Jingning Stone Oyster Cultural Festival Undraped
Activities of the Seventh "Jingning Township Stone Oyster Cultural Festival" took place on the 11th and 12th of April. Multitudes(2) in the thousands visited the oyster field of Guningtou to shuck(3) and taste oysters and enjoy the views and cultural banquets of an oyster village.
Township mayor Li Wen-Jun presided over the opening ceremony, which included lion dances and various performances. The two-day festivities(4) included: "Oyster Dishes Fair," "Stone Oyster Product Sales Carnival(5)," "Stone Oyster Creative Cooking Contest," "Karaoke Competition," historical landmark tour, stone oyster information exhibition, king crab appreciation, family tree exhibition, display of accomplishments over the years, display of winning photography and artistic paintings.
The key events, "One Thousand People Experiencing Oyster Shucking Together" and "Oyster Lifting with a Pole," took place on the 12th from 9:00AM to 11:00AM at the path lead to Beishan Beach and Beishan Breakwater.(6) For "One Thousand People Experiencing Oyster Shucking Together" each participant was given 30 minutes to shuck the oyster and was allowed to take the oysters home.
The annual event invigorated(7) the normally simple, quiet "Oyster Village" of Guningtou with its deluge(8) of enthusiastic people.
Furthermore, Jingning Township Village Administration rented a mid-size bus from the Bus Management Office of Kinmen to take visitors to the oyster fields to enjoy the unique landscapes of the stone oyster forest. The Fisheries Research Institute staff were invited to serve as tour guides to explain the landscape of the oyster village, and to lead visitors into the oyster field from the Beishan stone oyster forest. Arrangements were also made for visitors to view the birds, king crabs and vanilla, to appreciate more deeply the beauty of the oyster village. Jingning Township Village Administration also arranged for the western management station of Kinmen National Park to furnish bikes to visitors.
Jingning Township Village Administration Mayor Li Wen-Jun plans to boost local tourism via industry by attracting tourists and locals to view and experience the unique ecology, old battlefield and southern Fujian architecture of Jingning Township.