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The Centenary Danlan Historic Trail Goes International: Four Counties and Cities Collaborate with Japan to Inaugurate Friendship Trail

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New Taipei City Government Tourism and Travel Department Press Release, May 19, 2024
The Centenary Danlan Historic Trail Goes International: Four Counties and Cities Collaborate with Japan to Inaugurate Friendship Trail

[New Taipei City News]The New Taipei City Government, in collaboration with Taipei City, Keelung City, Yilan County, central authorities, and representatives from Japan, hosted the "Centenary Danlan Historic Trail North-North-Keelung-Yilan Joint Event and Taiwan-Japan Friendship Trail Inauguration." This event invited the public to hike together and witness the establishment of the international friendship trail between the century-old Danlan Historic Trail's "Jinzibei Trail" and Japan's Miyagi Olle Trail's "Oku-Matsushima Route."

The Danlan Historic Trail was the main transportation route between the Tamsui and Kavalan districts in the early days, carrying over 200 years of historical significance. It spans four administrative regions in northern Taiwan: Taipei City, New Taipei City, Keelung City, and Yilan County. To promote the cultural and scenic splendor of the century-old Danlan Trail, the four counties and cities have rotated hosting the "Danlan Joint Event" annually since 2016, working together to enhance its promotion. Through the cooperation of various units, many infrastructure and service facilities have been completed along the Danlan Historic Trail, such as service points, themed websites, and related publications. This effort aims to attract more hikers from home and abroad to experience the breathtaking mountain and coastal scenery of Danlan.

New Taipei City Mayor Hou You-Yi stated that 70% of the Danlan Historic Trail lies within New Taipei City, making it Taiwan's first national greenway. On November 12, 2023, the Danlan Historic Trail was officially twinned with Japan's Miyagi Olle Trail, establishing the international friendship trail. A Danlan stone pillar was erected on the Miyagi Olle Trail in Japan, while a red Olle pony was installed on the Danlan Trail this year. The twinning of Japan's Miyagi "Oku-Matsushima Route" and Taiwan's Danlan "Jinzibei Trail" is significant in many ways. Both are located in the northeastern regions of Japan and Taiwan, respectively, and boast rich cultural histories, such as the Mackay missionary work and Jomon ancient culture. Notably, the spirit of rebuilding Miyagi Prefecture after the 311 tsunami resonates with the pioneering spirit of the early settlers of Danlan. The installation of the red Olle pony this year signifies that the Danlan Historic Trail has truly gone international.

The New Taipei City Government Tourism and Travel Department announced that to encourage people to step outdoors and experience the allure of the mountains, two hiking events will be organized on May 25 and June 1 in conjunction with Taiwan Trails Day. These events aim to bring citizens into the mountains and closer to nature, fostering a closer relationship between people and their local environment. For more information, please stay tuned to the relevant links.

【This news release has been translated by ChatGPT.】
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