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Sand in your Pants: Memories of Childhood at Fulong’s Sand Sculpture Festival

Earlier this summer, the golden sands of Fulong beach hosted an International Sand Sculpture Art Festival. Combining art, culture and the beach, families flocked to see the sandy pyramid wonders adorned with the sculptor’s personal conception of this year’s theme: memories of childhood.

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An insight into a Taiwanese person’s perception of childhood

The diversity of the sand sculptures and the nationality of their sculptors captured a different flashback of our past childhoods and current selves for all three of us.

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Liezl radiated towards the Buddha-esque baby and concepts of spiritual growth

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Luke went for the Japanese manga series, ‘One Piece,’ thinking of his friends back home

I, of course, headed straight to the Beatles sculpture that matched my shirt. Caaan't buy me looove, no no no...

I, of course, headed straight to the Beatles sculpture that matched my shirt. Caaan’t buy me looove, no no no…

I have to admit, the winner of the competition, though certainly not the most childish entry, was incredible:

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The winning sculpture

Cost: There is a token fee of NT$100 to enter the beach where the sculptures are. It’s worth the donation for sure.

Read: The comeptition takes place every year, and all information can be found on the official website.

Eat/Drink: At the right end of the beach as you look out to sea sits the South African-run Fu Bar, tucked just behind a few bushes. They sell some rarely-seen-in-Taiwan South African beers and wines, as well as pitta breads (meaty and vegetarian) complete with mozzarella and feta cheese.

How to get there?

You can catch the train to Fulong along the north-east coast, south from Taipei or north from Yilan. It’s about an hour’s journey from both. Once you exit the train station, just walk straight ahead to find the beach.

The festival also welcomed amateur sculptors; there’s a special place in mine and Luke’s heart for this sleeping Totoro…

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