The World Night View Summit took place on Friday last week, hosted by the Yakei Convention and Visitors Bureau in Nagasaki, Japan. With a decade since the previous one, the international summit selects three new spectacular night vistas from around the world. Last Friday’s summit saw the establishment of a new “World Night View Heritage” certification, with the Taiwan Lantern Festival selected as one of 10 heritage night vistas.
The summit was attended by 150 representatives from the tourism industries of 10 countries, including Japan, Taiwan, Spain, Monaco and Hungry.
The “World Night View Heritage” certification was established to recognize places or events with beautiful night views. In addition to the Taiwan Lantern Festival, the certification was also awarded to nine other nightscapes outside of Japan, including Gellert Hill in Hungary and the historic ruins of Ayutthaya in Thailand.
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Taiwan Tourism Interchange Association consultant Chiang Ming-ching told attendees of the summit that the Taiwan Lantern Festival is Taiwan’s largest celebratory event. Chiang said that the 2019 Taiwan Lantern Festival, which was held in Pingtung County, featured thousands of brightly-colored decorative lanterns which studded the night-time sky with beautiful illuminations. Chiang explained that the lantern festivals were originally held on the 15th day of the first month of the lunar year to celebrate the end of the Spring Festival. People traditionally let off firecrackers and fireworks to bring good luck and avoid calamity, said Chiang. During the1990s, temples across Taiwan began to combine their individual decorative lanterns displays in a single location, forming lantern festivals. The displays gradually increased in scale and began to feature innovative “main lantern” designs, said Chiang.
(CNA, translated by Edward Jones)
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Photo: CNA 照片：中央社
Retired teacher Sunny Hsu majored in advertising design and he is a former director of general affairs of National Keelung Commercial and Industrial Vocational Senior High School. His mother is in her 80s and suffered a brain injury that prevents her from expressing her thoughts clearly, so in 2018 he decided to go back to his hometown Penghu County to look after her, returning to Keelung for one week of each month to visit his wife and daughter. Being a keen photographer, when Hsu is staying in Penghu he often hops on a bus and goes around taking photos of
I’m preparing for my graduation project (5/5) 我正在準備畢業專題（五） A: Congratulations! You successfully completed the presentation of your research paper today. B: Thanks. Now, all that’s left is the product display tomorrow. A: What products is the graduating class going to display this year? B: Our class has chosen several extremely popular products: beer, masks and chocolate. Want to come? A: 恭喜你！今天的研究報告發表順利結束。 B: 謝啦，現在只剩下明天的商品展示。 A: 今年的畢業班要展示哪些商品？ B: 我們班挑選了啤酒、口罩、巧克力，都是蠻受歡迎的產品，你要來參觀嗎？ （Translated by Edward Jones, Taipei Times／台北時報張聖恩） Audio recordings for Speak Up! dialogues will be suspended until further notice due to the pandemic.
I’m preparing for my graduation project (3/5) 我正在準備畢業專題（三） A: Once you’ve written up the results, the paper is finished, right? B: Not yet: the final component is a discussion and the conclusion. A: It sounds really complex. B: This final section is the most important part of the research paper! A: 寫完研究結果，報告應該就完成了吧？ B: 還沒完，最後還有結果討論和研究結論。 A: 聽起來好複雜。 B: 這部分可是研究報告的重點呢！ （Translated by Edward Jones, Taipei Times／台北時報張聖恩） Audio recordings for Speak Up! dialogues will be suspended until further notice due to the pandemic.
I’m preparing for my graduation project (4/5) 我正在準備畢業專題（四） A: Once you’ve finished writing the research paper for the graduation project, the presentation should be a piece of cake, right? B: Wrong: the presentation is even harder. My teacher has required that each group delivers its presentation in English. I’m almost a nervous wreck already. A: As the saying goes: “Practice makes perfect!” Practice a few more times and you’ll be fine. B: I’ve been using my mobile phone to record the rehearsals to see which areas I still need to improve on. A pretty good idea, don’t you think? A: 你寫完畢業專題的研究報告後，報告發表應該不難吧？ B: 報告發表更難，我的教授要求每組要用全英文來發表，我快緊張死了。 A: 所謂「熟能生巧」！你多練習幾次就好啦。 B: 我在排練時還會用手機錄下來，再看看有沒有需要改進的地方。這主意不錯吧？ （Translated