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Ruey Yuan students bask in natural beauty of 2012 Taipei Bloom Art

By Grace Soong--The 2012 Taipei Bloom Art (花現台北 — 爭驗再現) saw a unique group of visitors on Friday: Fourty students from Taoyuan's Ruey Yuan Elementary School (瑞原國小) enjoyed their first floriculture experience at the follow-up exhibition of the 2010 Taiwan International Flora Expo at Yuanshan's Taipei Expo Dome Pavilion (爭艷館).

“I have never seen that kind of flower before, and I think it is the most beautiful flower ever,” a 9-year-old third grader exclaimed, beaming. Upon being informed that the white flower she favored was an orchid, the girl repeated the name thoughtfully before joining her fellow students in further browsing the exhibition.

It was the Child Welfare League Foundation (CWLF, 兒童福利聯盟) and the Gold Media Group (金傳媒) that sponsored the 40 underprivileged children's trip in Taipei. Ruey Yuan is a school the CWLF has long been sponsoring, Tsai Shu-hsun (蔡澍勳), principal of the elementary school said.

As over 10 percent of Ruey Yuan's students are from single-parent households, and over 40 percent are born to non-Taiwanese mothers, these children do not get to visit ticketed exhibitions much, she said, let alone ones as dazzling as the 2012 Taipei Bloom Art.

Organized by the Gold Media Group, the floriculture exhibition has been open to the public since late December of 2011, and themes of the exhibition have changed as different holidays and festivals roll around. Having already featured Christmas, New Years, Chinese New Year, and Valentine's Day themes, the exhibit currently showcases “spring,” featuring “the Flower Gods,” a special theme in which every month of the year is represented by a god or goddess according to traditional Chinese literature, and floral displays are demonstrated in accordance.

In addition, thousands of orchids of various species are on display, and the voting for the most popular variety will close today. Having long been extolled for representing moral excellence and beauty in the Chinese culture, orchids remain a popular candidate of floriculture cultivation in Taiwan, and multiple variations of newly bred orchids awed the eager students with splendid shapes and gorgeous colors.

The students had started getting excited days before the trip, and the exhibition was totally worth it, Tsai said while smiling with gratitude for the sponsors of the fieldtrip.

After accompanying the students through the exhibit, Kuomintang Legislator Alicia Wang (王育敏) pointed out that opportunities to visit such inspiring exhibitions are rare for children from underprivileged families, and this experience will definitely broaden their horizons.

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