Hot spring pipeline network in Wulai restored

Taipei, Sept. 23 (CNA) The hot spring pipeline system in New Taipei's Wulai District is functioning again after weeks of repairs following damage by Typhoon Soudelor in early August, the city government said Wednesday. Thanks to the efforts of the public and private sectors over the past months, the pipeline network has been repaired and hot spring businesses in the area can now resume service, city government officials said. Most of the hot spring businesses in Wulai will reopen to the public between late September and early October, city government officials said. Some businesses, however, will remain closed for the time being because certain facilities still need to be restored, the officials added. The New Taipei City government said it plans to organize a series of activities to promote Wulai's hot spring season in late October, with the aim of attracting more tourists. Typhoon Soudelor hit Taiwan on August 8, causing massive flooding and other damage throughout the country. In Wulai, which is famous for its hot springs, the network of pipelines carrying the water was severely damaged. (By Wang Hung-kuo and Lauren Hung)