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Youth Travel Card promoted as indispensable travel partner

Cheng Li-chiun, right, head of the National Youth Commission, and Janet Hsieh, host of Discovery Channel's "Fun Taiwan," promote the Youth Travel Card...

Cheng Li-chiun, right, head of the National Youth Commission, and Janet Hsieh, host of Discovery Channel's "Fun Taiwan," promote the Youth Travel Card...

The National Youth Commission wants local and foreign youth to explore Taiwan, and began offering a Youth Travel Card in August 2006 with plenty of incentives to get young people on the move.
The card was conceived to spread a new appreciation for travel and local culture, but it also symbolizes the hard-won achievements of a cooperative venture between the government and the private sector.
The program provides access to over 200 tourist concessions, admission tickets to scenic spots, transportation, accommodation, Chinese cuisine and Chinese classes to enable young people who are on a tight budget to get to know the island better. It has proven especially popular with backpackers touring Taiwan.
The card, which is available to local residents and foreigners aged between 15 and 30, offers more than 200 discounts on travel-related items.
With the Youth Travel Card, you can also become part of a travel network, enjoy special prices on tickets to tourist spots, and get discounts on transportation and accommodations, restaurants, shopping, as well as Chinese language courses.
The cards can be picked up at any one of 44 outlets around Taiwan, which usually process requests quickly. These include youth hubs in Taipei, Taichung, Tainan and Taitung as well as the Taoyuan and Kaohsiung International Airports and other domestic airports around the country.
They can also be obtained at tour service centers located in main train stations and Taipei MRT stations such as Beitou, Danshuei, Ximen, Jiantan and Xindian. East District Underground Shopping arcades located between Zhongxiao Fuxing and Zhongxiao Dunhua stations also accept applications. Applicants need to present their ID or passport.
More details can be found in Youth Travel Card brochures or online at http://youthtravel.tw.
This site also offers an overview of Taiwan, introductions to cities and regions, news of upcoming events, and information about transportation and places to stay.