Puli’s Paper Dome

Paper Church Trip
Puli’s Paper Dome [紙教堂] traces its origins to the to the 6.8 magnitude earthquake which stuck Kobe, Japan in 1995 and took the lives of over 6,000 people.  Architect Shigeru Ban decided to build a church made out of inexpensive, recycled materials when he saw worshipers holding services in the rubble of the Takatori Church.  The church was transported to Puli’s Taomi Village [桃米村], which is near the epicenter of the 921 Earthquake of 1999 as a symbol of solidarity between Japan and Taiwan.  This once poor village has since reinvented itself a popular eco-tourism destination and is an excellent example of conservation-based post-disaster recovery.
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Puli’s Guangxing Paper Mill

Guangxing Paper Mill [廣興紙寮]
Puli’s paper industry traces its origin to the period of Japanese occupation.  Puli’s unique climate and exceptional water quality made it an ideal place for paper manufacturing.  At its peak, Puli’s handmade paper industry had over fifty mills.  Now, only six remain.  Upon arriving at the Guangxing Paper Mill [廣興紙寮] we were given a tour of the facilities and a thorough explanation on paper-making.  Once the tour was completed we took part in a small DIY-project.
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2008 Nantou Flower Festival

2008 Nantou Flower Festival
The 2008 Nantou Flower Festival [2008 南投花卉嘉年華] started on December 6, 2008 and runs through today.  Held on Puli’s Dapingding [大坪頂], we went to the event on a weekday so there were no crowds at all.  This is the twelfth year this event has been held and is its largest yet.
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