Hiking events

A photo exhibit chronicles the treks of young Taiwanese on the mainland

A photography exhibition, featuring images captured by Taiwanese university students while hiking in the southwestern regions of the Chinese mainland, kicked off in Taipei on Sunday.

These students participated in an annual photography event across the strait in early July, walking along the ancient Tea Horse Road – a network of caravan routes that dates back to the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and reaches up to in India, West Asia and East Africa.

The exhibited photographs depict the breathtaking scenery along the route as well as the popular culture of ethnic minority groups residing in the mountainous areas of the mainland, such as Yunnan Province (southwest China) and the autonomous region. from Xizang.

Liu Tzu-Chun, a Taiwanese exchange student at Nanjing University on the mainland, expressed her joy at participating in the photography event.

“It was amazing to see exactly what I had learned in my history and geography textbooks before my eyes. I am grateful to have the opportunity to visit local attractions and experience local culture, which is also a reason why I came to the mainland as an exchange student, she told Xinhua News Agency.

The cross-strait photography exercise took place after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Over the past six years, more than 100 students from both sides of the strait have set out to walk the Tea Horse Road.

“It is hoped that the activity will continue and last for at least 10 years, allowing young people from both sides of the strait to jointly observe and document the changes taking place in the region,” said Kevin Tsai, head of the organization of cultural exchanges in Taiwan which organized the exhibition of photographs.