Yunlin plans May tree planting, cycling, banquet
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Yunlin County Magistrate Su Chih-fen and about 50 business and industry leaders have jointly invited people and cyclists from around the nation to plant trees along the Zhuoshui River and take part in a large-scale banquet on May 5 to honor Mother Nature and improve the natural environment in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Shilo Bridge spanning the river.
February 3, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
Su said that Yunlin in southwestern Taiwan has long been a major supply center of agricultural products and Zhuoshui River, aka Choshui River, has played a key role for the thriving agriculture industry for more than a center.
The river, the longest in Taiwan, also passes the counties of Taichung, Nantou, and Changhua.
The Shilo Bridge is the largest steel bridge in the Far East and has also been voted the most beautiful highway bridge on the island.
Su said the events on May 5 are for the purpose of raising environmental awareness because the river is like a mother to Yunlin residents.
Thousands of cyclists are expected to join a 26.5-kilometer ride while many will plant trees to help slash carbon emissions and improve air quality for residents to help contain the pollution and environmental damage caused by one of the nation's large petrochemical complexes.
After the events, the county will host a huge banquet right on the bridge in a bid to set a new world record.
County officials expect more than 10,000 people will show up for the outdoor dinner.
Su also invited people in Taiwan and from abroad to visit the cultural heritage sites and sceneries in the county, including a historic market that has been the setting for some popular movies made in Taiwan.
Yunlin is also famous for delicate foods and dishes made of rice. Practicing martial arts is highly common among both youngsters and adults in the county.