Date: Sun, Dec 19
Time: 2pm (sharp)
Meeting Place: the site of the big hotel on Shan Yuan Beach, between Taitung city and Dulan
Program: We will meet at the above then convoy it into Taitung City
Point of it all: This mega hotel has been illegally built on one of the nicest beaches in Taiwan and it’s a monstrous ugly blight on the area. The high court has ruled it to be illegal (several times) but somehow they have still received permission to go ahead by the local council - something smells very fishy. Whatever, it’s just not suitable for the style of this area. Taitung is fine like it is - clean, natural, low rise development. The grand plan is to turn it into another Kenting and a turck 'em in spot for mainland tourists - we really don’t need that here - there are plenty of very nice ming su’s here already. Several other big-assed hotels are watching this case carefully. If this one is allowed to go ahead then it will trigger a mega-corporation invasion of the area. That would be a terrible shame. People often feel like there is nothing you can do about this sort of thing in Taiwan, but this case could be different as there is a large community-based protest movement developing. But this is basically the last line of defense.
If you can’t get to the rally, which you probably can’t because I’m pretty late posting this, you might like to join the facebook site: facebook.com/dulandrift#!/pr … 1604380137
picture of hotel: