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The establishment in 1999 of the Hsinchu Municipal Glass Museum, the first glass museum in Taiwan, was designed to promote Hsinchu's glass industry by integrating the resources of culture and tourism. Its main functions are to conduct research into Taiwan's glass-manufacturing technology, and collect and display glass artworks. In addition, glass workshops with live glass-making demonstrations are organized to help visitors learn to appreciate the artworks and how to make, paint, and reuse glass. And there are symposiums, led by experts, artists and scholars from Taiwan and abroad, for visitors who work in the glass industry. Since the glass festival was first organized by the Hsinchu City Government in 1995, it has provided an opportunity for the exchanges of glass arts. Artists from different countries share their experiences and ideas, providing exception opportunities for the local glass art industry to promote its achievements.
The town of Sanyi, situated in the southern part of Miaoli County, is known internationally as the center of wood carving in Taiwan. The town's wood-carving industry originated back in the 1920s and, in those days, concentrated on oddly shaped pieces of natural wood. The golden age of wood carving in the area came in the 1970s, when most of the products were exported. Facing the recession in the 1980s caused by the global energy crisis, the wood-carving industry had the opportunity to think about how to elevate its products from commodities to artworks. The establishment of the Museum of Wood Sculpture in 1995 prompted numerous wood carvers from other places to gravitate to Sanyi and develop their own styles of artistic creation; Sanyi quickly became known as a specialized wood-carving area. The Sanyi Wood-Carving Festival has been held in May yearly since 1990, attracting visitors from all over the country and abroad. The festival has allowed local wood-carving artists to exchange ideas and techniques, and to develop unique styles that have become known even in international circles. The success of the festival has brought the development of cultural and tourism resources. The activities include wood-carving exhibitions, color wood-carving DIY, a wood-carving market, and a series of Hakka life and culture shows.