Sketch of Archilife Study Tour, August 2018
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  For the study tour of August 18, 2018, Ms. Lu Ming-yun led 16 ARF interns and their parents on a tour to discover eco glass and visit postwar relics in Kanglang, Hsinchu. 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 stop in the morning was Chi Sheng tour factory. Focusing on the human anatomy and the digestive system, the tour guide explained how food is digested and converted into nutrients by the various organs. Using an interactive screen, everyone also checked out their own color recognition ability and found out if they are at risk of macular degeneration. Next, with the drawings, the tour guide described the daily functioning of the human organs, and explained how to best combine daily activities and diet for the body. Leaving the tour factory, everyone made their way to Kangle community, and the tour was guided by the local resident. In the early days, it was called "Kanglang Village" due to the Kanglang trees (Phoenix loureiroi) flourishing in the area. It also has a pushcart train for transporting trade goods in the past. The interns toured the community in the handcar while the tour guide described the history of how the community's pioneers traveled across the sea to claim the land, and the origin and rebuilding of the railway of the handcar, leaving an impression on everyone.

  After lunch, during the tour of the community, the tour guide pointed out that the community became a shooting target for the US army during the Second World War as the Japanese army had built pillboxes there, leaving traces of the bullet holes on the walls till the present day. Next, everyone proceeded to the water well area, which was the source of domestic water supply in the early days. Still usable today, the tour guide taught everyone how to fetch water and the interns were eager to try. The end of the tour brought everyone to Spring Pool Glass Tourism Factory. Factory manager Mr. Wu, who acted as the tour guide, talked about Hsinchu's advantage in the development of the glass industry. He then explained that the factory had begun as a glass recycling factory, and it now uses its proprietary technology to turn recycled glass into artworks and building materials. He also showed the differences in the broken glass after it has been processed by grinding, melting, etc. In the workshop area, the interns had a general understanding of glass blowing by watching old master craftsmen at work. They then watched a video in a briefing room which described the history of the factory and examples of glass recycling and re-making. At the end of the video, the factory manager introduced their patented product-refractory brick, which was mentioned in the video. He even tested its fire resistance and sound proofing effects on site, and invited the interns to touch the brick. Everyone was amazed by its fire resistance and heat insulating effects. At this point, the day's itinerary came to an end. Everyone took a group photo before heading back and looked forward to the next study tour.
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