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Gorgeous! Tianwei Interview Notes
Everyone gathered in front of the Township Office at 8:50 am. We prepared for the town chief interview. This is our first time to interview the town chief. Our team members were so nervous about the interview. However, the town chief is kind and passionate. He listened carefully to all our answers, and explained the history of the township development in Tianwei. He talked about the industrial revolution and future prospect as well. After the town chief interview, everyone walked backed to the Tianwei Township Farmers' Association and wished to meet the general director for an interview. The general director asked Wu from the business development dept. showed us the way to visit the farmers’ association. On the 4th floor, there is a “flower business cultural museum” can allow us to get to know Tianwei. It is an unknown place but a truly good place to visit.
After an interview with the town chief and general director of the farmers’ association in morning, we hopped into the teacher’s car and went to our next stop at the Greenway Café for an afternoon interview. We also had a good lunch at the café. Once we entered the Greenway Café, we saw the lush green garden in front of us. Inside the garden, there are plenty of flowers and trees with a variety of species. The founder of the Greenway Café, Mr. Hu Kai-Liang is the important pushing hands behind the Tianwei Roadside Garden. We saw the Tianwei Roadside Garden started from scratch.
After Mr. Hu Kai-Liang passed away, the business was taken over by the second generation. The boss lady greeted us with hospitality. She told us about the history of the township development in Tianwei, and this history of the Greenway Café.
We also had a good lunch over there. We also saw some cultural and creative products made of “flowers”. After they dyed the flowers, they sealed them off to make the flower necklaces for sales. Each flower looks different so every necklace is unique. I learned a lot from each interview and had a good day!
Today is Monday. It’s
December 21st, 2015. It happens to be the vacation added to the
school calendar to make up the school fair last Saturday.
Therefore, we took this chance to interview the town chief, the
general director, and Mr. Hu Kai-Liang’s daughter-in-law Ms.
Wang Ya-Ling. We started our day tour at 8:50am today. First, we
visited the town chief. Although we had interviewed the town
chief last year, we were still nervous! After seeing the town
chief, we asked questions one by one. The town chief answered
all our questions very carefully, and introduced us to the
history of Tianwei Township. He also made a few more remarks to
help us do our project.
Everyone dressed up in uniform to visit the
township mayor, the general director of farmers’ association,
and the boss of “Greenway Café” in Tianwei Township on December
21. After going into the town chief’s office, he made us feel at
home. He was so kind and nice. The people in the office are also
very nice. They brought us tea once we arrived at the office.
During the interview, I felt the town chief cares about
“Tianwei” so much. He wants to attract many tourists to visit
Tianwei and had fun. When our interview was half way around, the
town chief said he wished that he could help us more after
listening to our purpose of this visit. He wanted more people to
know about the place, “Tianwei”, which also allows me to figure
out how much he cares about Tianwei.
The general director told us many things about the farmers’ association. There is a small bank inside the farmers’ association where everyone can make a deposit. There is also a flower bed that covers more than 1,000 hectares of land in the surrounding area of the Roadside Garden. The landscape is beautiful. Many people like to go cycling around the flower bed; its beautiful landscape wins Tianwei the reputation known as “The Flower Town”, “Eastern Netherlands”, and “Taiwan Garden”. It was awarded as the Top 10 Classical Farmers and Fishermen’s Village in Taiwan, which is now one of the most critical tourist attractions in Taiwan.
Glancing through the lush green turfs, within the Japanese carpet grass you can see the colorful flowers planted and scattered around the field. This gardening restaurant known as the “Greenway Café” is gorgeous! The amusement facilities outside the window are very special. The chopped woods were hanged in the garden, and we stepped on the woods to walk ahead. Though it’s dangerous, that was so exciting. The old swings in the backyard create a squeezing sound once in a while, which makes the place even interesting. After walking inside the house, we had some wild vegetables and seafood rice Casserole for lunch. The cheese is rich, and it goes well with the delicious rice. And if I put them together into my mouth, it tastes sweet and sour. That could melt in my mouth.
It was a sunny day. Everyone hanged out together to interview some important person(s). This time, we interviewed the town chief of Tianwei Township. After we received hospitality from the town chief, I get to know the flower business and its business development in Tianwei.
The town chief introduced us to the geography of Tianwei
Township, its people and culture. The flower business is the
main business in this town. Its cultivation area covers 190
hectares of land, which is the earliest place in Taiwan for the
local people to grow flowers. It’s also the place with the
largest area to grow flowers. The mum’s flowers can be the
mass-produced product. The town chief has divided Tianwei
district into three areas, the central, the east, and the west
for distinguishing. Business grows fast in the central area. Its
economy thrives and business prospers. Residents from the east
and west are in a relatively weak position. Since the town chief
determined to develop the tourism business in the east and west
area, he sets up plenty of large amusement facilities in these
areas so that both places can benefit from it and start to grow
their businesses. Inside the wide office of the general
director, the distance between two sofas is about 12 meters
long. The place is big with nice atmosphere. You have to listen
very carefully so as to hear other people’s conversation. It is
such a huge and a luxurious office!
Speaking of our interview
with the town chief of Tianwei, it should be our second time to
interview him. The town chief is very kind so everyone won’t get
so nervous during the interview. On the contrary, we were kind
of looking forward to it, and thought what may be happened next.
The town chief is very patient and he answered all our questions
one by one. At the end of the interview, he even told us that if
there is anything that he could help, just go to the township
office and ask him so he might be able to help. They would also
provide some information about the history and origin of Tianwei
township. It makes us feel so grateful! Before we left, the town
chief also gave us one potted flower for each person, and
jokingly he said, make sure to keep it as a treasure, and take
good care of it!
Today we came to the Tianwei
township office to interview the town chief. Once walking into
the township office, I saw plenty of service counters to serve
the general public with their affairs. As we walked upstairs to
the second floor, the service staff led us to the office. We
finally met the town chief. The town chief was so kind that he
answered all of our questions.
I want to say thank you to mother who gave us a ride to the Tianwei Township Office. Once we arrived at the Tianwei Township Office, we saw Mr. Ke was already waiting for us over there. Our teacher warned us one more time. We were taught that we have to show our passion and respond to them with passion. After everyone arrived, we went into the office to visit the town chief. The township office personnel saw us and said our school uniform looks so beautiful. It looked very nice on us as it reveals our temperament. We were very proud of ourselves.
After walking upstairs to the second floor, the town chief welcomed us with smile. He still remembered that we had interviewed him last year. That was quite astonishing. We were just no body but the town chief remembered me. During the entire interview, its process went quite smoothly because the town chief wrote everything down for his speech in advance.
After that, we moved on to the farmers’ association to visit the general director. The general director used to teach physics at the junior high school so she spoke as if she is very well-organized. She asked us to learn how to take notes from her speech. That’s why there won’t be any handouts available for us to do the project after the interview. She wished we can learn from this interview. During the interview, we dared not to stop dropping down some notes with a pen in hand. We were afraid that we couldn’t make it right to write everything down.
After the interview, the general director asked the chief Wu, Zheng-Xian to show us around in the farmers’ association. We walked around the area from the first floor to the fifth floor. We found out that the farmers’ association not only provides a bank for people to make the deposit, but also offers plenty of other facilities including the conference hall, the convenience store, the home economics studio classroom, the industrial culture museum, and the farmers' insurance department. Every farmer is allowed to use the facilities. The aunt in the convenience store was so happy that she could have a chance to see so many students visiting the farmers’ association so she brought us some free drinks.
The last stop is the most relaxing interview we got for the day. We had lunch at the landscaping restaurant, Greenway Café and interviewed the boss lady (who is also the wife of the next generation of Mr. Hu Gai-Liang). I would like to say thank you to Wen-Xiu’s mother who bought us lunch for the day. After the interview, we played for a while inside the garden. Everyone played the slide, the wooden horse, and the seesaw, and other childhood toys. Bai-Zhuan even put himself inside the toy car but he almost got stuck in the car because he was too big to fit in.