TAIPEI (Taiwan News)–The 2017 Fulong International Sand Sculpture Festival is scheduled to take place from May 6 to July 9, 2017 as jointly organized by the Northeast Coast and Yilan National Scenic Area Administration under the Tourism Bureau and the Fullon Hotels.
The organizers held a press conference on Wednesday in Taipei to announce the main sculptures of this year’s event and giveaways. Taiwan’s tourism goodwill ambassador OBear was there at the news conference, dancing with performers to promote this year’s event. The organizers said it will have sand sculptors carve out a sand castle 13 meters in height and a sand tunnel as the centerpieces.
A total of 22 outstanding artists from 13 foreign countries around the world were invited by the organizers to show off their skills, according to the organizers. This year’s international contest will take the theme, “hero,” and 20 “hero” sand sculptures will be created by the international artists and be displayed around the 13-meter-high castle to create an image of heroes protecting the castle, the organizers said.
As for the domestic sand sculpturing contest, registration is open from now until 5 p.m., April 21 (Friday). Cash prizes will be offered to the winners, totaling NT$100,000. The champion will be awarded with NT$30,000, the organizers said.
As the festival is in its 10th year now, the organizers will offer free admission to the first 1,000 visitors, beginning at 8 a.m. on May 6, the opening day, the organizers said. And beginning at noon, organizers will give away 1,000 gifts to visitors who check in Facebook at the festival, according to the organizers. In addition, visitors with the number of 10 in their birthday, such as October and 10thday of a month, will be eligible to participate in a prize draw at the venue to win 7-11 NT$100 gift coupons.
The festival takes place on the three kilometer-long golden beach between Yanliao and Fulong on the Northeast Coast. Visitors can take a train, get off at Fulong, and walk for five minutes to the site by following signs along the roads. Visitors who drive can park their cars at the adjacent parking lots of the Yanliao Beach Park, Longmen Sports Park, Longmen Camping Site, and Fulong Visitor Center, and take one of the free hourly shuttle buses running on weekends to the venue. For more information, please visit http://events.necoast-nsa.gov.tw/sandart17 (Chinese).