TAIPEI, Taiwan – Changhua County Magistrate Cho Po-yuan told the press that he plans to set up a bike museum and a flower auction market to promote the central Taiwan county’s bicycle and flower industries. Cho said the idea occurred to him during a recent visit he made to Germany and the Netherlands.
During his visit to Germany, Cho and his entourage toured the Euro Bike Expo, where he said he was impressed by the exhibits shown by major Taiwanese bicycle manufacturers. Noting that 450 of Taiwan’s 664 bicycle component manufacturing companies are located in Changhua, Cho said Changhua has a competitive edge in the field thanks to this "cluster effect."
Cho said the county government plans to build a bicycle industrial park on a 30-80 hectare plot in Tatsun township near Pakua Mountain. A bicycle museum and bike trail will also be built there to combine industry with tourism and recreation. During his stay in the Netherlands, Cho visited the country’s largest fresh flower auction market, Aalsmeer, which is also the world’s largest floral trading mart. The best-selling flowers include roses, tulips and chrysanthemums. "The Dutch flower auction market, with its advanced hi-tech facilities that allow for efficient auction operations, has something we can learn from, " Cho said, adding that he plans to expand Changhua’s flower market facilities to attract horticulturalists to auction their produce in Changhua.