Taichung schools smash book record

Staff writer, with CNA

Sat, Apr 20, 2013 - Page 3

A pop-up book created by students and teachers in Greater Taichung set a new Guinness World Record yesterday.

The book, which portrays a family of four touring 148 scenic spots in Taichung, including Wuchi Fishing Harbor (梧棲漁港) and Dajia Jenn Lann Temple (大甲鎮瀾宮), has 296 pages and measures 106m when the pages are arranged side-by-side, setting the record for the longest pop-up book, as well as the record for the most people involved in its creation.

The book was created by 250 students and teachers from 63 junior-high and elementary schools in Taichung, who responded to a request from Taichung Municipal Hui Wen Elementary School.

Addressing the accreditation ceremony, Taichung Mayor Jason Hu (胡志強) said that the previous record for the longest pop-up book was set in the Czech Republic, and was 9m.

“It’s quite a feat for this collective creation in Taichung to achieve a length of 106m,” Hu said.

When the 250 teachers and students delivered the book for accreditation, the record official checked the book page by page, with Hu serving as a guide to introduce the scenery on each page.

Weng Chien-chi (翁健棋), a student at Taichung’s Wenguang Elementary School, said he was responsible for the design of the theme for the Wuchi Fishing Harbor section and spent many late nights over the past six months studying the structures and angles of the ships.

“It has been hard, but it’s been fun to be able to join others to set a Guinness world record,” Weng said.