(Minghui.org) The CCP virus (coronavirus) pandemic did not hit Taiwan as hard as it did the rest of the world, and tourists continue to visit its scenic attractions. With Chinese New Year fast approaching, Falun Dafa practitioners in Kaohsiung held events on January 31, 2021, at a popular tourist site. They demonstrated the exercises next to the Dragon and Tiger Pagodas by the Lotus Pond. The Celestial Maidens dancers and Waist Drummers performed while the practitioners handed out information about Falun Dafa. Many tourists and locals learned about the benefits of the practice, as well as the brutal persecution in China. Several learned the exercises and asked about the 9-day Falun Dafa lecture workshop. 

Practitioners took a group photo in front of the pagodas and wished Falun Dafa's founder, Mr. Li Hongzhi, a Happy Chinese New Year and expressed their gratitude. 

Practitioners in Kaohsiung held events on January 31, 2021, near the Dragon and Tiger Pagodas by the Lotus Pond. They wished the founder of the practice Mr. Li Hongzhi a Happy Chinese New Year. 

Wishing to help people get through this difficult pandemic, practitioners organized the event to help people learn more about the benefits of practicing Falun Dafa in terms of relieving stress and improving mental and physical fitness. 

Practitioners set up banners and posters near the Dragon and Tiger Pagodas in Kaohsiung on January 31, 2021. 

The Lotus Pond is situated east of Zuoying District, north of Turtle Mountain and south of Mount Banping. It is downstream of the Gaoping River with its many lotus flowers, which is one of the areas' renowned scenic sites. The place is filled with tourists on weekends. 

Happy to Finally Meet Practitioners 

Ms. Xu owns a factory and is excited about learning the Falun Dafa exercises. 

Ms. Xu owns a factory that produces sesame oil. She and her son planned to visit a friend near the pagodas and saw the practitioners. She was excited because a friend had suggested she try practicing Falun Dafa, as she suffered physical pain due to the demanding physical labor at work. She exclaimed, “I finally found you! Please teach me Falun Dafa!” 

She asked to learn the exercises. After she did them, she said she could feel energy running through her body. She plans to take part in a 9-day lecture workshop and then join a local exercise site so that she could practice the exercises with other practitioners every day. She and her son stayed until the end of the event. 

Warm Feeling Seeing Falun Dafa 

Ms. Bian hopes to learn the exercises and copied the location of a local exercise site.

Ms. Bian stood near the practitioners and watched carefully as they demonstrated the exercises. She said that the first time she came across Falun Dafa was in Hong Kong. She'd gone to Hong Kong to support the anti-extradition movement and witnessed many young people arrested and beaten—that was when she clearly understood the Chinese Communist Party’s evil nature. After she returned to Taiwan, she kept looking for Falun Dafa practitioners. She said she felt a familiar, warm feeling as soon as she saw them. She learned the exercises that day and took down the information for a nearby exercise site. 

Support for Dafa

Many passersby stopped, watched practitioners demonstrate the exercises and followed along with their movements. 

A woman in her 80s sat on the bench watching the practitioners. “The movement of the exercises gives me a peaceful and harmonious feeling,” Ms. Bai told a practitioner. She did the second exercise with practitioners. 

Mr. Wang asked several questions about Falun Dafa after watching the practitioners for a long time. He felt that he might not be able to go to the exercise site regularly because of his restricted mobility. However in the end, after reading the fliers, he told the practitioners that he would “overcome the problem and learn the exercises.”