Huwei Shuttle Bus
I am Po∼yu∼Lin
The place we are going today is….
Huwei has been called the home of traditional puppet
theatre in Taiwan. Many Taiwanese remember glove
puppets,from their childhoods, but to really understand
the history of this art form, you’ll have to visit
the Yunlin Glove Puppetry Museum.
Glove puppet theatre started out in Taiwan as a
way of thanking the gods and entertaining the general
public at traditional temple festivals. Later on
, the folk art performances were revitalizing the
genre. That evolution is all on display at the museum.
Controlling the glove puppets is actually pretty
easy. Using your forefinger to move the head, and
your thumb and middle finger to move the arms, like
this,then you can act out your own stories.
One of the fascinating parts of glove puppet theatre
is how its master performers make it seem so lifelike.
There’s one particular place in Huwei that prides
itself on passing off the fake as genuine.
This is a cake, and this is a sandwich, but don’t
put them in your mouth, because they’re made out
Here, regular-looking towels have been changed into
a variety of objects by something almost like magic.
Now, you guess which one is real
Now, you guess which one is real?
Real…I think…no…this one
you are wrong!
This is the real!
Displays let you see each step in the towels’ transformation,But
it still wasn’t enough to satisfy my curiosity.
I’m going to spoil the fun and open one up…
Wow! It really is a towel… Curiosity killed the
cat, there’s no doubting that.
The word “Huwei” in Chinese literally means the
tail of a tiger. None of the several explanations
for how Huwei got it’s name actually involve a tiger,
but it’s still fascinating to explore Huwei’s many
So many cats,How cute!
This village of murals is called “cat on a roof.”
In the beginning, to give the village a bit more
flavor, two movie billboard artists painted some
wall murals of wild cats they knew who had passed
away. They didn’t expect that the place would become
attract photographers from across Taiwan.
Help! My heart is about to melt!
Because of its overwhelming popularity, the village
later set up two attractions for visitors to go
and shoot photos to their hearts’ content.
Now, I’m going to see another village of murals.
What’s special about this one is that the murals
only use two colors –white and red.
Beixi Mural and Papercutting Art Village is arists
in residence at National Formosa University led
40 students in making this work. Their red papercut
motif mounted on a white wall has enlivened this
sleepy farmers’ village.
This is the Year of the Rooster, so of course I’m
going to pose for a picture with the rooster!
Huwei is a place for taking things slow and enjoying
your leisure. If you have the chance, you should
definitely come see it for yourself!
I am Poyu Lin, enjoy your time in Taiwan! Ciao∼see
you next time.