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Tree planting drive to be launched as way to boost Penghu's tourism

Tree planting drive to be launched as way to boost Penghu's tourism

The Penghu Clan Association in Taipei City is set to launch a tree-planting drive on the outlying island of Penghu shortly to help boost the island's tourism.
Kao Chien-wen, chairman of the Penghu Clan Association in Taipei, claimed that the "only viable way" of bolstering Penghu's tourism in autumn and winter - difficult seasons for conventional tourism due to the inclement weather - is to plant trees to green the islands and make them appeal to visitors.
Kao said that despite Penghu's white sand beaches, emerald sea and beautiful scenery, the island group attracts in winter less than one-fourth of the tourists who visit in spring and summer.
He called for Penghu natives who live on Taiwan proper or people who have visited Penghu before - Taiwan citizens or foreign nationals - to each donate NT$2,000 (US$61.73) for each tree to be planted on the islands.
The donated trees, which will carry the donors' names and the date of planting, will be taken care of by caregivers on a daily basis as part of a long-term care project, Kao added.
There are about 1 million Penghu natives who live permanently on Taiwan proper.
Kao, who was scheduled to depart for Penghu the following day to officially launch the tree-planting drive, said the first-stage of the tree planting job is scheduled to be held in the Penghu capital of Makung January 18-19, with ensuing planting to be carried out regularly each year between October and March.


Updated : 2021-05-17 18:42 GMT+08:00