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Luck lanterns fly high for Taiwan

THE Taiwan Pavilion yesterday held a "good fortune" blessing ceremony for its smooth operation at World Expo 2010 Shanghai by releasing 40 multimedia lantern images on a globe-shaped screen.

Flying lanterns for good luck is a traditional island custom and 40 people from both the mainland and Taiwan took part in the ceremony.

About 3 million people from Taiwan are expected to visit Expo, said Wang Chih Kang, chairman of the Taipei World Trade Center, the organization responsible for the pavilion.

Most will come in July and August during the summer school holidays.

The 658-square-meter pavilion can accommodate 4,000 people a day. Groups of 40 people will be admitted to the pavilion to watch a 4-minute movie about Taiwan's scenery and wildlife as well as participate in repeats of the lantern-flying ceremony.

Visitors can choose their blessing words, such as "The Whole Family is Well" and "Being in Love Forever" and then push a button to raise the lantern which will carry the words.

Pavilion organizers are still canvassing for the remaining 30 percent of its 200 million yuan budget (US$29.3 million), Wang said.

Eight groups from both the mainland and the island, including some amusement parks, have indicated interest in buying the building after the Expo, he added.

Intending visitors need to get entry reservation tickets at the entrance each morning.

The pavilion - whose theme is "Mountain, Water, Heart and Lantern" - has outlines of the island's Mount Morrison and Mount Ali painted on the facade.

It was designed by C. Y. Lee, designer of Taipei 101, one of the world's tallest skyscrapers.


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