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Agoda.com bangs the drum for Taipei’s Duanwu Dragon Boat Festival

SINGAPORE (April 27, 2011)

Agoda.com, Asia’s global hotel booking site and part of the Nasdaq-listed Priceline.com Inc. (Nasdaq: PCLN), is drumming up excitement ahead of next month’s Dragon Boat Festival in Taiwan.

The Dragonboat Festival, or 'Duanwu Festival', is a highlight of Taiwan’s cultural events calendar. Held on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month, this spectacular gala of dragon boat races never fails to attract huge crowds of tourists and locals.

This year’s festival falls on June 6 and, as always, commemorates Qu Yuan. Qu Yuan was a poet and statesman from the Kingdom of Chu during China’s era of the Warring States period, circa 300 BC. This patriotic lyricist became a national hero when he jumped into the Miluo River, distraught after hearing of the fall of Chu’s capital city to a rival Qin army.

To mark the event, boat races are now held annually in Taipei, commemorating the attempts made to save Qu Yuan from his watery grave. As the fleets of dragon boats carve their way through the water, supporters on the banks bang loudly on drums in a symbolic gesture designed to scare away fish and other creatures that might feast on the hero's remains.

Nowadays, the annual regatta is so highly regarded that it attracts rowing crews from around the world, eager to take part in the colorful contests. Visitors to Taipei, however, needn't be part of a world-class rowing team to enjoy the many delights of Duanwu. For the majority of travelers, the festival provides the perfect snapshot of the intriguing history and heritage of this culturally rich city.

For travelers who prefer eating to beating drums, the Duanwu Festival presents a fabulous opportunity to sample some of Taiwan’s best-loved seasonal delicacies. The most famous of these is zong zi: sticky rice dumplings flavored with egg, beans, meat, or nuts and wrapped in bamboo leaves. These handy little snacks are ubiquitous during the festival and form the culinary mainstay of thousands of riverside picnics.

Thanks to Agoda.com there’s never been a better time to visit Taipei to experience the amazing sights, sounds and tastes of the annual Dragon Boat Festival. Following are some special deals in the top hotels in Taipei.

Agoda.com Taipei Duanwu Festival Deals

YOMI Hotel – 3 stars
Rates from USD 80 per night. Minimum stay 2 nights – enjoy 10% discount.

Caesar Park Hotel – 5 stars
Rates from 115 per night. Minimum stay 2 nights – enjoy 10% discount.

Taipei Garden Hotel – 5 stars
Rates from 108 per night. Minimum stay 3 nights – enjoy 30% discount.

City Inn Plus – 4 stars
HOT DEAL!! Rates from USD 77 per night. Enjoy 45% discount.

Park City Hotel – 4 stars
Rates from USD 78 per night. Enjoy 15% discount.

Pacific Business Center Hotel  – 4 stars
Rates from USD 101 per night. Enjoy 10% discount.

Brother Hotel – 4 stars
Rates from USD 99 per night. Minimum stay 2 nights – enjoy 5% discount.

Howard The Suites Taipei – 4 stars
Rates from USD 98 per night. Minimum stay 2 nights – enjoy 10% discount.

Eastern Beauty Hotel – 3 stars
Rates from USD 72 per night. Minimum stay 3 nights – enjoy 10% discount.

Imperial Hotel – 5 stars
HOT DEAL!! Rates from USD 96 per night. Enjoy 45% discount.



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