Taipei to ban smoking on hiking trails

A total of 135 hiking trails in Taipei City will go smoke-free starting Dec. 31

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Hiking trails in Taipei City will go smoke-free starting on Dec. 31 (Source: Taipei City Government)

Hiking trails in Taipei City will go smoke-free starting on Dec. 31 (Source: Taipei City Government)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Encountering people smoking is probably a major annoyance for a lot of hikers who wish to enjoy refreshing air in the mountains. Starting on Dec.31, all the hiking trails in Taipei City will be designated as non-smoking areas, the city government announced Friday.

A total of 135 hiking trails in Taipei City will go smoke-free starting next Monday. People violating the rule will face a fine of up to NT$10,000 (US$323).

Chen Yen-cheng (陳彥成), an official from the Department of Public Works, said warning signs can be found at various places, including the entrance of trails, on route maps, and in pavilions.


► A non-smoking warning sign on a hiking route map (Source: Taipei City Government)

A number of hiking trails in the country’s capital have gained popularity among local residents and tourists alike in recent years; most notably the Xiangshan Trail, which, along with interlinking ones, can be packed with hikers on weekends who seek out good spots overlooking the city’s busy Xinyi District and Taipei 101.

Another popular hiking route is the Zhangshu Trail, where people can enjoy the hike up the mountainside and then take the Maokong Gondola nearby to enjoy the mountainous view of Wenshan District.

The city government hopes the new policy will result in a better hiking experience for hikers, and urges the public to join forces to protect the natural environment.