More than 2,000 elderly men and women, dressed in one-piece and two-piece swimsuits, sunbathed on Kenting’s (墾丁) white sand beach on Saturday in an event aimed at encouraging senior citizens to pursue activities normally associated with younger people.
The participants, with some sporting bikinis they had designed, played volleyball and other beach games accompanied by younger volunteers before some of them rode with local Harley-Davidson owners on a trip along the beach.
Yang Lin A-kuei, 66, came all the way from Sanxia (三峽), New Taipei City (新北市), for the event. She said she headed south shortly after receiving hemodialysis therapy earlier in the day, a treatment she has undergone for years.
The event was organized by the Pingtung County Government and Hondao Senior Citizen’s Welfare Foundation to promote the county as a suitable place for the elderly to live thanks to its abundant sunshine and warm weather.
Wang Chiu-chang, 86, who came from Greater Taichung with his 65-year-old wife, said a group of elderly people wearing bikini and swimsuits on the beach was “a cool thing.”
“Elderly people are not supposed to put limits on themselves,” he said.
The event also attracted visitors from overseas.
Peter Starr, a Discovery Channel producer from the US, and a group of elderly motorcyclists who came with Starr for a trip around Taiwan earlier in the week, also joined the event.
Starr led the group of riders from the US to meet with Taiwanese counterparts, who gained worldwide fame after completing a round-island ride in 2007. The two groups then set out for Hualien, Greater Taichung and Pingtung.