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Yushan park seeks Web ‘ambassadors’

CAMPAIGNThe administration is looking for seven Republic of China citizens to bike around the nation to garner support for the Seven Natural Wonders of the World bid

By Shelley Shan  /  STAFF REPORTER

Ranked No. 1 in the mountains and volcanoes category in a Web poll to find the Seven Natural Wonders of the World , Yushan, is listed as located in “Chinese Taipei” on the Web Site of the Swiss-based New7Wonders Foundation on March 12.

PHOTO: CHEN HSIN-JEN, TAIPEI TIMES

Those disappointed about missing out on the opportunity to earn US$100,000 a year for managing a remote island on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef still have the chance for a creative job helping Yushan become one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

The work is related to Yushan’s bid to qualify as one of the “wonders” in the campaign launched by the Geneva-based New7Wonders Foundation which aims “to contribute to the protection of the world’s human-built and natural heritage and to foster respect for the cultural diversity on our planet.”

The administration of the Yushan National Park is seeking seven qualified “ambassadors” to do whatever they can to garner votes for the highest mountain in Taiwan. Based on the criteria set by the park’s administration, the candidates must be citizens of the Republic of China and aged between 20 and 60 years old. Those chosen must be committed to spending three months — from next month to July — biking around Taiwan and campaigning for Yushan and posting photos and articles online.

Those interested in becoming one of the seven ambassadors must fill out a written application and attach a self-promotional video explaining why they are qualified for the job.

They must also submit a proposal as to how they plan to set up a blog for Yushan, the name of the blog, as well as ways to interact with those viewing the page.

Once selected, each ambassador will get paid NT$150 per hour and will be required to work eight hours a day. The deadline for applications is March 31.

As of yesterday, Yushan topped Mt Everest and Mt Fuji in the mountains and volcano category of the online poll on the New7Wonders Web site, www.new7wonders.com/classic/en/.

The Web poll made the headlines a couple of weeks ago when it was revealed that Yushan had been listed as being in “Chinese Taipei.”

At the time, Wei Feng-che (魏豐哲) chief of the Yushan National Park Administrations’ park guide department, said as the administration had yet to sign an agreement form with the foundation to allow it to use intellectual property related to Yushan, they had not requested the listing be changed to Taiwan.

But Wei said that once the Ministry of the Interior approved the signing of the agreement form, the park headquarters would issue a letter to the foundation “to say that our national title is Taiwan.”

However, as of press time yesterday the designation had not been changed.

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