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10 05

Registration for countryside sports game has started

Registration for the Oct. 28 sports game already kicked off! Only 30 places are available, so register with your friends fast! This is a game for those who love adventures. The participants must complete each challenge within limited time. Each team may consist of four members. Physical strength and team spirit are the keys to wining the game. The team which finishes all the challenges in the shortest time is the winner. [Rules] Four people makes a team (two men, two women, at least 16 years of age). Each time, four teams will take the challenges together. The challenge may be completed either individually or as a team. The teams will have to take the flags at the ending point to show that they have completed the challenges. [Content] Climbing Mountains: The four members of a team must climb a dirt wall. Ropes will be provided. Crossing Barriers: The four members of a team must jump through an area that's filled with car tiles. Hunting in the Mud: The four members of a team must find six balls of the same color in the mud. Working Together: The four members of a team must roll the straw circle to a designated place. The Great Archer: The four members of a team must shoot the straws to a designated spot. Sending Supplies: The four members of a team must send a pole to a designated site. Throwing Balls: The four members of a team must make a line in a 3 by 3 grid. Flags of Victory: The four members of a team must pass a wood walk and take their flag. [Awards] Champion: 1 trophy and a cash prize of NT$15,000 2nd place: 1 trophy and a cash prize of NT$8,000 3rd place: 1 trophy and a cash prize of NT$5,000

09 13

Activity schedule for Zhao'an Hakka Cultural Festival (Oct. 1-28, 2017)

Yunlin’s Zhao'an Hakka Cultural Festival is one of the 12 major Hakka festivals in Taiwan. Here are the content and locations of the activities held: Title Date Time Content Location Beautiful Hakka Villages Oct. 1 (Sun.) Opening ceremony 16:00-17:00 Torch event Zhao’an street parade Opening event: Perfect Hakka Thousand-people fire dragon parade Hakka puppetry Little Hakka speakers Qikan martial arts show Lunbei Township Parking Lot / downtown area 17:00-18:30 18:30-19:00 19:00~20:30 20:30-21:30 Fire Dragon Parade Oct. 1 (Sun.) 15:00-16:00 Bamboo handicrafts art DIY class: making of a paper torch Torch event Zhao’an street parade Thousand-people fire dragon parade Auspicious Zhao’an: group performance Chongxian Temple, Shuibiantou 16:00-17:00 17:00-18:30 Lunbei Township Parking Lot / downtown area 19:00-20:30 20:30-21:30 Lunbei Township Parking Lot Journey to Qikan / Qikan Martial Arts Festival Oct. 8 (Sun.) 08:00-12:00 Journey to Qikan Lunxi Community Park, Erlun Township Qikan martial arts experience Lion drumming experience Learning Qikan’s martial arts Qikan Martial Arts Festival Autumn Hakka Cycling Tour Oct. 14 (Sat.) 09:00-15:30 Hakka village cycling tours Hakka villages in Lunbei and Erlun Zhao’an Hakka singing Hakka language games 15:30-16:10 Under-the-tree music concert Let’s Enjoy Hakka Gourmet Food Oct. 15 (Sun.) 09:00-16:00 Hakka banquet model display Zhao’an Hakka Culture Center 09:00-16:00 Display of historical materials about the eight largest Hakka villages locally 09:00-10:00 Baiguan music ceremony 10:00-11:00 Variety show by representatives of the eight local Hakka villages 11:00-12:00 Shuiwei puppetry Laihui Cultural Tour Oct. 15 (Sun.) 08:30-11:00 Making of grass and bamboo daily-life objects Laihui Elementary School, Erlun Township DIY class: making of sorghum brooms 11:00-12:00 Hakka language games 14:00-17:00 Hakka old-house guided tour Laihui Community, Erlun Township 09:00-16:00 Exhibition of early farming tools Laihui Activity Center, Erlun Township Soy Sauce, Tea& Autumn: Xiluo Hakka Tour Oct. 21 (Sat.) 09:00-17:00 Zhao’an village tour (Advanced reservation required at 05-5861444) Hakka villages in Xiluo, Lunbei and Erlun 10:00-12:00 Xiluo stories Yanping Old Street Museum, Xiluo Oct. 22 (Sun.) 10:00-16:00 Hakka village tour (Advanced reservation required at 05-5861444) Hakka villages in Xiluo, Lunbei and Erlun 09:30-11:3014:30-16:30 Hakka tea ceremony (Advanced reservation required at 05-5861444) Yanping Old Street Museum, Xiluo Nanzi & Sanhe Hakka Tour Oct. 21 (Sat.) 08:30-13:00 Hakka language games Nanzi Old Sugar Factory Terminal, Erlun (arts village with colorful grafitti) Zhao’an children’s singing DIY class: making of Hakka rubber stamps / rubbing Hakka stories Zhao’an Specialties Fair Zhao’an Arts & Culture Fest Oct. 22 (Sun.) 09:00-15:00 Xiwang Fest Guanyin & Buddha Temple, Shenkeng, Erlun Hakka language show Hakka rice ceremony Double Ninth Festival in Seven Zhao’an Villages Oct. 28 (Sat.) 09:00-11:00 Old ancestor worship Chongyuan Hall, Futian Neighborhood, Xiluo Township

06 09

Colored fishing boats mark start of Taoyuan Marine Hakka Culture Festival

Taoyuan Marine Hakka Culture Festival is selected as one of Taiwan’s main 12 Hakka festivals for the first time. The festival featured Xinwu’s century-old fishing traditions, and reshaped Hakka cultural memory through parent-child experiences. On the press conference held on June 5, Taoyuan City deputy mayor Yu Chien-hua, Taoyuan Department of Hakka Affair director Chiang Chieh-an, Xinwu District magistrate Hsu Tung-chih and legislator Chen Lai Su-mei all attended the event to decorate the fishing boats with Hakka floral cloth balls for a safe voyage of the boats and a great success of the event. Taoyuan Marine Hakka Culture Festival, jointly held by Taoyuan’s Department of Hakka Affairs and Xinwu District Office, launched a series of events from June 10 to 18. A few fishing boats are painted with new graphics full of child-like fun by students of Xinwu, Yongan, Bengang and Dongping Elementary Schools and Xinwu Junior High School, as a way to pass down local Hakka culture. The graphics are inspired by marine Hakka culture and mixed with Xinwu’s old architectural elements. Vice magistrate Yu said that Yongan Fishery Port in Xinwu is the country’s only Hakka fishery port. The early residents here lived a life of farming and fishing and century-old traditions such as horns blowing, net fishing, and stone fish pond-building have been passed down till today. Supported by the city government, Taoyuan Marine Hakka Culture Festival is selected as one of the 12 main Hakka festivals of year 2017. Other than re-presenting these traditions and enhancing people’s cultural identity, the government actively promotes this one-and-only marine Hakka culture so that people may learn more about it. Legislator Chen Lai Su-mei noted that people see Xinwu as a remote township. But previously this year Taoyuan Agriculture Expo was held in Xinwu and now the marine Hakka culture festival is also taking place here. This shall especially make Yongan Fishery Port a popular spot and Chen invited all to visit Yongan. This year’s side events include fishing experiences, arts and cultural exhibitions, and fishery village tours. As soon as registration for the three “mini trips” started online on May 23, the 210 seats were all quickly booked. Registration for the fish pond-building experience may be made onsite on June 10, 11 and 17 at Kato Mili Café. From June 10 to 18, at the fresh fish area of Yongan Fishery Port Market, an exhibition on seaside Hakka culture was held to show the early life of Xinwu’s Hakka residents. You are cordially invited to feel the town’s strong seaside Hakka charm. Source: Department of Hakka Affairs, Taoyuan