A twist in des­tiny, twisted mail­boxes to stay put — for now

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Like their twisted fig­ures, the two best-known road­side mail­boxes in Tai­wan ex­pe­ri­enced Wed­nes­day a new twist in the story of where they should be put, with the chair­man of Chunghwa Post Co., which owns the boxes, call­ing off a plan to re­lo­cate them.

Philip Ong de­cided dur­ing an in­ter­nal meet­ing ear­lier in the day that the mail­boxes, which were bent over in the same di­rec­tion by a fall­ing sign when Typhoon Soude­lor made land­fall Aug. 8, will re­main in their cur­rent spot at the in­ter­sec­tion of Nan­jing East Road and Longjiang Road in down­town Taipei, at least for the mo­ment.

Ong re­tracted the com­pany’s ear­lier plan to de­com­mis­sion and re­lo­cate the twisted mail­boxes to a new home on the left side of the en­trance to the Postal Mu­seum Taipei Beimen Branch, where they were to have been put on dis­play, af­ter their sud­den pop­u­lar­ity as a photo prop be­gan to ham­per traf­fic in the area.

Ex­press­ing

sur­prise over

the heated de­bate about the mail­boxes’ where­abouts, Ong said he de­cided to shelve the re­lo­ca­tion plan and wait for the boxes’ pop­u­lar­ity to fade be­fore re­con­sid­er­ing the plan, based on public opin­ion.

The twisted sheet-iron let­ter boxes have be­come a big tourist draw since their photos went vi­ral on the In­ter­net Satur­day, at­tract­ing crowds of lo­cals and for­eign tourists pre­pared to ac­tu­ally stand in line to have their photos taken with the “cute” boxes ev­ery day.

Be­cause of the crowds, Chun- ghwa Post, Tai­wan’s of­fi­cial postal ser­vice, have had to send post­men and of­fice em­ploy­ees to the scene ev­ery day to main­tain or­der and even pose for photos with the tourists.

For the sake of traf­fic safety, the com­pany de­cided Tues­day to re­lo­cate the mail­boxes, nick­named “Xiao Hong” (lit­tle red)” and “Xiao Lu” (lit­tle green) by their fans, on Aug. 13, but drew op­po­si­tion from the boxes’ online fans, who said that once they are re­lo­cated, “no one will pay at­ten­tion to them.”

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