Kent­ing Mu­sic Fes­ti­val roars in the spring

The China Post - - LOCAL -

The an­nual Kent­ing Mu­sic Fes­ti­val kicked off Fri­day in Ping­tung County, fea­tur­ing over 200 bands, DJs and artists from Tai­wan and abroad in the coun­try’s south­ern­most hol­i­day haven of Kent­ing.

The three-day fes­ti­val con­sists of sev­eral events and par­ties, in­clud­ing the out­door Spring Scream mu­sic fes­ti­val at Elu­anbi Na­tional Park and the out­door Spring Wave Mu­sic and Art Fes­ti­val and Spring Wave Elec­tronic Mu­sic con­cert, both of which are at Wulit­ing Air­port.

Among the per­form­ers are Amer­i­can singer-song­writer Priscilla Ahn, Por­tuguese DJ Diego Mi­randa, Tai­wanese Amer­i­can rap­per Miss Ko, Tai­wanese rock mu­si­cian Chang Chen-yue, rap­per MC Hot­Dog, and singer Jam Hsiao, ac­cord­ing to the or­ga­niz­ers.

The Spring Scream fes­ti­val was ini­ti­ated in 1995 by Amer­i­cans Wade Davis and Jimi Moe. Over the years, more mu­sic events and par­ties were held dur­ing the same pe­riod as the fes­ti­val, and they were later com­bined and re­named the Kent­ing Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, one of the big­gest mu­sic events in Tai­wan.

The fes­ti­val at­tracts 100,000 vis­i­tors an­nu­ally.

In an­tic­i­pa­tion of the large crowd, Ping­tung po­lice have de­ployed 1,500 per­son­nel to main-

over tain or­der at the fes­ti­val. Po­lice said they will also step up an­titer­ror­ist mea­sures by de­ploy­ing snif­fer dogs to the site to de­tect guns, ex­plo­sives and il­le­gal drugs.

Hengchun Ho­tels Most Ex­pen­sive in Tai­wan: Sur­vey

Ho­tels lo­cated in Hengchun ( ), a town­ship at the south­ern tip of Ping­tung County ( ), charged for­eign tourists the most on av­er­age in 2014 among all tourist at­trac­tions in Tai­wan, ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey from the on­line ho­tel book­ing agency Ho­tels. com.

The sur­vey showed that for­eign tourists spent NT$4,819 (US$154) on av­er­age for their ho­tel stay per night in Hengchun last year, up 5 per­cent from a year ear­lier. Ho­tels in Hengchun re­tained the ti­tle as the priciest ho­tel des­ti­na­tion for for­eign­ers in Tai­wan, the sur­vey said.

Hengchun serves as the gate­way to the Kent­ing Na­tional Park, the south­ern­most na­tional park in Tai­wan. Boasting pris­tine beaches and a vi­brant tourist in­dus­try, the Hengchun area has be­come one of the fa­vorite des­ti­na­tions in Tai­wan to trav­el­ers ev­ery year.

Taipei, the cap­i­tal of Tai­wan, came in sec­ond in terms of ho­tel prices last year, fol­lowed by neigh­bor­ing New Taipei, the Ho­tels.com sur­vey said.

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