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President-elect Tsai Ing-wen's ancestral home attracting tourists

2016/01/17 19:04:08

Taipei, Jan. 17 (CNA) A small fishing village in southern Taiwan's Pingtung County is attracting considerable attention lately thanks to Taiwan's newly elected president Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文).

Fenggang Village (楓港) in Pingtung County's Fangshan Township (枋山鄉) is where Tsai's ancestral home is located. Her father and grandfather are from Fangshan Township but she was born in Taipei.

After she won the presidential election on Saturday, Tsai's extended family members hung a sign near the Tsai residence, reading "The historic residence of President Tsai Ing-wen" to guide curious visitors to the two-story house.

Tourists could be seen posing in front of the house on Sunday, and township head Hung Chi-neng (洪啟能) said he hoped Tsai's presidency could boost tourism, commercial development and jobs in the rural township.

People have to pass through Fangshan to get to the scenic Kenting area in the south and Taitung County in the east, but they often overlook the township, Hung said.

"We hope that this rural, poor and often neglected township will draw attention" after Tsai becomes president, he said.

He hoped that the coastal areas in the township could be better developed to draw tourists, noting that Fangshan is also known for its mangoes, onions and fish seedlings.

To capitalize on the presidential buzz, a community development association in Fenggang is planning to launch a one-day tour of Tsai's ancestral hometown.

The tour will guide travelers to the Tsai residence, a school library donated by Tsai's father Tsai Chieh-sheng (蔡潔生), a bird museum and other local attractions, according to the association.

(By Lee Hsi-chang and Christie Chen)