Sketch of Archilife Study Tour, August 2015
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For the tour of August 1, 2015, Ms. Lu Ming-yun led 13 ARF interns and their parents on a tour to Dashu Wetland and San-he Tile Kiln. At the start of the day's activities, team leader Ms. Lu Ming-yun reminded everyone about things to note and what to observe, and gave the interns some background knowledge.
The first leg of the morning's itinerary was the traditional charcoal kilns in the Dashu District of Kaohsiung. Cradled amidst an abundance of forest resources, the area once had the highest concentration of kilns in Taiwan. However, as time goes by and the environment changes, there are now only two charcoal makers left retaining the primitive way of making charcoal. The tour guide led everyone to the kiln to watch the manufacturing of charcoal. He showed how the arrangement of the logs facilitates heat circulation during the carbonizing process and explained that the color of smoke coming out from the top of the kiln is used to assess the progress of the carbonization, furthering everyone's knowledge on charcoal production. The second leg of the morning's itinerary was the nearby Dashu Wastewater Treatment Plant. The newly built wastewater treatment plant not only processes household wastewater but also sanitizes it, effectively alleviating pollution level in the Gaoping River Basin. During the tour, the plant manager and technical personnel personally explained the wastewater treatment process, and the operating principle and method of each machine. At the end of the tour, the interns even experienced getting water from the sewer from witnessing for themselves how the wastewater was treated and turned into clear, odorless and clean water. The surprise-filled experience left a deep impression in everyone's mind.
Lunch was taken in the cool shade of the Old Railroad Bridge Education Wetland Zone. After lunch, everyone walked to the nearby Known-You nursery. It apart from preserving and restoring crops, flowers, seeds and seedlings around the world, the company also actively develop new species. The tour guide used teaching boards to explain Know-You Seed Company's achievement in improving plant varieties. The myriad variety of fruits and vegetables, and various methods of naming them, were an eye-opening experience for everyone. The next destination of itinerary was San-he Tile Kiln. San-he Tile Kiln is a Class-III historical relic of the Kaohsiung area and one of top hundred architectural wonders in Taiwan. It is currently run by fifth generation owners. During the tour, everyone visited the actual kiln area and tour guide explained the meaning and characteristics of different tiles in traditional buildings. Finally, everyone had a tour around the Old Railroad Bridge Education Wetland Zone. The tour guide introduced the history of the old and new bridges, and plants unique to the wetland, helping everyone gain useful knowledge. At this point, the day's itinerary came to an end. Everyone boarded the bus to Taipei after taking a group photo and looked forward to the next study tour.