“It can provide useful information for visitors who might be interested in exploring these air-raid shelters,” he said.
Chung Hui-yu, their teacher and supervisor, said the objective of the project was for students to conduct their own research, pinpoint problems and find solutions.
She said the students also found that quite a number of the shelters were in ruins, because nobody was responsible for their preservation and management.
As many of them are still TRA properties, the students visited the Hualien County Cultural Affairs Bureau, TRA offices and other agencies, suggesting that they make use of the air-raid shelters to promote “cultural tourism” in Hualien.
She added that the students had presented other ideas that the government could consider, with the group producing hand-drawn maps, “exploration route” pamphlets and postcards on the locations and travel routes to the shelters that visitors can use while taking a walking or cycling tour of the city.