Saturday, March 19, 2011

Putrajaya: 3rd Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

Doraemon from Japan is one of the more popular balloons.

Doraemon from Japan is one of the more popular balloons.

PUTRAJAYA: More than 300,000 visitors are expected to throng the third Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, which started on Thursday.

Launched by Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin, the four-day fiesta will feature 27 top balloonists from 14 countries.

Among others, the balloonists are from Belgium, Japan, Switzerland, Hong Kong and Malaysia.

Aside from the thrilling take-offs and daring landings, spectators will be awed by the mere sight of the colourful balloons in various shapes and designs such as the Doraemon balloon from Japan and last year's Darth Vader balloon from Belgium.

The public will also get a chance to witness the inflation of hot air balloons twice a day at 7.30am and 5.30pm.

However, the main highlight of the fiesta would be the enchanting Night Glow which is scheduled to take place tonight.

Under coded instructions via radio communication, the hot air balloon pilots will create a variety of dazzling effects from three main commands: burn, flicker and flash.

The astounding sequences are set to a special music mix. The main highlight, it will be followed by a fireworks display.

Among the many activities children and adults can enjoy during the fiesta are the paramotor flying demonstration, stunt kite demonstration, paper airplane competition and flying fox.

Try the tethered hot air balloon rides at only RM5 per child and RM10 per adult. The rides are available from 8am to 11am and 6pm to 9pm.

The fiesta ends tomorrow.

*Taken from NST Online

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