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Renovated natural park launches rock naming campaign

2018/05/14 15:53:14

Image taken from Heping Island Park's website

Taipei, May 14 (CNA) Heping Island Park, which has been closed for over six years, will officially reopen in July, with a tourism campaign to name 10 unique rock formations in the park off the north coast, Tourism Bureau officials said Monday.

Tourists were forbidden from visiting the park, which is close to Keelung Harbor, after rockfalls were deemed to have made it unsafe, but the North Coast & Guanyinshan National Scenic Area Administration has said that safety precautions taken since it took over management of the island from Keelung Government in 2016, will allow it to reopen the park soon.

"We have made cliff areas safer and designed specific routes to avoid dangerous areas," administration official Lee Ssu-hsien (李思賢) told CNA.

Like Yehliu scenic area, the park is known for spectacular terrain as a result of marine erosion, including wave-cut benches and sea cliffs.

Seasonal winds from the northeast have also formed weathering rocks, which are now the centerpiece of a promotional campaign, asking the public to pick one of two proposed names for 10 rocks in the park.

Each rock has been given two possible names based on its shape and whether it resembles a crocodile, rhino, boar, etc., as shown on the naming website at www.hpipark.org.

Members of the public are being asked to vote for their favorite name for each rock. Voting has already started and will last until the end of May, Lee said, adding that before the park officially opens in July, the public can visit parts of the island for NT$20 (US$0.67) during trial operations.

Those who vote will have their names placed in a lottery and could win the top prize of cruise liner tickets or one of 20 passes to visit the park free of charge for a year, Lee said.

The area was chosen by U.S.-based Chinese language television network SinoVision in 2014 as one of the world's most stunning places to watch the sunrise along with South Downs in England, U.K., and Bryce Canyon in Utah, U.S.A.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)
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