Taipei, An annual group wedding under the Sacred Tree on Alishan will be held in mid-October and registration is now open but only 12 couples will be selected to participate this year, the organizers said Thursday.
Since the annual group wedding was launched 12 years ago, more than 100 couples have held their nuptials under the 2,300-year-old Sacred Tree on Alishan, a popular tourist attraction, Alishan National Scenic Area Administration said.
Packages for this year's event, scheduled for Oct. 20-21, also include a two-day tour of the Alishan National Scenic Area featuring Alishan specialty dishes and a Tsou aboriginal tribal wedding ceremony, the organizers said.
However, only 12 couples from home and aboard will be selected to take part, with two packages costing NT$1,314 (US$43) and NT$9,999 to choose from.
The two numbers sound like "love of a lifetime" and "everlasting love" respectively in Chinese.
During the event, the newly married couples will also receive wedding gifts, including hotel vouchers and wedding cookies.
In addition, a wedding attire photography and video competition will be open to photography enthusiasts and couples from across Taiwan. From Aug. 15-Nov. 15, participants can visit Alishan for photography and video shoots to compete for NT$60,000 in prize money, according to the administration.
An event to mark Chinese Valentine's Day will also be held Aug. 17 (July 7 on lunar calendar) on Alishan, the organizers said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel