I. About the Festival Sand sculpture is a kind of art that brings sculpture, culture, painting, architecture, sports and entertainment together. The stunningly beautiful, true-to-life, and environment-friendly sand sculptures have to be built by multiple persons, and is therefore a good way to cultivate team spirit. No only so, where ever there are sand sculptures, people swarm in to that place to appreciate this fun modern art. There are many beaches suitable for holding sand sculpture festivals throughout Taiwan, such as Fulong, Feitsui Bay, Shalun, Kengting, Qiding, and Sanyuan. The beach area between Yanliao and Fulong of the Northeast Coast, i.e. the Gold Beach, is especially a good fit for its soft quartz sand. The quartz sand is flexible and highly adhesive when mixed with water. The Gold Beach has thus been certified by the World Sand Sculpting Association as the best sand sculpting site in Taiwan.

To promote sand sculpting in Taiwan, the Fulong International Sand Sculpture Festival was launched in 2008 so that domestic sand sculptors can show their works more formally and exchange ideas with their international counterparts. The festival, now in its sixth year, attracts more visitors each year. From 600,000 in 2008, 800,000 in 2009, 100,000 in 2010, 350,000 in 2011, to 260,000 in 2012, the festival continues to expand its scale and introduce more creativity to the island public. This year, it even works with private groups like Lih Pao Construction and Fullon Hotels to make the festival more diverse and fun. In light of this, the 2013 Fulong International Sand Sculpture Festival is expected to be more flamboyant than before.

II. Opening Dates / Hours

1.Festival period: May 4 (Saturday), 2013 ~ June 30 (Thursday), 2013
2.Opening hours: Daily from 08:30~ 18:00

III. Location Fulong Beach
Coordinates: 25.021120,121.944680

IV. Ticket Info

Adult: NT$ 100 for adults.
Group: NT$90 per person for any group of 20 members or more.
Priority: NT$80 for students or those who are 65 years old or more.
Child: NT$10 for children who are 110 cm tall or less (this is insurance fee really)
Festival site maintenance fee: NT$40 for the physically or mentally challenged.

V. Activities 1. Sand sculpting show
   (1)Theme: Memory of children
   (2)The international sand sculpting team: A total of nine international awarded sand sculptors will be here in Fulong to        create 25 sand sculptures together.
   (3)The Taiwanese / Chinese sand sculpting team: A total of 10 excellent sand sculptors from Taiwan and mainland China        will be here to create 12 sand sculptures together.

2. Sand sculpting contest
   (1) International sand sculpting contest
   a. Number of participants: 10
   b. Theme (contest): Childhood memories (10 sculptures in total)
   c. Theme (display): Childhood memories of my home country (10 sculptures in total)
   (2)Domestic sand sculpting contest
   a. A total of 20 teams will join this contest.
   b. Theme: Childhood memories, such as cartoon/movie characters in the 1970s, 80s or 90s, or people, events, or subjects        that impressed the public the most.

3. Sand sculpting workshop for parents and kids
   (1) Time: There are two workshops available on every Saturday and Sunday, between 10:00-11:00 am or 3:00-4:00 pm.
   (2) Fee: free.

VI. Organizers and Sponsors 1. Supervisor: Tourism Bureau, Ministry of Transport and Communications
2. Organizers: Northeast and Yilan Coast National Scenic Area Administration; Fullon Hotels
3. Co-organizers: Taiwan Railway Administration; Team 13, Coastal Guard Administration; New Taipei City Government; Gongliao Township Office, New Taipei City Government; Ruifang Police Station, New Taipei City; Gongliao Fire Station, New Taipei City; Ling Kiou Mountain Buddhist Society; Liho Creative Marketing
4. Sponsors: Lih Pao Construction; Lih Pao Land; Chian Airlines; King Car Group; Cellina (Shen Hsiang Tang Co., Ltd); Franz Collection Inc.