Mayor Ko Wen-je visited the city’s wholesale fish market, as well as the fruits and vegetables market in the early morning of February 2. He took the opportunity to deliver his Chinese New Year well wishes to the vendors.
He also offered hs prayers at the Saint of War Shrine and Earth God Temple near the markets, hoping that the coming year will be one with prosperity and happiness.
Seeing the influx of shoppers at the fish market, the mayor wished the vendors booming business in the coming year. He also expressed his gratitude to the merchants whose hard work over the past year ensured abundant supply of fresh fishery products for city residents.
At the fruits and vegetables market, the mayor noted that overhauling the city’s traditional markets is a priority of his administration. He encourages stall owners to take part in blueprint drafting, to play a role in deciding how the market will be renovated and operated in the future. He promised immediate action from the city government to rebuild the market as long as a sound plan has been put in place involving the effort of all parties.
As a symbol of auspiciousness, Taipei Fishery Marketing Corporation Chairperson Huang Chun-chieng presented Ko with a big fish. The mayor also received radishes and pineapples—symbolizing good fortune--from the presidents of the city’s vegetables and fruits guilds.
Source: Department of Information Technology, Taipei City Government