Taiwanese Love ‘Cute’
Like I said in a previous post, Taiwanese love cute things and after living in Taiwan for more than 15 years, I sometimes tend to gravitate towards certain things that are cute and adorable as well. Now, you won’t see me sporting Hello Kitty T-shirts or wearing pretty bows in my hair, but I don’t mind photographing cute or ‘hao ke ai’ things – for example, the cute bears that are currently on display in Taichung.
2014 Teddy Bear Lohas Carnival in Taichung, Taiwan
One beautiful day last week, my husband and I took advantage of the sunny weather and went to one of the newest parks in Taichung called Maple Garden (located on Zhong Gang Rd. and within walking distance from Shin Kong Mitsukoshi and Top City Department Stores). The main purpose of our visit was to see the bear exhibits that are currently on display there. NOTE: Apparently, Zhong Gang Rd. has been renamed and is now referred to as Taiwan Boulevard.
The park was pretty crowded for a weekday with several children and their parents snapping pictures of the bears located at different points around the park. There also seemed to be many younger couples taking the time to attend the bear exhibition as well.
Each display has two bears – one larger bear and a smaller one. Most are sponsored by local organizations and businesses around town. Each display has a different, unique, and colorful design.
The bears are on display at many parks and public areas around Taichung. They are scattered around the city so it may take a lot of effort to see them all – however, the two most popular areas are Maple Garden and Calligraphy Greenway (I plan to go to the latter one soon, whenever I have time on a weekday – so watch this space for more bear photos). The 2014 Teddy Bear Lohas Carnival started on November 15th and will continue until January 11th, 2015. Furthermore, like most outdoor exhibits in Taiwan, it is free to attend.
Which bear is your favorite? And have you never attended an outdoor event before?