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Mid-Autumn Festival (Moon) Festival in Taiwan

In many cultures, the moon is a popular subject, often associated with romantic characteristics. Its waning, waxing, bright shining or total disappearance has inspired poets around the world since early mankind started watching natural phenomena. Chinese people celebrate the most beautiful full moon of the year around early September, as a joyful gathering with family and friends. The legends behind tells about a beautiful woman, a rabbit, and a man on the moon who chops a laurel tree.

Chang- E is the name of a beautiful woman, who married Hou-Yi, the heroic shooter of nine suns out of ten, so there is only the one left that we see now. One day, Hou-Yi obtained a pill of immortality but Chang-E took it, swallowed it and flew to the moon. Here she lives, with the Moon Rabbit pounding the mortar, and a woodcutter relentlessly chopping a magic laurel tree, which immediately grows back to its original shape.

Traditionally, delicious moon cakes and Pomelos are consumed during the Moon Festival. In recent years, it has become popular in Taiwan to have barbecues.

CCU volunteers’ help disaster-struck Kaoshiung

Chinese Culture University’s College of Environmental Design has formed a volunteers’ consultations service group in support of the reconstruction of the Kaoshiung disaster area which had been hit by multiple enormous gas explosions recently. In the evening of July 31, several roads in downtown Kaohsiung were torn open by blasts taking 30 lives and injuring over 300 others. 12,000 military and Coast Guard personnel joined in the following rescue missions and relief operations, and the Ministry of Economic Affairs' (MOEA) also provided water pumps to bring relief to the rain-induced floods setting in after the incident. The Kaoshiung government tries hard in recovering the city that thrives mainly on heavy industries. The calamity had drawn international attention and media coverage. In support of recovering from the catastrophe, the capital has started an initiative inviting specialist teams from Taiwan’s universities to engage in the reconstruction of downtown Kaohsiung. Among these, CCU College of Environmental Design’s Department of Landscape Design, Department of Communal and Environmental Planning, Department of Architecture and others have joined the efforts by establishing two companies offering expert advice. In a first visit since August 17 and in close collaboration with local task forces, the teams are investigating the situation on-site. Six main fields of activity have been identified:

(1) Priority is on keeping the original equipment intact, (2) Re-establishment of daily thoroughfare, (3) Installation of temporary stabilizing safety constructions, (4) Control and stabilization of pits and declining neighborhood grounds, (5) Re-design of the pipeline, streets and green belt grounds, (6) Creation of a “re-born green city network” including the re-definition of industrial zones.