Mar 30, 2018 General Comments Off on Taiwan’s president visits Hualien, sends a postcard to her cat
Taipei, President Tsai Ing-wen (???) wrote a postcard to her cat at Taiwan's one and only mobile post office in Yuli Township in Hualien County on Friday during a two-day tour to help boost tourism in the wake of a deadly earthquake that jolted the county in early February.
The magnitude 6.0 earthquake that hit Hualien on Feb. 6 killed 17 people and left 291 injured. One of the effects of the quake has been its impact on tourism in the county, its main source of income.
According to the Hualien County government data, the county saw 517,344 persons visiting its recreation areas in February, which was a decrease of 136,547 from the previous month.
In the postcard to her tabby Think Think (???), Tsai wrote "I am now in Hualien and will take you back here to your hometown next time for a visit."
Think Think was originally a stray cat from the county's Hsiulin Township.
The event could be seen live on Tsai's official Facebook account.
Due to the inconvenience of Yuli's transportation facilities in the past, the post office was converted into a mobile postal bus to provide public postal and banking services. It has become a cultural asset for the area.
Tsai, along with a media delegation, embarked on a tour that will take place over Friday and Saturday in Hualien. She has so far visited famous shops, while taking in the scenery and experiencing local activities.
The trip began with Tsai visiting the Amis Mochi tourist factory where she praised the tasty delicacy and spent NT$4,000 (US$137.36) buying mochi while encouraging accompanying media personnel to also make purchases.
Later on her Facebook page, Tsai posted: "I came and didn't even eat breakfast all for the handmade mochis which tasted really good."
The delegation also visited Niushan and enjoyed making local handicrafts at Lala Ban banana strand weaving workshop.
Tsai said that "the government will continue to work on Hualien's post-disaster reconstruction" and invited people to visit Hualien more often and to support the county.
On March 23-24, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (???) organized a group of foreign ambassadors and representatives based in Taiwan to visit Hualien in hopes they will help encourage their nationals to visit the county.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel
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