Taiwan has won an international trophy at the 130th Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, an annual New Year celebration. The float featuring Taiwan's techno prince is called the Rhythms of Taiwan. It is sponsored by the Taiwan-based China Airlines.
This is the second year in a row that Taiwan has won the coveted prize.
The statue of the techno prince stands on the back of the float on a giant drum. The float also features drummers and folk art performers wearing traditional Taiwanese costumes and headdress. The techno mash-up is uniquely Taiwanese: loud, powerful and uplifting. The float is a display of Taiwan's flamboyant temple festival culture.
The float is decorated with all kinds of flowers, such as carnations, orchids, roses and chrysanthemums. Fireworks were set off from both sides of the float, giving spectators a taste of Taiwan's New Year festivities. The float is about 55 meters long, 35 meters tall and 18 meters wide.
The annual Rose Parade is one of the three popular New Year celebrations in the United States. The parade features a variety of floats and music bands as well.
This year, China Airlines worked with the foreign ministry and the tourism bureau to present the quintessentially Taiwanese techno prince to the public.