…this time for Chinese New Year’s! Many towns around here are “trading off” when their main NY celebration will be – much of it way after the time that most people (like me) go travel for vacation time. This one was much smaller than the last Jhubei extravaganza, but still had some music and a small night market.
First off is 潘裕文, or Peter Pan. Yes, I typed the English name correctly, he goes by the name of our favorite flying kid.
He does have a music video, which I’ve posted after the photo. More regular Taiwanese-style pop, as to be somewhat expected.
The other singer (there were actually many more) was singing more traditional songs in Hakka. Yuling didn’t know her name, but she was quite talented.
This is a series of posts about the New Year’s Eve Concert in Jhubei, which I attended despite the bigger festivities in Taipei due mostly to the fact that Taipei was extremely crowded and the high-speed trains en route were sold out.
There were apparently some pretty famous people at the concert, which took place a few meters away from my apartment. Here are some photos – captioned where necessary. More to come tomorrow and the rest of this week.
To start off is a blue-haired entertainer that I didn’t know the name of – more of an opening act, but pretty entertaining overall.
…he was followed by a drum/lion dance group which was pretty spectacular with the lighting/fog machines. Also, the lion costumes were lighting up – pretty great stuff.
One of the hosts was the woman below, 楊千沛 or Yang Chien Pei. I think she’s a movie star/singer, but I’m not exactly sure… maybe someone can enlighten me :)
Notice the “100″ glasses. The reason behind these is that it is in fact year 100 in Taiwan. The dating system is based on the date of independence for the Republic of China, which while not always based in Taiwan, is 100 years old with the Xinhai Revolution against the Qing Dynasty.
New Year’s Eve was celebrated in Jhubei just a few feet away from my apartment. Since it was impossible to miss, I joined in and was pretty impressed with the night’s entertainment. This week, I’ll be posting some photos of pretty well-known Taiwanese pop stars, though I’ll have to run them by Yuling to make sure I know who/what I’m talking about.
Here are some shots from the night market taking place across the street from the main stage. I’ll start uploading shots of the actual show tomorrow.