Taiwan: Stories from the Taipei Ximen Falun Gong Information Site
(Minghui.org) Ximengding, the West Gate Commerce District, is known for having the most crowded streets in Taipei. After a new subway station was opened, the area became a must-visit attraction for Chinese tourists.
There, one will always find a group of people greeting the tourists with kind hearts and sincere smiles, and who introduce the merits of Falun Dafa (also called Falun Gong) and speak of the brutal persecution in China.
Not Missing a Single Opportunity
The Falun Gong truth-clarification site was established in 2014, after numerous trips between the police sub-station and city government. Local Falun Dafa practitioners took turns to set up the display boards and a television at noon, and removed the items at night.
At the beginning, there were a lot of stormy days and few tourists showed up. “One day it was raining hard,” said Wu Hsi-chang, the coordinator of the site, “so I was reluctant to go and set up the display boards. But I eventually did.”
He continued, “There was not a single tourist that day. When I was about to collect the display boards, I saw a young girl watching the TV, holding an umbrella. She watched for about half an hour without saying a word.”
Wu waited until she had finished, and then asked her where she was from. She was from China, and had taken the trip without joining a tourist group.
Wu said that this incident encouraged practitioners to be persistent ever since, as they don't want to lose a single opportunity to help people hear the facts about Dafa.
A Good Image Must Convey Sincerity and Kindness
Wu was given some discouraging feedback soon after the site was established, “Look at what you are doing here. You make Taiwan's streets look messy.”
Wu remembered Master Li's teaching – a practitioner must be considerate and put other people's interest first.
“Does our site add to West Gate or harm its image?” Wu shared with fellow practitioners and they all agreed that Falun Dafa's image must be positive, otherwise, people might develop a negative attitude toward Falun Gong.
They invited practitioners of different professions to create a better overall image of the site, design the display boards professionally, and maintain the boards.
The practitioners participating in sending forth righteous thoughts also developed guidelines, such as wearing neat and uniform clothing, holding a straight palm, back and neck, and always studying the Fa before sending forth righteous thoughts, so as to generate the image of a person who practices Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.
All of these came together to form a respectful image of Falun Gong. Many tourists took photos and video footage of the activities, and some of them would say “Falun Dafa Hao” (Falun Dafa is good) as they walked by.
In addition, some people watched their activities and decided to learn Falun Gong.
Welcomed by the Community
Exit number 6 of Xinmen subway station has the most pedestrian traffic. People coming in and out of the subway on Friday and Sunday evening will often hear a concert outside the exit.
Practitioners organize two concerts every week and the emcee uses Chinese, English and Japanese to communicate with the audience.
A man from China watched the performance and said with a smile, “I saw Falun Gong everywhere in Taiwan.”
Another Chinese traveler said that he was very happy to hear the melody “Gao Shan Qing” because he missed the narrow track railway in Ali Mountain.
Some were surprised to see that so many young people were Falun Gong practitioners, and played music so well.
A traffic policeman on duty at Xinmen said, “I told my friends that I can enjoy a professional music performance when I am on duty at Ximen. Two hours of music make the work easy to handle.”
Nearby stores also like the site being in their neighborhood. One store owner remarked, “Before, (the display boards) made you feel sad. Now it is positive and makes you feel good.”