Night markets in southern Taiwan to roll out bilingual menus

A total of 8 night markets in Tainan to be fitted with bilingual menus

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International tourists in Tainan

International tourists in Tainan (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – After a successful pilot program, the Tainan City Government will roll out bilingual menus throughout eight night markets to promote tourism, reported CNA.

The menus will be developed in both Chinese and English, and will be implemented throughout the county in 2019.

Earlier this year, the county government developed bilingual menus for food vendors at three night markets in the municipality, and the program will be expanded to include five more.

The Tainan Flower, Wusheng, and Yanxing night markets now have bilingual menus, while the Sinying, Xinshi, Jiali, Yongda, and Xiaobei night markets will be fitted with them in the future.

Head of the Tainan City Government’s Office of English as the Second Official Language, Tien Ling-hu (田玲瑚), said the bilingual menu has been widely supported by vendors, and has allowed for improved communication between vendors and international tourists.

Tien said that the bilingual menus are the first of many steps to make night markets attractive to international tourists, as part of a bid to help them to enjoy Taiwanese culture.