By: Hsiao Po-yang and Elizabeth Hsu
Taipei, Dec. 20 (CNA) The annual plum blossom season in the Xinyi
township of Nantou County opened Sunday, with people invited to join a series of celebratory activities.
Vice President Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) celebrated the beginning of the plum blossom season in the day along with the locals at the Dream Works of the Mei (梅子夢工廠), a winery run by the Xinyi Township Association of Farmers. Mei means plum in Chinese.
Wu also presided over a luck-praying ceremony for an 80-year-old plum tree in the winery area. Addressing the event, he suggested the county integrate the tourism with agriculture to boost its overall economic development.
In Xinyi Township (信義鄉) of the land-locked county in central Taiwan, plum trees cover areas spanning over 800 hectares in total, mainly concentrating in Fengguidou (風櫃斗), Wusonglun (烏松崙) and Niuchoukeng (牛稠坑). Each winter, people swarmed in to see plum blossoms every weekends. [FULL STORY]