China Airlines 2020 calendar hails Taiwan natural landscapes

Laomei Green Reef (老梅石槽) represents March and April in the China Airlines 2020 calendar. (Courtesy of China Airlines)
Laomei Green Reef represents March and April in the China Airlines 2020 calendar. (Courtesy of China Airlines)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — China Airlines (中華航空) released its 2020 calendar on Tuesday, featuring an array of beautiful landscapes from across Taiwan.

The airline’s calendar usually features good-looking flight assistants or pilots.

Yet, the airline has decided to produce a new calendar this year with the theme “The Spirit of China Airlines, the Colors of Taiwan,” showcasing “the varied beauty of sights throughout Taiwan” to mark the 60th anniversary of the company, according to a statement released by the company.

The airline chose to print Ang Ku Kueh (Red Tortoise Cakes, 紅龜粿) on the front page. (Courtesy of China Airlines)
The airline chose to print Ang Ku Kueh (Red Tortoise Cakes) on the front page. (Courtesy of China Airlines)

The airline also chose to print a picture of Ang Ku Kueh, a traditional treat also called “Red Tortoise Cakes” (紅龜粿), on the front page of the calendar.

Such red tortoise cakes are usually prepared for occasions that are culturally important for Chinese people such as a newborn baby’s first month or the elder’s birthday.

Eating these cakes represents blessings for children and longevity for the elderly, according to traditions.

People in China, Taiwan and Singapore, nowadays often eat these cakes which are no longer restricted to special occasions.

The page of January and February is presented with the Confucius Temple. (Courtesy of China Airlines)
The page of January and February is presented with the Confucius Temple. (Courtesy of China Airlines)

Another highlight of the calendar is the landscape sceneries.

January and February, for instance, feature the Confucius Temple (孔廟), a historical building of Taiwan. March and April highlight the beauty of Laomei Green Reef (老梅石槽), one of the top-eight insider destinations chosen by CNN.

Guishan Island. (Courtesy of China Airlines)

The beauty of Guishan Island (龜山島) is selected for May and June.

The color of Erliao Sunrise (二寮日出) with bamboos groves and clouds coming together is representing July and August. Xia-hai City God Temple (霞海城隍廟), considered to be a guardian deity by many local, is chosen for early fall September and October.

The color of purple Tile-Paved Salt Fields (瓦盤鹽田), which can be found in Tainan, is selected for November and December.

Erliao Sunrise. (Courtesy of China Airlines)
Erliao Sunrise. (Courtesy of China Airlines)
Xia-hai City God Temple. (Courtesy of China Airlines)
Tile-Paved Salt Fields. (Courtesy of China Airlines)
Tile-Paved Salt Fields. (Courtesy of China Airlines)

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By Carol Kan