12 Taiwan national forest recreation areas accept mobile payments

The 12 national recreation areas will accept the four smartphone payments--Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, Google Pay, and Taiwan Pay.

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Shuangliou National Forest Recreation Area (photo courtesy of the Forestry Bureau)

Shuangliou National Forest Recreation Area (photo courtesy of the Forestry Bureau)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Twelve national forest recreation areas in Taiwan have adapted themselves to accepting mobile payment, which has become a trending payment in recent years, according to a recent news release posted by the Forestry Bureau, which administers the country’s national recreation areas.

The bureau said in the news release that from now on, the 12 national forest recreation areas, as well as the Bong Bong Train in the Taipingshan National Forest Recreation Area, and the sightseeing mini trains in Wulai, New Taipei City, will accept the four NFC-enabled smartphone payments linked to visitors’ credit cards--Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, Google Pay, and Taiwan Pay.

The 12 national forest recreation areas are Taipingshan, Manyueyuan, Neidong, and Dongyanshan in northern Taiwan; Basianshan, Dasyueshan, and Aowanda in central Taiwan; Alishan, Shuangliou, and Kenting in southern Taiwan; and Jhihben, and Chihnan in eastern Taiwan, the bureau said.

The national forest recreation areas are rich in natural resources, the agency said, adding the levels of negative ions and phytoncides, which are beneficial to human health, in forests are several times higher than those in metropolitan areas. Forests can directly intercept particulate matter and reduce the level of PM2.5, the bureau added.

The agency said it welcomes the public to visit national forest recreation areas more often and relax their body and soul among chirping birds, murmuring rivers, or roaring waterfalls.

For more information about national forest recreation areas and forestry railways, please visit the Taiwan Forest Recreation website or the bureau’s website.

(Video courtesy of the Forestry Bureau)

(Photo courtesy of the Forestry Bureau)