Vil­lagers be­lieve de­ity has role to play in nam­ing road

The China Post - - LOCAL -

A lo­cal de­ity in Miaoli County played an im­por­tant role when vil­lagers of Xihu in Miaoli County tried to find an im­pres­sive name for a coun­try road be­tween rice pad­dies that they con­sider to be com­pa­ra­ble to the fa­mous “Mr. Brown Av­enue” in Taitung County, Eastern Tai­wan.

To pro­mote tourism in the re­gion, the Xihu Town­ship Of­fice launched an In­ter­net vote in June to choose a name for the sec­tion of county high­way, where a lone stand­ing meli­aceae tree re­minds view­ers of the iconic tree on “Mr. Brown Av­enue,” which be­came a tourist at­trac­tion af­ter be­ing fea­tured in a se­ries of ad­ver­tise­ments, par­tic­u­larly one fea­tur­ing the pop­u­lar ac­tor Jin Tsheng Wu (Takeshi Kaneshiro).

The Xihu Town­ship Of­fice an­nounced early Sun­day that although most online vot­ers chose “Golden Road No. 1”, it would be pru­dent to con­sult with the lo­cal de­ity be­fore mak­ing a fi­nal de­ci­sion.

By throw­ing Jiao blocks to get di­vine an­swers, town­ship of­fice per­son­nel tried 16 times, and found that among the three pro­posed names — “Golden Road No. 1”, “Coun­try Cir­cling Path” and “Rice Scented Av­enue,” the di­vine choice turned out to be “Coun­try Cir­cling Path.”

The di­vine con­sul­ta­tion, and turn­around in the name-choice, how­ever, caused dis­sat­is­fac­tion among some e-vot­ers, which led the town­ship of­fice to re­con­sider a fi­nal de­ci­sion on the road’s name.

The de­ci­sion will re­turn to hu­man choice when Xihu Town­ship Coun­cil mem­bers meet in the near fu­ture to de­cide be­tween “Golden Road No. 1” and “Coun­try Cir­cling Path,” said Xihu Town­ship chief Ku Mu-hsien.

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