Visiting an Aboriginal village is a great way of exploring indigenous culture and the natural environment. Taitung County’s Beinan Township welcomes tourists to visit the Ligavon forest trail with activities that offer an experience of local life, production and ecology. Besides picking roselle flowers at the home of the village chief and observing nature as they stroll along the forest path, visitors can also have a go at making things like tree-stick pencils. Program promoter Hsu Jui-ming would like to see more people making in-depth visits to the village while respecting its culture and natural environment.
Hsu, who runs a guesthouse, says that although ordinary tourists add to the village’s tourism earnings when they visit, sometimes they do not respect the local culture, and this can be annoying for the villagers. Now visitors can go deep into the mountains in the company of a local guide. First Chen Shih-chi, head of Tamalakau Village, offers a prayer for everyone’s good fortune, after which they go to the chief’s home to pick wild vegetables and make indigenous food such as millet dumplings. Now is the season for harvesting roselle flowers, so travelers can have a go at decoring roselle calyxes and making them into candied preserves.
Chen says that there is no potential for developing industries in mountainous areas, but that if tourists are attracted to the area they can increase consumption and stabilize local farm production.
(Liberty Times, translated by Julian Clegg)
Photo: Chang Tsun-Wei, Liberty Times
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嘗試﹔體驗 (chang2 shi4; ti3 yan4)
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討厭 (tao3 yan4)
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