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Groundbreaking Ceremony of Hot Spring Industry Demonstration Zone in Maolin District, Kaohsiung City

  • 更新時間:2018/08/10 14:04:01

The Council of Indigenous Peoples subsidized the Kaohsiung City Government to handle “Substantial Development of Indigenous Peoples Hot Spring Industry Demonstration Zone”. Today (19th), the “Groundbreaking Ceremony of Hot Spring Industry Demonstration Zone in Maolin District, Kaohsiung City” was held, and the Council and Hsu, Li-Ming, Deputy Mayor of Kaohsiung City and other distinguished guests were present at the Ceremony.

The Council stated that, after Morakot Typhoon in 2009, the hot springs in Kaohsiung suffered from great loss. According to the statistical data, there used to be 200,000 visitors each year, but the number significantly reduced for the hot springs being buried after the typhoon, which greatly pummeled the tourism of Maolin District. Therefore, for prospering the industrial development of Maolin District, the Council approved “Hot Spring Industry Demonstration Zone in Maolin District, Kaohsiung City” in 2016 to support the plan of setting up hot spring demonstration zone in Lovers’ Square in Maolin District initiated by Kaohsiung City Government. It was expected to create the featured themes and drive the hot spring tourism by coming up with theme of tribal hot spring ,cultivating the concept of tribal participation and living environment reform and inspiring the creativity and potential; moreover, it was also encouraged to establish tourism and marketing platforms to connect the surrounding scenic spots, and guide the development and research of peripheral products of hot spring (including foods); such also tutors the hot spring operation of Indigenous Peoples, development of cultural and creative products, guides of high mountains, commentator of hot springs as well as promoting the travel experience package while considering the nature. The total expenditure was estimated to be NT$89,540,000 (the total expenditure for today’s construction reached NT$37,580,000) in the hope that the local economic development could be promoted by the tourists for hot springs.

The Council further mentioned that Maolin District boasted rich Rukai cultures and the well-known euploea orontobates apart from the premium hot springs. With such advantages, the special scenic spots for attracting tourists were deemed to be created if they were made good use and well marketed. In addition, the Council would also take more active part in integrating the tourism resources in hot spring zones and the indigenous tribes. Meanwhile, the Council would support Kaohsiung City Government to jointly promote “Rehabilitation of Kaohsiung’s Hot Spring Zone Development and Access Road Building Plan”. On one hand, it jointly creates the employment opportunity of indigenous people and increases the revenues; on the other hand, it creates economic benefits of the tribes via hot springs.

The Groundbreaking Ceremony started with the blessing ritual of Rukai Peoples which consisted of traditional melodic music performed by Rukai Song Team from Maolin Elementary School as well as the ritual for respecting the Heaven full of Indigenous style, raising the curtain of construction of Maolin Hot Spring Industry Demonstration Zone. At the same time, it was also hoped that the ancestors could bless for the success of the construction. Moreover, it was also expected that the hot spring could drive the local tourism industry. There was an exhibition of hot spring R & D products on the spot.

Contact Personnel~ the Council of Indigenous Peoples: SU, YI-ZENG /0936067877