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A Night on Shennong Street
National Palace Museum’s Exhibition
“New Waves of NPM, Tainan Traveling”
The Bird Watching Tours to Southern Taiwan
Searching My Sweet Shelters
A NIGHT ON SHENNONG STREET
Translated by Chiny-Chun Lin
Shennong Street, also known as Beshi Street in the past, is considered to be one of the
best preserved historical streets within the 'Old Five Channels Cultural Zone' in Tainan.
The port of Old Five Channels, the lifelines of Tainan, provided pivotal trade routes and
canals with the outside world for Taiwan in Qing Dynasty (1683-1895) and Shennong
Street (Beshi Street), located in the heart of densely populated harbor district, was
recognized to be the most bustling street in the area. The width of Shennong Street is
estimated to be 4 meters. Buildings erected along both sides of the street still maintain
their Qing style architecture and the Japanese interior and facade design from an early
Japanese occupation (1895-1945) till this day. A complete overhaul of the buildings on
Shennong street proved to be difficult due to the complication caused by estate
ownership. Ergo most buildings are able to preserve their original characteristics and
present traces of historical
development of the 'Old
Five Channels' in Tainan.
The surrounding area of
Shennong Street (Beshi Street)
historical sites, shops and
numerous traditional folk
activities have originated in
the vicinity. When strolling
Shennong, the atmosphere of the surrounding compels visitors to feel as if they have just
entered into a cavern of time to catch a glance at Tainan's past splendor. At present,
Various traditional or modern arts and crafts shops, established along the street, have
formed an unique gallery for night visitors to stop by. The original pebble path of
Shennong street totaling hundreds meters long in length is laid with new stonework and
the passage is now decorated with gorgeous box lanterns along the side to illuminate
the night. By nightfall, the street is lit with glimmering lights emitted from shops and street
lanterns to contrast with long silhouettes cast by the buildings creating a dazzling scene
of chiaroscuro. If the night is still young, a nighttime stroll on Shennong street is highly
recommended for everyone visiting Tainan.
NATIONAL PALACE MUSEUM
“NEW WAVES OF NPM, TAINAN TRAVELING” EXHIBITION
Translated by Heng-Jui Chang
Venue: Tainan Cultural and Creative Industries Park, No.16, Sec. 2, Beimen Rd., North
Dist., Tainan City
What might a meeting between Eastern art and Western viewpoint spark? National
Palace Museum’s interactive “New Waves of NPM, Tainan Traveling” multimedia
exhibition may have an answer. Held at the Tainan Cultural and Creative Industries Park,
the exhibition opens on October 5, and will last till November 27. It offers a refreshing
look not only at how Western artists and the younger generation in Taiwan reinterpret
the carefully preserved national treasures, but at how the two clash and dialogue with
each other. The confrontation between old and new, East and West, is sure to inspire
some of the richest, most original perspectives on the cherished artifacts.
The historic riches housed in the National Palace Museum (NPM) seldom leaves its base
in Waishuanghsi, Taipei. With the advance of technology, however, there has been
increasing demand for the NPM to become more versatile and creative. Heeding the
demand, the NPM has since 1998 created a complete digital archive of the rare books,
porcelains, jades, coins, paintings, bronzes, calligraphy, etc. of its collection. Keeping
track of the items through a computerized managing system, the digital archive
provides better hopes for sustainability in the preservation and exhibition of these
national treasures. The undertaking has inspired the curatorial team and many artists
working with new media. With the assistance of experts and through cutting-edge
technology, the program enlivens the collection with spry animations and interactive
installations. Bringing the story behind each item to the fore, the digital archive gives an
engaging new face to museum education and art appreciation.
The exhibition “New Waves of NPM, Tainan Traveling” brings NPM’s time-refined
collection across geographical barriers to people outside Taipei. The dialogue between
technology and aesthetics gives the age-old tales echoing inside the museum a
chance to travel beyond the museum walls. Residents in Tainan are invited to attend
this unique feast of classical culture, new technology, innovative concepts, and games
as NPM’s “New Waves” wash through Taiwan’s Ancient Capital.
THE BIRD WATCHING TOURS TO SOUTHERN TAIWAN
Translated by Chen-yu She
81 Black-faced Spoonbills, a type of migratory bird, have arrived in Tainan this late
September. The first wave of this endangered species have attracted bird watchers
and nature enthusiast to spend their Double-ten holiday (National day of Taiwan) in
According to the 2012 census, there are only 2963 black-faced spoonbills around the
world. The issue of this restricted population is so serious that the black-faced spoonbill
has been classified as the endangered species by IUCN in 2005. The spoonbill has been
listed as the protected species by many countries. Between October and April, over
50% of the black-faced spoonbill’s population migrates to the estuary of the Tsengwen
River in Tainan. However, spoonbill is not the only rare species to choose this wonderful
estuary as its wintering site. The unique landscape of shoals and lagoons with abundant
ecological resources make this estuary friendly to other migratory birds, for instance
Starting this October, the 2013 Black-faced Spoonbill Conservation Festival, organised
by the Tainan Wildlife Conservation Society (TWCS), aims to incite the general public to
discover and love this endangered
ecological study of this area. The
TWCS welcomes everyone to join
the event, “2013 Cycling for Blackfaced Spoonbill,” which takes
Spoonbills Reserve on November 9th.
Other than conventional bird
watching event, the organiser
combines cycling, bird watching
and sightseeing to provide a new
experience of bird watching tour.
Location: Qigu Black-faced Spoonbills Reserve
Organisers: Tainan City Government, Tainan Wildlife Conservation Society
SEARCHING MY SWEET SHELTERS
Translated by Jeffery Kao
Location: Tsung-Yeh Arts and Cultural Center
01 Color Search Engine
Artist / 陳怡潔
Equipment: Camera or cellphone
Description: Colors are everywhere. When they are used in arts, they usually have
different meanings or convey different types of feelings. Therefore, we tend to ignore
the message they send when they are applied on other things. The purpose of the
Color Search event is to help people look at the environment through colors again.
1. Introduce the style of the artist and the characteristics of different colors.
2. Form groups of 2-3. Each team picks one color, and shoots 20-30 photos of the
arts in Tsung-Yeh Arts and Cultural Center with the color on it.
3. Create a blog regarding the photography.
4. Share the photographs among students.
02 Club Sweet
Artist / 黃建樺
Equipment: scissors, knifes, magazines, newspaper,
Description: To create an image of sweetness in
Montage style from magazines and newspaper.
1. What is Montage?
2. Cut and collect images from magazines and
3. Put the pieces into an image of its own club