Indigenous culture at core of new tourism drive on Alishan

08/13/2020 10:34 PM
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Photo courtesy of the Alishan National Scenic Area Administration
Photo courtesy of the Alishan National Scenic Area Administration

Taipei, Aug. 13 (CNA) A series of new tour packages for the Alishan National Scenic Area will feature immersion in the culture of the indigenous Tsou people, who live in the mountains of southeastern Taiwan, the area's administration said Wednesday.

The packages will be promoted as "momaemaezo holiday trips," meaning learning tours, and will offer visitors an opportunity to not only enjoy the natural beauty of Alishan but also gain a firsthand experience of the Tsou tribe's way of life, the Alishan National Scenic Area Administration (ANSAA) said.

One package, for example, offers a four-day stay in a Tsou village and includes a traditional carpentry workshop, at which the participants will learn to craft handmade wood signs, the ANSAA said.

Other special attractions in the tours include feeding Formosan sika deer and stargazing, it said.

Nine Tsou elders will take part in the traditional activities, ANSAA deputy head Chen Jung-chin (陳榮欽) said, adding that the special tour packages will be available Aug. 14 to Oct. 22.

Tourists can purchase the "momaemaezo holiday trips" on the website of the Alishan National Scenic Area, starting Friday, he said.

(By Tsai Chih-ming and intern Grace Hu)

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