‘Romantic highway’ project to boost Hakka industries

  • Date: 2016-07-14
  • Source: Office of Information Services, Executive Yuan

At  the  Cabinet  meeting  today,  Premier  Lin  Chuan  was  briefed  by  the  Hakka  Affairs  Council  (HAC)  on  its  “Romantic  Provincial  Highway  3”  project  that  will  turn  a  stretch  of  the  highway  into  a  picturesque  route  of  Hakka  culture  and  history.  This  national  flagship  project,  one  of  President  Tsai  Ing-wen’s  campaign  platforms,  will  cover  16  Hakka  communities  along  the  highway,  linking  up  their  economies,  ecologies  and  cultural  landscapes,  Lin  pointed  out.

The  HAC  outlined  the  project’s  concrete  measures  in  three  major  areas:
1. Highlighting  Hakka  culture:  
Conducting  surveys  and  research  on  the  cultural  landscape  of  Hakka  settlements,  instituting  and  promoting  Hakka  slow-living  concepts,  renewing  Hakka  artisan  culture,  establishing  platforms  and  sites  for  Hakka  arts  and  cultural  creativities,  and  fostering  and  marketing  the  romantic  imagery  of  Provincial  Highway  3.

2. Revamping  the  environment:
Sprucing  up  scenic  stretches  of  Provincial  Highway  3,  setting  up  Hakka  cultural  and  educational  as  well  as  industrial  bases,  giving  a  cultural  look  to  traditional  Hakka  villages,  and  creating  low-carbon  transportation  networks.

3. Developing  industries:
Cultivating  and  training  industrial  talents,  assisting  and  developing  Hakka  cultural  industrial  hubs,  developing  and  marketing  Hakka  specialty  themes  for  tourism,  instituting  support  systems  for  young  people  to  return  and  start  up  businesses,  and  using  technology  to  enhance  tourism  experiences.