Happiness in Kaohsiung Forever Bathing in Love River /幸福高雄 永浴愛河
On this year's Lovers' Day, there is a perfect romantic and joyful atmosphere during the rite of "Forever Bathing in Love River." Although it is a common phrase of blessing to couples, this is the first time the phrase is put into practice as an event.
In a series of activities from July 31st until August 9th, there were several special activities that left people with unforgettable memories and talking with enthusiasm. The riverbank along Love River, sported public decorative arts─for example, the largest diamond ring in Taiwan─to show the attitude of people living in the port city, towards love's eternity and strength. Also, there were wedding fashion parades of dresses and hairstyles and, for the first time in Taiwan, films projected on to the water screen of the river - people can see some passages from classical love films while they were walking along the river.
Fantastic Love River
The idea of the rite "Forever Bathing in Love River" comes from Director-general of Information Department Yao-wen Lin. According to the ideas of Mayor Hsieh's "Ocean Capital and "Only One Kaohsiung," Love River is a really important element in a city that is rich in unique vitality and in its citizens' memory and character; therefore, he associated the name of the river with Lovers' Day to celebrate the meaning of the combinations of history, human sentiments, and city scenery which are most suitable themes to highlight Kaohsiung's character.
In recent years, Love River is neither dirty nor smelly─which people always criticized in the past. Along the river and seven bridges, beautiful scenes make people refreshed. After combining city scenery with urban ideas, we would like to encourage people to have mutual interaction against the background of the scenery. Through moving stories and public art (such as the Clock of Lovers and the Witness of Love) connected with resources along the river (such as Kaohsiung Municipal Film Archives), we hope to highlight the vitality of Love River.
A city of love─Kaohsiung
The rite of "Forever Bathing in Love River" has another benefit: improving the economy after the KMRT project had blocked the wedding industry for a while─through the new activities, many wedding firms and businesses could get people's attention. All the activities ended perfectly at the anti-piracy concert. In this concert, Kaohsiung largely closes its main road at first time. It not only highlights the capital's vitality, but also responds to young people's aspirations and let them have pride in Kaohsiung city.
According to Director-general Lin, through some activities with motionless state, the rite of "Forever Bathing in Love River" is no longer a rushed and temporary feature, but a part of life in which people can stay and appreciate everything surrounding them. In this kind of the imagery of happiness, we build the city of happiness that belongs to us.
Thanks to many compliments from citizens, Director-general Lin said that in the future he would consider having similar large-sized activities to celebrate the Western Valentine's Day and Taiwan's Lovers' Day so that residents and city have a more close mutuality. By such activities, we can attract more tourists to this special city and also make Kaohsiung a unique city of love.