The Ilan County Government plans to launch a water bus project a few years from now by using solar-powered ferryboats to link Jenju Community, Chingshuei Park and other popular visitor points along the river. Its overarching aim is to set up a national waterfront recreation area to boost local tourism even further.
The Jenju community, however, is just one example of the many independent villages which have adapted to changes in the farming ecomomy. Other examples include Ilan's White Rice Community (
Under the 10-year-old Integrated Community Development Project (
If you do have the chance to visit Jenju, do not miss a pumpkin meal or baked pumpkin pie. Local resident Lee Chi-sen (
Lee, who is in his 60s, is an art-crazy farmer as well. He enjoys making carvings, in the shape of a Chinese dragon or other animals, on the skin of his pumpkins that hang from canopies of leaves in the garden.
There are many untold stories in the country's village communities and the story of one man bringing peace to a village through hay art is just one of them.