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Taiwan Painted Pottery, Taiwanese Opera, and iHakka Boarding Gates in TTIA

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 Taiwan Painted Pottery

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 Taiwanese Opera

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iHakka Boarding Gates

iHakka Boarding Gates

 Taiwan Painted Pottery
 Taiwanese Opera
iHakka Boarding Gates

New thematic boarding gates appear in TTIA! TIAC cooperated with duty free shops to demonstrate themes which reflect the culture and beauty of Taiwan in the 38 boarding gates and 34 waiting rooms. The newest ones in 2013 include Taiwan Painted Pottery in A1-A3, Taiwan Mountains in A7, Taiwan Tea in A8, Taiwanese Opera in A9, Taiwan Fruits in B6, and iHAKKA in D6.

Among them the most significant are the Taiwan Painted Pottery boarding gates from A1 to A3, where Zhong-zheng Chen, the pottery master, worked with 5 craftsmen all with more than 30 years’ experience to create 1,600 pottery Taiwan cherries of various sizes. From molding, cutting, shaping, painting, burning, and assembling, each cherry costs at least 3 hours to prepare. The cherry trunk is made of pieces of broken wine urns collected from every part of Taiwan. The 19 meters wide and 6.3 meters tall Ali Mountain cherry tree, which costs 4 months to create, beautifies the gate wall with vividness.

The A9 Taiwan Opera boarding gate is designed by Qing-yang Xiao, Grammy Award nominee for album packaging, winner of the 24th Golden Melody ‘Best Album Packaging Award’, and an internationally renowned visual designer. Xiao uses golden line to delineate opera figures Pinggui Xue and Baochuan Wang on the opposite side of the black walls, a spatial measure symbolizing their inability to meet each other. On the two figures were printed Chinese characters ‘Righteousness’ and ‘Angriness’ written by calligrapher Yang-zi Dong to imply the inequality of love in the old era and the angriness of Wang towards Xue.

The installation of 14 thematic boarding gates in the north and south concourse of T1 has been completed by Everrich. The beauties of Taiwan, including blue-and-white butterfly, painted pottery, and mountains, are displayed in zone A of the north concourse. In zone B of the south concourse the country’s glories are exhibited, including bicycles, technology, and outstanding athletes. These gates, combining together as the best of Taiwan, collect natural and industrial topics which demonstrate best the image of this country, and present its many facets to worldwide passengers.

The D6 iHAKKA boarding gate in T2, planned and decorated by Tasa Meng under the authorization and supervision of the Hakka Affairs Council, reflects the migration history of the Hakka people, its culture and customs. Hakka mini movies, interactive games, electronic cards, creative culture products are also on display.

In coordination with the opening of D6 iHAKKA boarding gate, Tasa Meng arranged a persimmon rest zone on the 4th floor in the north of T2 departure control area. Surrounded by designed persimmon chairs and trees, and scattered with umbrellas and deckchair made of Hakka printed cloth, this area invites passengers to enjoy a period of quietness in the airport. The persimmon chair has a socket for charging electronic devices, and on the persimmon tree there is also a clock that reminds passengers the boarding time.

TIAC will continue to work with duty free shops for the installation and maintenance of public facilities in the control area to bring more surprise and sensation to passengers. As MOTC Minister Kwang-shih Yeh expressed in the preface of Taiwan in Airport: 14 Ways of Meandering in TTIA Boarding Gates, these gates originally are places for boring waiting, but after transformation become the place that exhibit Taiwanese history, culture, and sceneries. They also illustrate fully the position of TTIA as the departure point of Chinese culture and the gate of Taiwanese characteristics.

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