch of the lanterns. Before the launch, local leaders spoke in Chinese and English, wishing the world well, the stated topic of the festival this year “Peace, Love and Hope”. '
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    PINGXI, Taiwan: In the scenic mountains above Taipei, a 12-foot tall hot air balloon-shaped lantern was released into the night sky.

    The special lantern was joined by approximately 60 smaller lanterns, bearing people's well wishes for the Year of the Goat.

    The launch of the big hot air balloon-shaped lantern was the highlight of the multi-day event (which concludes tonight), the lantern in question signed with well-wishes by New Taipei City mayor Eric Chu along with representatives from several countries, including American Institute in Taiwan director Christopher J. Marut.

    This is the 17th year of the Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival, a mesmerizing yearly spectacle of illuminated sky lanterns aimed to ring in the Lunar New Year.
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