The 2017 Yilan Green Expo (宜蘭綠色博覽會) was held at Dongshan River Ecoark (冬山河生態綠舟) by the Yilan County Government in northeast Taiwan from April 1 to May 14, 2017. Featuring the concepts of ecology, green energy, green industry, and environmental education, the Yilan Green Expo has played an important role in promoting environmental education and ecological preservation in Taiwan.
Please watch this video of the 2017 Yilan Green Expo:
The annual Yilan Green Expo has been held since 2000, and the Expo this year was focused on “practice (實踐)” and “experience (體驗),” while those from 2001 to 2016 were centered on “enlightenment (思想初開)” and “initiation (倡議).”
The Expo emphasized the hope that “coexistence (共存),” “symbiosis (共生),” and “sharing (共構)” between humans and the Earth can be instilled in the human heart.
The entrance was highlighted by the main visual design made of 24 tons of driftwood. With special lighting, it had different color effects in daytime and nighttime.
Visitors could gain insight into the importance of environmental protection, eco-friendly crop rotation, eco-friendly living, healthier and safer consumption, and famine and food crises by visiting the expo and participating in its activities.
The “Starting Green Life” Pavilion (綠色啟航) was the main pavilion of the Expo. With various types of demonstrations by means of interactive devices or simulations, the pavilion allowed visitors to understand the food crisis facing many regions in the world, and how humanity is solving these problems with modern technologies.
This pavilion also showcased the resolve to protect the Earth and achieve the ultimate goal of a “green lifestyle.”
The Expo was divided into five theme parks: The Art of the Earth (大地藝術), the Green Village (綠色聚落), the Green Arena (綠競場), the Dongshan River Ecoark (生態綠舟), and Indigenous Green Aquatic Paradise (水源綠境).
In the Art of the Earth Park (大地藝術區), the “Canvas of the Earth (大地畫布)” was another main exhibit of the Expo. It was made from colorful rice crops, presenting an image of ducks and buffalo boarding a green ark.
The Green Village Park (綠色聚落區) was where the main pavilion was located. Within the park was the Tea House, where visitors could sit with a tea specialist to experience the processing, sorting, and tasting of the fragrant Yilan tea.
At the Green Arena Park (綠競場區), there were various zones featuring local vegetables, such as Water Chestnut (灣灣菱角), Water Bamboo (筊白筍), and Water Spinach (水空心菜).
Another highlight was the Ripple Mazes at the Dongshan River Ecoark (生態綠舟區). They were built in the form of bamboo sheds, which are similar to the melon sheds located at a nearby train station. The artwork combines images of moving water and a maze.
The three ripple mazes were constructed by a local artist and consisted of over 10,000 bamboo strips from 2,000 bamboo plants. Every path in the maze was a unique experience for visitors.
At the Indigenous Green Aquatic Park (水源綠境區), there were traditional Kavalan (噶瑪蘭)-style houses and various aquatic plants. Visitors could experience the lives of the Kavalan people and their unique wetland culture.