In an effort to protect the old trees of Taipei, Taipei City’s Department of Cultural Affairs is set to release Taiwan’s first interactive e-book application at the end of the month. Besides making a record of the most representative trees throughout the 12 districts of Taipei, the app also includes a GPS tool for locating the old trees nearest to you. It also includes a game and tree-blessing activities. The e-book can be used to guide you around the old trees of Taipei.
The agency is offering 12 guided tours of Taipei’s old trees. During the first tour, which took place at Songshan Elementary School on Oct. 31, around 30 elementary school students, aided by the interactive old tree e-book, listened to stories about 100-year-old banyan and tiger’s claw trees along a wall around the school. There was also an indoor hands-on activity during which students created imprints by mashing plants onto fabric.
Many of the children thought that the tiger’s claw should be a woman because of her blooming red flowers, and therefore they gave her the nickname “grandma tiger’s claw.” For the two banyan trees standing side-by-side, they said the trees look like two old grandpas playing chess together. After voting they named the banyan trees “immortal god” and “the old man with 10,000 lives.” Apparently, there had initially been plans to allow the two trees to serve as a “natural school gate,” where students could enter through a “tunnel of greenery,” but the plans never came to fruition due to concerns about damaging the leaves and branches of the old trees.
Lee Hsin-ping, a planner at the department, says that starting in November there will be experts of old trees guiding people around the city to visit old trees in all of Taipei’s districts on weekends to learn about the local culture and history of its old trees. At the end of the month, the Taipei’s Good Ole Trees e-book will be available to download free of charge on the agency’s Web site. The book introduces all of the most representative old trees around Taipei, offers a GPS tool for finding the trees nearest to you, as well as an interactive game for adults and children to play, saving old trees and blessing them.
Online registration for the activities has already begun. People are invited to take the opportunity to travel back in time and protect these living historic spots of Taipei. The event’s Web site is: https://www.facebook.com/Taipeioldtree, or you can call (02)8866-6258.
(Liberty Times, Translated by Kyle Jeffcoat)
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