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Luanshan Culture Tour 鸞山文化之旅

Office of International Affairs takes international students to Luanshan Forest Museum in Taitung on May 7, 2016. Luanshan tribe is located in Luanshan village, Yanping Township, Taitung County. The tribe well preserves the mixed species of Machilus and Ficus. The local Bunun calls ‘‘Luanshan’’ ‘‘Sazasa,’’ which means ‘‘It is the land where sugar canes can grow tall, animals are dynamic, and people can live well.’’ The proprietor Aliman and other Bunun turned the tribe into a forest museum without fences, buildings and electricity. They devote themselves to preserving the forest and promoting environment education, culture reconstruction, cross-tribe interaction, tribe tours, outdoor spiritual formation, and ecology tours.

The tour is full of all kinds of activities, including climbing trees, savoring the indigenous-style meal, pounding mochi, and experiencing Pasibutbut (Eight-part Polyphony). Apart from enjoying the beautiful Nature and tribal culture, we also express our gratitude by planting trees. On the way back to Hualien, we stop at the old Yuli Bridge. The bridge lies on the boundary between the Eurasian Plate and Philippine Sea Plate. By standing on the bridge, one can cross the two Plates. Students find it interesting and fall over themselves to take pictures.

        There are 37 international students from Indonesia, India, China, Thailand, and Mongolia, who participate in the tour. Through this activity, students get to know and interact with one another, enjoy the fascinating scenery of Hualien and Taitung, and experience the local culture.







Group picture with the Walking Trees





Students pound mochi together.




Plant a branch of Common Jasmin Orange to express gratitude to Nature.




Two students pose to show the movement of the Plates.