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Students showcase attractions with use of human pyramids

ON A MISSION:The six students formed a pyramid in front of Taipei 101 on Saturday — the 95th of 102 attractions where they plan to perform by the year end

By Chen Ping-hung and Stacy Hsu  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

Six students from Chinese Culture University’s Chinese Martial Arts Department complete their 95th human pyramid of the year at a tourist attraction in front of Taipei 101 on Saturday.

Photo: Chang Chia-ming, Taipei Times

Rather than resorting to the more conventional, a group of six young martial artists have endeavored to showcase the beauty of Taiwan by forming human pyramids at tourist attractions.

Clad in T-shirts featuring the national flag, Hsu Yu-hsiang (許鈺祥), Kao Chia-ho (高嘉和), Huang Meng-fan (黃孟凡), Tsai Po-yu (蔡博宇), Wu Ming-heng (吳銘恆) and Yang Shun-ping (楊舜平) braved the cold on Saturday to form a human pyramid in front of Taipei 101 — the 95th of 102 tourist attractions where they plan to perform the feat by the end of the year. They came up with the idea on Jan. 1 this year.

Also among the 102 tourist hotspots are New Taipei City’s (新北市) Yehliu Geopark, Yilan County’s Luodong Night Market, Taipei City’s Miramar Shopping Center, Chiayi County’s Central Fountain, as well as Nantou County’s Sun Moon Lake and the nearby Formosan Aboriginal Cultural Village.

The six young men are students at Chinese Culture University’s Department of Chinese Martial Arts, who were brought together by a shared dream to “see the world through handstands.”

The dream also inspired them to form the Han Dong Acrobatics Team (撼動特技藝術劇團).

Hsu said they have been unable to take part-time jobs like most of their peers because they are too busy honing their skills.

“Although we also have to pay for transport to the tourist attractions ourselves, we work through whatever difficulties we face for the sake of our dream,” Hsu said.

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