Changhua voting opens
Voting has begun for the titles of Changhua Grape princess and knight. The Changhua County Government has held the princess contest for the past five years as part of its efforts to promote locally grown grapes, attracting more than 1,500 candidates. This year it is expanding the contest to include a male category. The semi-finals were held on Saturday last week and 20 young women were selected to compete for the Changhua Grape Princess crown — including university students, street artists and dance teachers — and five men are vying to be named Changhua Grape Knight. Voting is being conducted online via the county government’s official Web site and is open through June 17. The two winners will become ambassadors for the county government in its marketing of Changhua grapes. Changhua County produces 50 percent of the nation’s grapes. One variety, called Chufeng, is famed for its special honey-like flavor.
Chu wants seniors outside
New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫) wants to see more day trips and other activities for senior citizens. He said the city has made significant progress in promoting participation in indoor events for senior citizens, but now wants to encourage more of them to try outdoor activities. He has suggested a “happy day per week” program that would combine indoor and outdoor activities, including tours of historic districts and specialty snack producers or other activities that allow seniors to have some fun in the sun. He suggested introducing residents to attractions such as the historic Lin Family Mansion and Garden, the Fuzhong 15 Documentary Cinema, Yingge Township (鶯歌), which is known for its pottery and ceramics industry, and the old gold mines of Jinguashi (金瓜石).