As one of Taiwan’s biggest cultural events of the year, the Romantic Route 3 Arts Festival (浪漫台三線藝術季) is taking place from Oct. 19 through Dec. 15 at various locations in Taipei City, Taoyuan City, Hsinchu County, Miaoli County, and Taichung City. Accompanied by Hsinchu County Magistrate Yang Wen-ke (楊文科), Hakka Affairs Council (HAC) Minister Lee Yung-de attended an Oct. 30 press conference on the joint opening of the Hsinchu leg of the Hakka arts festival. As the Taiwanese county with the highest concentration of Hakka residents at 73%, Hsinchu County is rich in culture, history, and natural beauty, stated Minister Lee. He noted that the Hsinchu program of the Hakka arts festival has five exhibition sites — Beipu, Hengshan, Guanxi, Emei, and Zhudong — that will feature both international and domestic artists. Moreover, world-class performing groups and musicians will be bringing their sensational performances to Hsinchu as well, Lee added. After the press conference, the minister set off on a regional tour across Hsinchu. Taking the train to Hengshan, Lee visited train stations of the Neiwan Line for amazing installation pieces and splendid scenery along the railway tracks. Later, he went to Beipu for exhibitions on the restoration of Citian Temple (慈天宮), artworks by Spain’s Isaac Cordal, and photographic works by Taiwanese artist Juan I-jong (阮義忠) and late pioneering photographer Deng Nan-guang (鄧南光). Zhudong was the last stop of the trip for Minister Lee, who rounded off his excursion with a pleasant ride on a bike and enjoyed the town’s idyllic lifestyle. He extends a warm invitation to the general public to participate in the grand cultural event and explore the Hakka villages of Hsinchu. Detailed information is available at https://www.facebook.com/romantic3.tw/. Romantic Route 3 Arts Festival in Hsinchu Hengshan Township Combined with the railway history of the Neiwan Line (內灣線鐵道), numerous artworks jointly created by artists and local residents are now on display at train stations, transforming the railway area into an art gallery. Beipu Township As one of the oldest Hakka settlements in Taiwan, Beipu’s long history inspired the invited artists to create new art pieces, which will provide visitors with different artistic lens to view this unique town. Guanxi Township To experience the authentic side of Guanxi, visitors can spend some time drinking tea and enjoying Hakka music concerts on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. Emei Township Regarded as Hsinchu’s fairyland, Emei ignited the imagination of the festival’s resident artists with its natural beauty. The creative artworks hope to bring a similar sensation of wonder to visitors.