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NSLI-Y Students Travel to Meinong and Qishan

posted 21 Jan 2014, 00:15 by Logan Krusac
In mid-January the students traveled to the pristine towns of Qishan and Meinong, about 45 minutes outside of the city. Their first stop was Qishan, where the students toured Taiwan’s largest Confucian Temple and explored the “old street,” an avenue of homes, restaurants, and shops constructed during the Japanese occupation. After leaving Qishan, our next destination was Meinong. 

Founded during the 17th century, Meinong was originally inhabited by people of the Hakka ethnicity who emigrated from mainland China beginning in the 1600s. Today, about 90% of its 40,000 residents are Hakka. With more than 300 years of history, the town has developed its own culture, traditions, and products. The most iconic products are Meinong’s paper umbrellas and clay pottery. While in Meinong, the NSLI-Y students had the opportunity to paint paper umbrellas. Besides Meinong handicrafts, the students also indulged in some of the local delicacies, namely “ban tiao.” Ban tiao are noodles made of a rice-based liquid that is poured into square pans, steamed over boiling water, and finally cut into long strips. Our lunch was followed by a lengthy bike ride along the fields and streams of the rural town. After a long day of making artwork, cycling, and trying new foods, we made a final stop at Meinong’s East Gate, one of the oldest standing structures in the town.  As we prepared to leave, the students were already planning their next trip to this majestic town of endless fields surrounded by mountain peaks.

Qishan Confucian Temple

Garrett focusing on his work

Emily's final product

The Meinong East Gate