Thousands of elderly pack onto Kenting beach for bikini event
CNATAIPEI--Over 2,000 elderly men and women, dressed in bikinis and swimsuits, sunbathed on Kenting's white sand beach Saturday in an event aimed at encouraging senior citizens to pursue activities normally associated with the youth.
September 29, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
The participants, with some sporting bikinis they had designed, played volleyball and other beach games with the help of younger volunteers before some of them rode with local Harley-Davidson owners on a trip along the beach to enjoy the sunset.
Yang Lin A-kuei, 66, came all the way from Sanxia, New Taipei in the north to the Kenting 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 for the first time to promote the southernmost county's image as a place, with its abundant sunshine and warmer weather, suitable for the elderly to live in.
Wang Chiu-chang, 86, who came from Central Taiwan's Taichung City with his 65-year-old wife, said a group of elderly people wearing bikinis and swimsuits on the beach was “a cool thing.”
“Elder people are not supposed to put limits on themselves,” he added.
The beach event was not only attended by local senior citizens but guests from overseas.
Peter Starr, a Discovery Channel producer from the United States, and a group of elderly motorcyclists who came with Starr for a trip around Taiwan earlier this week, also joined the beach event.
Starr led more than 10 U.S. elderly riders to Taiwan Wednesday to meet with their Taiwanese counterparts, who had gained worldwide fame after completing a round-island ride in 2007, before jointly setting out on a trip to Hualien, Taichung and Pingtung.