Kaohsiung hotel to observe Earth Hour

The China Post news staff

Crowne Plaza Kaohsiung, a hotel in the port city’s E-Da World mall, will observe a voluntary one-hour blackout today, in an attempt to draw attention to the need for a sustained community-wide effort to protect Mother Earth. From 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., the hotel will switch off all its lights and signs, except for those which must remain on for safety and business reasons, it said in a press release yesterday announcing the event.

Landmark buildings across the country, including the Presidential Office and Taipei 101, will also observe the one-hour blackout at the same time. Crowne Plaza Kaohsiung is taking part in a global event, “Earth Hour 2011,” that calls for the extinguishing of all lights at 750 famous landmarks across the globe during the designated hour in their respective time zones.

The 750 landmarks include the Eiffel Tower of Paris and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. For Crowne Plaza Kaohsiung, the blackout is a challenge, said Keegan Chwa, the hotel’s general manger.

The hotel’s five theme restaurants will be illuminated by candles, and hallways and public areas will be lit with lights bright enough to help patrons move about safely, he explained.