Address:No. 573 Zhongzheng Road, Caotun Township 54246, Nantou County, Taiwan
Families are welcome to join the celebrations during the Chinese New Year holidays at the National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Center (NTCRI) in Nantou County, the organizer of a series of events and activities from Feb. 1 through 4. All the activities will be related to horses to celebrate the Year of the Horse.
The feature event is a scavenger hunt game in which participants need to go through five stages and look for six artisans to help them complete the task. Those who win in all the games are eligible to enter a raffle. Another game that will be held is called "The Trojan Horse March,” which requires participants to ride on a wooden horse and besiege a city before they can win the game.
In addition, visitors will be able to take part in various craft DIY activities such as lanterns, lacquer plates, paper cutting, and metalwork.
The mascot "Color Horse” will put on a show and dances with other mascots, while animations will be screened in the center's 3D theater. A New Year fair on site will also offer holiday specialties, gifts, and craft toys.
The 12 lanterns installed around the center will be lit up in a ceremony on Jan. 22. One of them is a tin sculpture in the shape of a horse, which is both an installation artwork and a lighting decoration. The lanterns will remain on display until Feb. 23, in line with the Taiwan Lantern Festival.
In the meantime, eight other tourist attractions in the Nantou and Taichung regions, including the Taiwan Historica, the Endemic Species Research Institute Conservation EducationCenter, the Nantou Winery, and various parks affiliated with the National Museum of Natural Science, are also offering day trips related to ecology and local culture.
The Miaoli branch of the NTCRI will also organize Lunar New Year activities, including a postcard painting event with children from local care homes, and a craft and vintage fair.