Promoting Regeneration of Rural Villages
Promoting Regeneration of Rural Villages
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Changhua Dacun Township Pinghe Community
Pinghe Community
Pinghe Community
Thousand Person Kiln Conference
Thousand Person Kiln Conference

     Early on the Pinghe Community was primarily a rice cultivating region, and matt weaving, brick kilns, and other industries, were sources of pride as the symbol of Pinghe Community. The community and Soil and Water Conservation Bureau toiled together to re-cultivate the area through a worker’s employment and material purchasing plan the community residents participated in, and a rural village revitalization and development course with red bricks as the community building blocks. In addition, traditional Chinese architecture settlements and other leisure spaces were integrated, and the unattractive external appearances of these architectural structures, as well as their untidy spaces, were completely renovated. A unique farming settlement scenery was created and, contemporaneously, a new ground for the leisure activities of residents and tourists alike was provided.

     In addition, a tree and flower bank was created to provide the community with an area in which flowers and other plants could be replanted. All of the small flower gardens and larger scenic sites in the community are cared for by the residents. Even so, there was still a need for a conservation and breeding nursery, and a plant and tree bank was created to make up for losses in community planting.

     After these changes, the Pinghe Community still continued its tradition, and every year around the Lantern Festival they hold the “Pinghe Lantern Festival-Thousand Lantern Easy Life” activity. Thousands of people bring their lanterns to celebrate this Lantern Festival event. Then in the celebration activity, people carry colored lanterns of good fortune and remember their childhood together while enjoying the company of their families and giving back to the Lantern Festival a warm and festive atmosphere. This leads to a greater sense of unity and friendship. During the Lantern Festival, the Moon Festival, and the Double Ninth Festival which occur every year, the members of the community get together to make a dish of glutinous rice wrapped in leaves with various fillings. During the Moon Festival the people admire the full moon and they hold a singing competition for the senior citizens on the Double Ninth Festival. This event brings a large number of cars and is particularly boisterous. In addition, in mid-December of the solar calendar each year the village holds the “Thousand Person Earth Oven Conference,” which is the grandest event in the community. After the vast farmland west to Shengyao West Road is harvested, earth oven barbecue, which is a village activity early on, as well as scarecrow making, kite flying, and industrial fairs, are held. This combination was well liked by the people in the community. It also encouraged many from outside the community to sign up for and participate in this event. They would bring their whole family to relive old farming village memories from their childhood, and also enjoy wondrous time parents and children can spend together.

     Under the direction of the Soil and Water Conservation Bureau, the Pinghe Community has joined the lineup of villages participating in rural regeneration. With the residents’ joint discussion and practice, thy took the idea “one neighborhood has one scenic site, and every household has a garden” as the vision to realize the rural regeneration plan step by step. They not only cleansed nearly one hundred rather neglected, dirty places in the community, turning unused spaces into parks, but also built their own gardens at the yards of their homes to revitalize the community’s space.