Execution of promotion of Alishan Forestry and Railway listed as a World Heritage Site

Matters that have already been done:

2010

  1. In 2010, the Culture and Tourism Bureau, Chiayi County registered the "Alishan Forestry and Railway" as the cultural landscape of Chiayi County according to the "Cultural Heritage Preservation Act". The Alishan Forest Railway has been a legally recognized cultural heritage since then.
  2. The Alishan Forestry Machinery Exhibition has been held in the former Chiayi Winery from October 18, 2010.

2011

  1. The Chiayi County Government cooperated with Mr. Su Zhaoxu and National Chiayi University to stage the “Global Top 100 Mountain Railway Photos Exhibition” in Fengqihu Locomotive Garage.
  2. The Chiayi County Government and National Chiayi University jointly held the "Alishan Forestry Machinery and Cultural Relics Exhibition" from November 1, 2011 to November 30, 2011.
  3. On October 25, 2011, the films, "Hinoki Mountain Forest—One Hundred Years of Story of Alishan Forestry" and "One Hundred Yrars of Memory of Alishan” was released and the exhibition of old photos was held, to make the public more aware of the rich forestry culture of Alishan.
  4. Mr. Su Zhaoxu and the Chiayi County Government jointly published the "Alishan Forest Railway and World Heritage Railway Tour".

2012

One Hundred Years of Forest Railway--Alishan Railway
  1. The Chiayi County Government cooperated with the National Taiwan Museum to hold the "One Hundred Years of Forest Railway--Alishan Railway Special Exhibition" (April, 18~July 29, 2012).
  2. The "One Hundred Years of Forest Railway--Alishan Forest Farm People's Stories Exhibition" was held at the Forestry Club (in Chiayi City).
  3. The "One Hundred Years of Forest Railway--Alishan Railway and Commemorative Stamps Exhibition" was held at the Minxung Auditorium from August 17 to September 28, 2012.
  4. The Culture and Tourism Bureau, Chiayi County issued the "Guidelines for Establishment of the Chiayi County World Heritage Promotion Committee" by public document on September 25, 2012. The relevant meeting has been held once every six months.
  5. The Chiayi County Government cooperated with Mr. Su Zhaoxu to publish the linked books, "A Century of Grace and Glory--One Hundred Years of Alishan Forest Railway History", "Alishan Forest Railway and One Hundred Top Mountain Railways" and "One Hundred Years of Alishan Forest Railway Records".
  6. The civil society "Hongya Association" held lectures about promotion of Alishan Forestry and Railway listed as a World Heritage Site on December 7, 2012.

2013

Ministry of Culture visited the Alishan Forest Railway and Forest Recreation Area
  1. On June 25 and 26, 2013, the Chiayi County Government cooperated with Bureau of Cultural Heritage, Ministry of Culture and the National Yunlin University of Science and Technology to handle the "2013 Taiwan World Heritage Talent Cultivation Project Workshop". Public servants working at the Bureau of Culture of city governments and county governments and carrying out businesses about the World Heritage potential sites and seed teachers in primary and secondary schools were prioritized participants, and teachers, students and groups related to cultural heritage and other people interested in the preservation of cultural heritage were invited to participate, not only instilling the concept of World Heritage into them, but also leading them to visit the Alishan Forest Railway and Recreation Area.
  2. On April 20, 2013 the Alishan Forest Railway and Japanese Kurobe Gorge Railway forged sister railway relations.
  3. On August 27, 2013 the construction of Dolin tunnel was finished.
  4. From October 4 to October 5, 2013, Scholar Paul Mahoney from New Zealand invited by the Bureau of Cultural Heritage, Ministry of Culture visited the Alishan Forest Railway and Forest Recreation Area, and presented the report on the Alishan Forest Railway in comparison with other forest railways around the world, rating the Alishan Forestry Railway the top forest railway in the world.
  5. On December 12, 2013, the forum on the promotion of Alishan Forest Railway listed as World Heritage Site was held in conjunction with the anniversary celebration of the forest railway. In addition, a forest railway tour was held, with the primary school children of Chiayi City invited to participate and the concept of railway heritage shared with the students.

2014

The section from Zhuqi Station to Fenqihu Station
  1. The section from Zhuqi Station to Fenqihu Station was open for business on January 27.
  2. On February, 2014, the Bureau of Culture and Tourism, Chiayi County Government organized the first promotion committee, with the Magistrate of Chiayi County as the chairperson, the Deputy Magistrate of Chiayi County, the Director of the Chiayi Forestry District Office, the Director of the Alishan National Scenic Area Administration, and the Director of the Bureau of Culture and Tourism, Chiayi City Government as deputy chairpersons, and ten experts as members included.
  3. On March 27, 2014, the most difficult rehabilitation of the longest tunnel of the Alishan Forestry Railway--the Pingzhena Tunnel.
  4. The Alishan Forest Railway, Oigawa Railway (they forged sister railway relationst in 1986) and the Kurobe Gorge Railway carried out reciprocal tickets activities. Passengers from both countries could take trains of the other party by producing used train tickets of their own railway.
  5. On May 5, 2014, members of the Asia-Pacific Heritage and Tourism Railways Organization (APHTRO) visited the Alishan Forest Railway. The guests included David Morgan, Chairman of the World Association of Tourist Trams & Trains (WATTRAIN), Lord Faulkner of Worcester, Chairman of the British House of Lords/UK Pro-Taiwan Group and Chairman of the British Heritage Railways, Rajesh Agrawal, former special adviser of UNESCO, Director of the National Railway Museum of India and current CEO of Indian Heritage Railway, accompanied by his wife and Al Feihat Mahmound, former director of the Jordanian Public Transport Bureau and current MP, accompanies by his wife. Lord Faulkner of Worcester promised to make every effort to assist in the listing of Alishansen Forest Railway as a World Heritage Site.
  6. On May 9, 2014, the first Chiayi County World Heritage Promotion Committee meeting was held.
  7. On June 19, 2014, the Bureau of Culture and Tourism, Chiayi County Government promulgated the revised "Guidelines for Establishment of the Chiayi County World Heritage Promotion Committee" and changed its name to "Guidelines for Establishment of the Application of Alishan Forest Railway and Cultural Landscape for World Heritage Promotion Committee"
  8. On July 15, 2014, Australian World Heritage expert Duncan Marshall, scholar Paul Mahoney from New Zealand, Professor Zhang Zhanhong of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Macao Cultural Heritage Consultant Mr. Chen Zecheng visited Chiayi County.
  9. From October 1 to October 3, 2014, the Director of Japan World Heritage Institute, Mr. Hirohisa Furuta, was invited by the Bureau of Culture and Tourism, Chiayi County Government, to visit the Alishan Forest Railway and Recreation Area and shared his experience in Japan's cultural heritage listed as World Heritage with us.
  10. On October 3, 2014, the third meeting of promotion committee was held, and the Potential Sites as World Heritage International Exchange Workshop was held on the same day.
  11. Huang Shijuan, associate professor at Taipei National University of the Arts, was commissioned to complete the investigation, research, and restoration and reuse plans for the county-designated ancient monument, Alishangui Hotel, Dr. Kawai Shitarō Honor Stele, and the Tree Spirit Tower.
  12. Chiayi City Government cooperated with Mr. Su Zhaoxu to publish a brochure entitled "Running for a Century--Stories of Alishan Forest Railway". The brochures have been gifted to elementary schools in Chiayi City for promotion and education.

2015

Alishan Forestry Railway
  1. Zhuqi High School established Alishan Forestry Railway Youth Ambassadors Association and held the Alishan Book Fairs (July 2015). The Chiayi County Government cooperated with Zhuqi High School to train youth ambassadors and received youths from Macao to visit Alishan Forest Recreation Area and Forest Railway, enabling local youths to have a deeper understanding of the local culture.
  2. On March 12, 2015, the "One Hundred Years Alisha Memory Exhibition" was held in the T25 exhibition hall of Hinoki Village.
  3. The Alishan Forest Railway, Kurobe Gorge Railway and Oigawa Railway continued to carry out reciprocal tickets activities (April ~ December 31, 2015).
  4. The Office completed the "Arishan Forestry Village--Historic Building Research and Investigation Proposal", "Investigation, Research and Image Recording Proposal for Historic Buildings of Yushan I and II Village in Chiayi City", and issued the "DVD Record of the Rehabilitation of Alishan Forest Railway Damaged by Typhoon Morakot", "Alishan Literature", in the hope of both having a deeper understanding of our own history and humanities and developing "Alishan Discipline" to establish a complete discourse.
  5. On May 7, 2015, the third promotion committee meeting was held.
  6. Architect Huang Mujin, the writer of the text used to recommend that Penang of Malaysia should be a World Heritage Site, was invited by the Bureau of Culture and Tourism, Chiayi County Government to share his experience.
  7. The Bureau of Culture and Tourism, Chiayi County Government, the Office, the Alishan National Scenic Area Administration and the Cultural Affairs Bureau, Chianti City Government jointly planed and funded the establishment of the World Heritage Planning Center.
  8. On December 11, 2015, the fourth promotion committee meeting was held.
  9. The Alishan Forest Railway Branch, Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) completed the interpretation record about the section of Alishan Railway above Fenqihu Station and increased the audio tour along the railway. It also provided cruise-style train itineraries such as "Sakura accompanying with me tour", "Forest Railway FUN summer cruise-style train", "9/12 three-railway joint GO, falling in love with Fenqihu two-day tour", guiding tourists for in-depth travel.
  10. The Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) has transformed five carriages into carriages for passengers with physical disabilities, and each compartment is equipped with a luggage compartment to improve service standards.
  11. In December 2015, the Cultural Affairs Bureau, Chiayi City Government exhibited cultural relics of Taiwan Railway, Taiwan Sugar Railways, Forest Railway, and Forestry Historical Materials at the Chiayi Historical Relic Museum.

2016

Alishan Forest Recreation Area would be launched
  1. On March 12, 2016, guests from Kurobe Gorge Railway and Japanese Media Group from Toyama County visited us.
  2. The Alishan Forest Railway, Kurobe Gorge Railway and Oigawa Railway continued to carry out reciprocal tickets activities (April ~ December 31, 2015).
  3. On April 25 and 26, 2016, guests from Slovakia's Cierny Hron Railway (the railway is famous for maintaining steam trains) visited us and observed the Alishan Forest Recreation Area and Forest Railway. Both sides exchange views on the railway's sustainable operation.
  4. On May 5 and 6, 2016, Swiss MGB Railway Company (Swiss famous railway company) visited us and signed a letter of intent for cooperation with Alishan Forestry Railway.
  5. The Chiayi County Government cooperated with Mr. Su Zhaoxu to prepare the English version of "Running for a Century--Stories of Alishan Forest Railway".
  6. The Alishan Forest Railway Branch, TRA continued to provide cruise-type train tours, including “Traveling with Forest Railway” in January and “Ruili Peak Feeling, Round Pond and Shadows on Water” in March-April, 2016. and "Travel around Fir Lake" from May to June. In this way, more people can learn more about the forest railway and the cultural and human texture along the line.
  7. In May, the one-day pass and two-day pass for the Alishan Forest Recreation Area would be launched, in the hope of increasing the railway revenue to achieve the goal of sustainable operation.
  8. It is scheduled to purchase 10 new Alishan cars, which are currently being manufactured.
  9. After research and development in cooperation with the Industrial Technology Research Institute and private companies, in the future the point rails and frogs on the forest railway will be replaced with those made of high manganese steel. After many tests, it has been proved that this material has higher wear resistance and the service life is extended by one and a half to two years, which will not only reduce material loss, but also save a lot of maintenance manpower.
  10. Participation of civil society groups: Chiayi City Business Circle Culture Promotion Association, Chiayi City Hongya Cultural Association, and the preparatory office of the Forest Railway Cultural Heritage Cultural and Educational Foundation have promoted World Heritage in different ways, including counter sign supporting for registering for World Heritage, operating the KANO Story Hall, holding the Forest Railway Photographic Painting Contest, and installing advertising billboards.

2017

the technical Manager of Kurobe Gorge Railway
  1. On February 21 and 22, 2017, the technical Manager of Kurobe Gorge Railway, Mr. Zennsann Shousann assigned four technicians to take Alishan Forest Railway and exchange opinions about the gauge and maintenance system.
  2. Translate the booklet, “Running for a Century--Stories of Alishan Forest Railway” written by Mr. Su Zhaoxu into Japanese version to make foreign visitors realize the meaning of Alishan Forest Railway.
  3. Invite professional photographer, Mr. Yu Sin-Sian to hold the speech, “The Trip of Swiss Railway” in Hinoki Village on June 25, 2017.
  4. Vice-minister of India Railway, Director of World Heritage Division, and Engineering Division visited Taiwan on July 3 to 7, 2017. We arranged the cruise-type train of “Traveling with Forest Railway” to visit Shizilu and Alishan.
  5. “International Heritage Railway Visiting Experience Sharing Meeting” was held on August 3. We invited Teacher Huang Shih-Jyuan from Taipei National University of the Arts, ex-president of Taiwan Railway Cultural Association, Hsu Nai Yi and Su Zhao Xu to share their visiting experience and research paper of heritage railways. They looked forward to making public realize the advantages and features of Alishan Forest Railway.
  6. Lord Faulkner (Trade Envoy to Taiwan), Steven Fristbrook (Head of Department of Trade in Taiwan, British Office),and Michael Reilly (Visiting Fellow of Academia Sinica) came to visit Chiayi City on November 18 and 19, 2017.
  7. Concluded a sister railway with Welshpool & Llanfair Railway on September 27, 2017.
  8. Invite Mr. Su Zhaoxu to hold “Overview of World Mountain Railway and World Heritage Railway Speech” on anniversary activity day, December 23, 2017.
  9. On September of 2017, Bureau of Cultural Heritage, Ministry of Culture provided 50% of subsidy to “Cultural Assets Reborn Plan of Chiayi Wooden Factory”. The Factory authorized the company to design and plan the engineering. The best one was chosen on December 5, 2017 and reached the agreement on December 25.
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