2013 Asia Pacific Cities Summit in Kaohsiung／2013亞太城市高峰會 在高雄
2013 Asia Pacific Cities Summit in Kaohsiung
◎English translation: Hou Ya-ting
◎Photo courtesy of Information Bureau
2013 Asia Pacific Cities Summit was hosted by Kaohsiung between September 9 and September 11. More than 1,000 representatives from 104 cities around the world attended the summit, which was the most important international gathering ever held in Kaohsiung. Kaohsiung City Mayor Chen Chu said that Kaohsiung has once again represented Taiwan and served as the island's gateway city, embracing international cities and marching forward. The theme of the 2013 summit, "Reshaping the Urbanomics of Cities – City Challenges, City Solutions," addressed the building of relationships between people and their cities, how cities can enhance their competitiveness in these challenging times, and how city-to-city networks can be revitalized to bring continuous prosperity.
Welcoming Rubber Duck to Kaohsiung !
◎English translation: Tan Shu-chun
◎Photos by Pao Chung-hui
The much anticipated Rubber Duck will arrive at the Port of Kaohsiung on September 19, the day which marks the beginning of the 2013 Mid-Autumn Festival. Kaohsiung City Mayor Chen Chu hopes to welcome visitors from Taiwan and overseas to visit Kaohsiung's harbor and experience the duck's charms.
The yellow Rubber Duck has been making waves across the world since its debut in 2007. Versions of the Rubber Duck have made splashes in 13 cities in 10 countries, visiting Amsterdam, Sydney, Osaka and Hong Kong, among other places. Its first appearance in Taiwan will be in Kaohsiung, where it will be exhibited from September 19 to October 20. This Rubber Duck is 18 meters tall and 25 meters wide, making it the largest Rubber Duck in Asia and the second largest in the world. Thanks to strong support and sponsorship from the private sector, Kaohsiung City Government is able to host this giant rubber friend's stay in Taiwan.
The Rubber Duck is created independently by the local exhibit team. The foreign artist and exhibition teams have provided technological instruction, but it is local Taiwanese companies which handle the Rubber Duck's fabrication. The duck's body was manufactured by Airglow Co., Ltd. The floating platform was constructed by Ching Fu Boatbuilding, a globally-recognized shipbuilding company.
The fabrication process is painstaking. It took more than 1,000 kilograms of rubber to make the 18-meter-high Rubber Duck. The key to keeping it stable above the water is the floating platform, a metal construction made up of a circle rim 15 meters in diameter with four large floating pipes that provide buoyancy. Construction of floating systems requires sophisticated skills. Kaohsiung-based Ching Fu Boatbuilding took on this task and impressed the world with an outstanding result.
The cute and friendly looking yellow Rubber Duck will surely attract more visitors to come and enjoy Kaohsiung's beautiful mountain and river views.
千呼萬喚 黃色小鴨 游進高雄!