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Hakka, Aboriginal theme stores planned for airport

By Loa Iok-sin  /  STAFF REPORTER

Visitors will from Thursday be able to sample local culture on arrival in Taiwan with the opening of Hakka and Aboriginal theme stores at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.

The two stores are located next to each other and will be operated by the Everrich Duty Free Shop, Meng Yu-ling (孟幼玲), a spokeswoman for the company, said during a telephone interview.

"The Hakka theme store is decorated with items associated with the Hakka culture. In the store, we'll sell all kinds of Hakka specialty merchandise, most of which is certified by the Council for Hakka Affairs," Meng said.

Merchandise to be sold in the store includes traditional Hakka textile products, Tung Blossom cakes, Tung Blossom tea sets, award-winning Hakka music and various Hakka foods, a council news release said.

One third of the 27 ping (89m2) store is devoted to a display of Hakka culture, Meng said.

Video presentations of traditional Hakka customs and handicrafts will be played in the display area, while Hakka performing arts groups will also be invited to perform from time to time, the news release said.

The Aboriginal theme store was designed as a showcase of the nation's Aboriginal cultures.

"A totem poll forms the centerpiece of the Aboriginal theme store and a traditional wooden Tao boat is also on display," Meng told the Taipei Times.

In addition, handmade clay containers and equipment for making moachi -- a traditional Aboriginal dessert made of millet -- can also be seen in the store, Meng said.

"The majority of the merchandise is Aboriginal handicrafts, but we also carry millet wines and moachi," Meng said.

"We want visitors to experience the rich cultures of Taiwan from the moment they step foot in the airport," the news release said.

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