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Taiwan pushes low carbon emission tourism during New Year holiday

Taiwan pushes low carbon emission tourism during New Year holiday

Taipei, Jan. 3 (CNA) The Industrial Development Bureau (IDB) of the Ministry of Economic Affairs on Saturday urged travelers at home or from overseas to take electric bus tours in Taiwan to cut carbon emissions during their New Year holiday. Among the electric bus tours in Taiwan, the IDB recommended the eco-friendly green bus lines launched in March 2014 jointly by the IDB, Kaohsiung City and Pingtung County. They aim to take tourists to bask in the sunshine of southern Taiwan. In particular, the IDB said that as many tourists tend to flock to the Dapeng Bay National Scenic Area located in Pingtung to avoid the cold weather in the north at a time when cool air mass hit most of the island, the eco-friendly bus tours could be a good choice. In the green bus line to Dapeng Bay, the IDB and the Pingtung County Government provide two middle-sized electric buses to tourists who are eager to see the beautiful weather in that area. The IDB said that particular bus line is able to carry tourists from the Linbian Train Station to the Donggang Ferry Wharf, and passengers can stop at the Dapeng Bay National Scenic Area during the journey. The IDB said the two 20-seat buses are powered by solar energy so that the journey is expected to not only promote Taiwan's tourism industry but also help tourists gain a better understanding of the country's efforts in developing renewable energy. Tourists will be able to take advantage of a special free offer during the prolonged New Year holiday which started from Jan. 1 and will run through Jan. 4. The IDB said that in the remaining New Year holiday, tourists should move quickly to seize the promotional opportunity. In addition to a trip to Dapeng Bay, the IDB said that tourists are recommended to take a trip to Liuqiu, which also belongs to Pingtung. It is the only coral offshore island of Taiwan. The bureau said that tourists can ride electric motorbikes to tour around Liuqiu island, which can cut carbon emissions. According to the IDB, a total of 22 electric buses currently serve the eco-friendly routes in Kaohsiung and Pingtung after the inauguration in March. As of the end of November 2014, more than 1.43 million passengers have been served by the green buses, which cut more than 140 metric tons of carbon emissions. (By Huang Chiao-wen and Frances Huang)


Updated : 2021-09-28 07:47 GMT+08:00