Date: April 14, 2016
Taiwan’s Dalin, Nanzhuang and Sanyi townships’ commitment to retaining their
distinct identities in the face of globalization and improving the quality of life of residents recently saw them earn accreditation by Italy-based Cittaslow International.
Dalin, located in southern Taiwan’s Chiayi County, is famous for its rice, orchid and sugar production. In recent years the township has rolled out a raft of Cittaslow-compatible measures aimed at cutting carbon emissions, boosting environmental education and promoting organic agriculture.
These have seen Dalin capitalize on its rustic charms to attract more holidaymakers and newlyweds seeking a special photo shooting destination. Township chief Huang Chen-yu said residents understand the value of their community’s lifestyle and are eager to share experiences with and learn from other Cittaslow members.
Nazhuang and Sanyi in northern Taiwan’s Miaoli County are leveraging their Hakka heritage to spur local tourism. Taiwan’s Hakkas began arriving from mainland China in the 16th century, and today there are about 4.6 million representing around 20 percent of Taiwan’s 23 million population. They live all over the island from north to south and renowned for their unique architectural style, cuisine and folk arts. [FULL STORY]