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Mayor Ko Invited More Than 50 Diplomatic Envoys to Attend the Shilin Residence Chrysanthemum Show

Mayor Ko Invited More Than 50 Diplomatic Envoys to Shilin Residence Chrysanthemum Show
The Shilin Residence Chrysanthemum Show, a three-week event primarily organized by the Taipei City Government, had a grand opening on the afternoon of November 27, 2020.
This brilliant event attracted more than 50 diplomatic envoys, including those representing Japan, India, Mexico, Germany, South Africa, and Indonesia. The participation of diplomatic envoys from 33 countries rendered the ceremony well-attended.
Many diplomatic envoys highly appreciated the diverse species and colors of chrysanthemum as well as the exhibition hall design at Shilin Residence. They also expressed great happiness for having a scenic spot in Taipei City where they could enjoy the gorgeous scenery at will amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Gourangalal Das, India’s envoy to Taiwan, stated that strolling around such a beautiful garden with his wife felt like a honeymoon; they perceived tremendous happiness. The couple planned to enjoy the beautiful scenery of Taiwan during their vacation in December.
Notably, Mr. Izumi Hiroyasu, Chief Representative of the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association explained the reason behind the immense popularity of chrysanthemum in Japan when invited to give a speech on stage: Chrysanthemum has a bloom period that extends long after many other plants have ceased flowering for the season, is cold-resistant, has a long flowering period, and becomes brighter in color the longer it enters the flowering stage.
Mr. Izumi Hiroyasu also stated that despite being excluded from the World Health Organization, Taiwan serves as a role model for the rest of the world in the combat against the COVID-19 pandemic and that the nation can be likened to the blooming chrysanthemum flowers during the cold season. Proficient in Chinese, Mr. Izumi Hiroyasu used wǎn jú ào shuāng (late chrysanthemum withstanding cold and frost) to describe Taiwan’s performance on the global stage.