To raise public awareness about preserving natural resources, Taipei's Bureau of Cultural Affairs (
Lung Ying-tai (
"They not only provide us with shelter, but are also living creatures just like you and I," Lung said. "We owe them an apology when we accidentally step on them or bump into them. They're older than our grandparents. They're the genuine indigenous people of this land."
PHOTO: GEORGE TSORNG, TAIPEI TIMES
The tours, dubbed a "Historical Stroll of the Old Trees in Taipei City" (
The public is being encouraged to pick up literature on the tours, available at MRT stations, district offices, the bureau and the foundation, as a reference guide to visiting the old trees growing in the city's seven districts -- Chungshan, Shihlin, Peitou, Wenshan, Hsinyi, Neihu and Nankang.
The pamphlet, among other things, includes a map indicating where the trees are located in each district, as well as their history.
Yesterday's tour, which covered the Chungshan District, is part of a series of four tours. Tours of the Chungshan District will continue until January. The next of the series, which covers Shihlin and Peitou districts, is slated to begin in February and will also last for three months.
Yesterday's activity was part of the bureau's campaign to prepare for the passage of the Taipei City Tree Protection Autonomy Regulation (
The regulation protects trees that are more than 100 years old, taller than 15m and larger than 2.5m in diameter. Those who cut the protected trees without first obtaining approval from the bureau will face a fine of up to NT$100,000.
After the bureau kicked off a census of the city's trees on Sept. 25, at least 90 old trees have been recorded, most of them banyan trees.
Although yesterday's three-hour tour in Chungshan District seemed tiring, Alan Hwang, a 21-year-old exchange student from the University of California at Davis, said he learned something from the activity.
"The guide told us interesting stories about each tree and taught us useful things about trees," he said.
Hwang was on a field trip with his teacher and six other classmates from the language center at National Taiwan University.
Huang Pi-hua (黃碧華), who came with her two sons aged two and seven, said it was a meaningful and educational activity.
"I like my boys to see with their own eyes what kind of trees they are and how beautiful they are. After all, it's different from learning it in the classroom," she said.
Ko Chung-han (
"We don't usually go out to see the trees and sky because we have to study," Lee said.
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