THE famous hot-air balloon competitions of Taungyi Tanzaungtaing Festival started on Thursday at the Awaiya hot-air balloon square, in Taunggyi of south Shan State.
A total of 30 hot-air balloons were released on the first day of the competition. The balloons were of various shapes, some were of two-legged and four-legged characters including a goblin.
After the day competition the night competition began with bigger hot-air balloons, which attracted many spectators.
(Maung Maung Than-Taungyi)