Taipei, Jan. 6 (CNA) Design students at National Taipei University
of Technology are trying to change the way people visualize Taiwan
with a series of themed maps that show off local features like
delicacies, railway lines and haunted houses.
Zheng Meng-cong, an associate professor of design at Taipei Tech
who led the students in creating the 31 unique maps, said that while
people tend to think of the island in terms of weather or geography,
the stories of Taiwan and the things happening here can be just as
"This was why I have decided to lead students to know about Taiwan
in a different way," he said about the project that encouraged
freshmen to put cultural elements and landmarks around the island
quite literally on the map.
The collection of maps will be on display at the school through
Jan. 10, where visitors can buy postcard prints and contribute money
to help raise funds for larger-scale production.
One retro map by Lin Yi-hsin, an avid train lover, shows train
lines around Taiwan and portrays a number of major stations to show
their distinctive features.
Another student, Chen Yi-chieh, created a map with a maze that
features 12 purported haunted houses all around Taiwan, while
classmate Sung Wei-chen's map shows the best surfing spots around the
island and includes information on geography, waves and landmarks.
Yunus Emre Yilmaz, a student from Turkey, made his map about local
agricultural products and delicacies, such as tea from Nantou,
pineapple cakes from Taipei, and sun cakes from Taichung, and labeled
each in Turkish to attract friends and family back home to visit.
(By Hsu Chih-wei and Lilian Wu)