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Chiayi County chief solicits votes for Yushan as world wonder

Chiayi County chief solicits votes for Yushan as world wonder

Taipei, March 10 (CNA) Chiayi County Magistrate Chen Ming-wen urged the public Tuesday to vote for Yushan in the second stage of a global online vote for the new seven natural wonders of the world.
Yushan, the tallest peak in northeast Asia at 3,952 meters, is currently in first place in the "mountains, volcanoes" category in the vote for the world's new seven natural wonders organized by the Swiss-based New7Wonders Foundation.
Chen called on Taiwan's people to pitch in and support Yushan -- also known as Jade Mountain -- while taking the lead by casting his vote online.
The foundation initiated the new campaign after organizing the selection of the seven manmade wonders of the world.
In the second round of voting 261 natural sites in 222 countries, including Loch Ness in Scotland, the Grand Canyon in Arizona, Mount Fuji in Japan, the Yangtze River in China and Jeju Island in South Korea, are competing in seven categories for the title of the "New Seven Wonders of the Natural World, " Chen said.
Yushan is the only natural attraction from Taiwan to make the list of contenders in any category, and is up against Mount Everest, Mount Fuji, Mount Olympus and K2 Mountain in its mountains and volcanoes category.
The top 11 sites chosen in each of the seven categories by July 7 will then be reviewed by a panel of experts headed by Federico Mayor Zaragoza, former director-general of United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
The 21 nominees will be put to a worldwide online vote in 2010 and 2011 to select the top seven wonders in the landscape, island, mountain, cave, forest, lake and seascape categories.
Yushan, located along the boundaries of Chiayi, Nantou and Kaohsiung counties, is known for its diverse wildlife and ecology.
To boost Yushan's chances of being selected, Chen urged the public to vote for the site by visiting the Web site http://www.new7wonders.com.
(By Y.L.Kao)




Updated : 2021-04-13 07:41 GMT+08:00