By Kayleigh Madjar / Workers author, with CNA
President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday hailed the Taipei Worldwide Journey Truthful as symbolic of the nation’s reopening after the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions final month.
Talking on the opening of the four-day honest on the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Heart, Tsai stated that this yr’s version has particular significance, as it’s the first worldwide journey occasion because the borders reopened for vacationer teams on Oct. 13.
Tsai stated she is happy to see journey businesses, authorities businesses and airways from throughout Taiwan and overseas exhibiting collectively.
She additionally invited the general public to make the most of presents on the honest earlier than it closes on Monday.
Along with inns, journey businesses, international tourism bureaus and airways, the Ministry of Tradition and three different authorities businesses are selling their journey initiatives.
Underneath the “Cultural Beltway” banner, the ministry has labored with eight journey businesses to create 28 excursions throughout the nation, Minister of Tradition Lee Yung-te (李永得) informed the opening ceremony of the honest.
The excursions goal to advertise the nation’s treasured cultural assets, together with structure, historical past, artwork, museums and meals, he stated.
Skilled guides are to steer the excursions, designed to introduce vacationers to native cultures by way of interplay with artists and residents, he added.
“Journey is not simply sightseeing, however experiencing native tradition,” Lee stated. “That is the prevailing development in fashionable journey.”
By offering the ultimate brushstroke on a lantern, Tsai helped formally begin the “Cultural Beltway” program.
The lantern was created by Tang Chiu-shui (唐秋水), an artisan based mostly in Changhua Metropolis who attended the ceremony with different dignitaries.
The ministry’s sales space is to carry occasions on every of the honest’s 4 days, together with performances by the Nationwide Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, the TSD road dance group and See-Be a part of Puppet Theater.
Tang’s group is to additionally introduce guests to lantern-making, alongside different craft actions.
On the Forestry Bureau’s sales space, guests can study 38 excursions within the nation’s nationwide parks, in addition to reductions, it stated.
The excursions have been designed with therapeutic advantages, ecological exploration, sustainability and dialogue with nature in thoughts, bureau Director Lin Hua-ching (林華慶) stated.
Those that can not make it to the honest can discover details about the excursions at https://www.forest.gov.tw/.
Reductions are additionally obtainable for excursions to Alishan (阿里山), Hehuanshan (合歡山), Dahsuehshan (大雪山) and extra locations, the bureau stated.
At this time, the bureau has invited aromatherapist June Wen (溫佑君) to its sales space to clarify the best way to use the scents from Taiwan’s native crops, whereas tomorrow, Senhuai (森淮) is to play music created from nature’s sounds.
For these fascinated by Hakka tradition, the Hakka Affairs Council has greater than 100 excursions to supply targeted on native communities, microbreweries and extra, council Minister Yiong Con-ziin (楊長鎮) stated.
The council’s “Someplace in Hakka” sales space would host musical performances, lectures and crafting actions, Yiong added.
Extra details about the excursions will be discovered at www.hakkatrip.tw.
On the Council of Indigenous Peoples’ sales space, guests can discover out about practically 30 excursions to villages to study indigenous cultures, council Deputy Minister Calivat Gadu stated.
The council has additionally labored with seven native governments and 5 indigenous communities to supply restricted excursions that includes indigenous ceremonies, sizzling spring visits and meals tradition, he added.
The most recent data will be discovered on the Fb web page “explorethesun.”
Extra reporting by Cheng Wei-chi
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