Lions Clubs International District 300A1 and Taipei City Government Donate Books to Kinmen County Government
Magistrate Li Zhu Feng accepted on behalf of Kinmen County Government a joint presentation of five sets of "A Collection of the Visual History of Taiwan" from Lions Clubs International District 300A1 and Department of Cultural Affairs, Taipei City Government. The NT$180,000 collection is a set of ten volumes that contain detailed records of the history and culture of the struggle and endeavors(1) of the Taiwanese forebears(2) over the past centuries.
The presentation ceremony took place at 4:30pm on May 10 at the Multimedia Briefing Room in Kinmen County Hall. Magistrate's Secretary Xu Jia Fa, Education Bureau Director Li Zai Hang and more than twenty members of Lions Clubs International were present at the ceremony. Magistrate Li, representing the county government, accepted the five sets of books from the Governor Jiang Bao Zhu, Lions Clubs International District 300A1 and presented porcelain and Kaoliang liquor in return as gifts to show his gratitude as well as to welcome the guests.
In his speech, Magistrate Li said that Kinmen focused on the development of culture and tourism. The more the visitors to Kinmen, the better the opportunities for the development of Kinmen's tourism and economy. Therefore, to encourage more people to visit, he wondered if it was a good idea to grant "Honorary(3) County Citizenship" to people after a certain number of visits. The suggestion was well received by the Lions Clubs members.
Li added that people were now more willing to travel to China through Kinmen after expansion of the Mini-Three-Links. Compared to going through Hong Kong, Macao or elsewhere, it saved time and money. Apparently, a policy could have great influence on local development.
Governor Jiang Bao Zhu said, the Lions Clubs International cared about offshore islands and the book donation was an expression of their concern about Kinmen. She hoped the students in Kinmen could learn through these books and understand more of Taiwan's history and culture. At the same time, she also congratulated the people of Kinmen on the progress they made in recent years under the leadership of Magistrate Li.
Kinmen had turned from a war zone into a celebrated(4) tourist destination. The Lions Clubs members expressed that the change of Kinmen had been amazing and there appeared to be plenty of opportunities here. They would be interested in making investments in Kinmen in the future to help with Kinmen's progress and prosperity. They added that cultural assets were always precious and priceless, and Kinmen had many valuable assets. They would visit again to make cultural exchanges.
The delegation from Lions Clubs International District 300A1 planned to spend three days in Kinmen. They would be visiting various places to witness the charms of Kinmen.