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Kinmen celebrates 6th anniversary of creative park

2017/05/17 20:32:39

Taipei, May 17 (CNA) A series of promotional activities have been held in Kinmen to mark the sixth anniversary of Houpu 16 Creative Park in the outlying island county.

During the sixth anniversary celebrations, which are being held May 16-21, shoppers who check in on their Facebook pages at the 11 stores in the park will be given brownie cookies, according to the park's management committee.

The committee said it hopes the six-day celebrations will spur interest in Kinmen's culture, which is well preserved in the park in Houpu Township.

The park, built around 16 traditional townhouses, was renovated in 2003 following Houpu's official designation as a national heritage site.

Before that, the buildings had become an almost forgotten relic of the past, narrowly escaping demolition by land developers who preferred the economic potential of five-star hotels.

The park is now known for products such as blown glassware, stone carvings, wooden charms and amulets, and is home to tea houses, beer gardens and unique eateries.

(By Huang Huei-min and Lee Hsin-Yin)