2006/08/03

2nd Aug - arrival

Our journey begins...

We met at the airport at 7:30am and taking the flight at 10:10am, well before the adverse weather due to the imminent typhoon set in.

With our group of over 100 passengers, Cathay Pacific Airways has opened dedicated check-in counters for us.















Arriving at Taipei around noon, we were greeted by Dr. Liaw Shiumn-jen, our long term friend, the founder of the first Asia Pacific Harmonica Festival a decade ago, who also organises this festival.















We were then carried out of the airport in 3 coaches. One of them brought those solo competitors who would be competing tomorrow to a practice venue to have a final dose of practice, while the others went for sight-seeing.

A helicoptic view from Taipei 101. The weather was gorgeous, albeit a bit hot.












The group met in the late afternoon to check in the hotel before splitting again, with some official members joining the welcoming dinner of the organiser, while the majority of the group enjoyed a feast at the hotel. All geared up for the festival opening early tomorrow morning.



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