文/圖: 財金系 鄭伊婷
文/圖: 電機系 謝欣展
The One-day Tour this semester was held in Taipei on Mar. 10th. The student ambassadors organized five different routes, Tamsui, Ximen, Xinyi, Songshan, and Dongmen. I was in the group of route 1, Tamsui. We first went to National Palace Museum in Shilin. It was my third visit, and I should be familiar with the ceramics arts and jade arts, which I’ve seen so many times in history books. However, there’s a room exhibiting beautiful porcelain from the Ming dynasty, and I was asked a simple, straightforward question, "Why are the patterns on most porcelain blue?” I couldn’t explain it well until I read through some English articles about “china blue”. China blue is a specific word for the blue color of porcelain. It’s not only a special pigment for making the blue-and-white porcelain, but in Chinese culture, there are a lot of metaphors using the color, blue. It represents the season of spring, symbolizing longevity, growth, and advancement in Chinese culture.
After the National Palace Museum, we went to the Tamsui Old Street. As many Taiwanese know, there’s a famous Turkish ice cream store around the old street. The exchange students from France were very surprised to see it. Not that it’s their first time seeing a Turkish ice cream vendor, though; in fact, there are a lot of Turkish living in France, but they didn’t know Turkish ice cream is also popular in Taiwan.
I really like the One-day Tour event, and I hope that more people participate in the activity in the future, so that we get to learn about our cultures from another culture’s point of view. And the most important of all is that we can make good friends and enjoy a meaningful trip at the same time.
發行人: 國際長 許協隆