2017 Taipei Lunar New Year Festival
Date: January 13 – 26, 2017
With the Lunar New Year around the corner, are you wondering where to purchase the goods you’ll need for the upcoming holidays? Whether you are looking for holiday decorations to furnish your home or the ingredients for the hearty New Year’s Eve dinner, the commercial districts participating in the 2017 Taipei Lunar New Year Festival are great places to start your Chinese New Year shopping spree!
Mayor to Hand out 'Good Fortune Money'
The visual of the 2017 Taipei Lunar New Year Festival boasts a golden rooster lifting its wings, with feathers extended against the wind. The image symbolizes rich harvests for the entire year.
Now in its tenth year, the primary theme will be the rooster and the round egg, symbolizing smooth and full. The good fortune money created to resemble a 3-dimensional egg hopes to share good will and prosperity for the New Year with citizens. The gift will be handed out at respective times at the participating commercial districts (see table 1).
Eight Commercial Districts, 107 Stores for Lunar New Year Shopping
In addition to the New Year Street Bazaar at Dihua Street, seven other districts will be taking part in the holiday shopping season, including Rongbin, Station Rear, Huayin Street, Taipei City Mall, Ningxia, Yuanling Street, and Siping Street, commercial districts to maximize the consumers’ choices for their shopping trips.
This year’s guide book for the festival includes fun tests to help shoppers decide which commercial districts fit their best interest. Furthermore, scanning the QRcodes in the pamphlet will grant consumers access to a number of coupons and bargains at participating shops. Deals span bonuses for shoppers spending a given amount of money at selected shops to straight-forward discounts.
Mini-trips and Fun for International Tourists
For expats, exchange students, migrant workers, new immigrants, and international tourists looking for a taste of Lunar New Year in Taiwan and the hospitality of locals, over 200 cities across Taipei have taken part in the city government’s “Friendly Shop” campaign, offering a range of visitor-friendly services such as language assistance (English, Japanese, or Korean), wireless internet connection, barrier-free access, charging of mobile devices, and restroom access. These stores can be identified with respective sticker labels at the storefront. There are 22 “Friendly Shops” in Datong District taking part in the 2017 Lunar New Year Festival.
Furthermore, to allow foreigners to learn more about the Lunar New Year Tradition, the organizers will hold guided tours for international friends, taking them on a trip highlighting the development of Dadaocheng and the traditions of the New Year. Those who do not have time to attend the set tours can visit URS44 Dadocheng Visitor Information Center to make their own custom Lunar New Year greeting cards and send them to their friends and families back home.
To register for hands-on events and tours, those interested can visit the Facebook fan page of Taipei City Office of Commerce (https://www.facebook.com/tcooc/)(Chinese) for more information.
To welcome visitors, URS44 will also organize fun Lunar New Year-related activities. Those taking part in the event will have a chance of bringing home small gifts such as luggage tags and disposable heat pads!
Table 1: Good Fortune Money Giveaway Schedule
Note: Date and Time may be changed depending on actual circumstances.
Table 2: Participating Commercial Districts and Dates