New Taipei introduces new house number plates featuring local traits

The plates spotlight tourist attractions, delicacies, flowers, and other themes

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New Taipei introduces new house number plates

New Taipei introduces new house number plates (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The streets of New Taipei City in Taiwan are undergoing a makeover with the replacement of house number plates that seeks to inject a sense of aesthetics into the cityscape.

Starting March 27, the most populous city in Taiwan will see its 1.2 million door plates replaced phase by phase in a NT$85 million project, with the work set to complete by February 2020, according to the New Taipei City Government.

The first districts to receive a house number plate facelift will be Banqiao (板橋), Sanchong (三重), Zhonghe (中和), and Yonghe (永和) – some of the most densely populated administrative regions of the city.

The designs, selected from an online competition, feature local traits of the municipality boasting 29 districts. For example, the plate patterns for Banqiao (板橋), Tucheng (土城), Wanli (萬里), and Sanzhi (三芝) are the Lin Family Mansion and Garden, tung flowers, the Yehliu Queen’s Head and crabs, as well as water bamboo, respectively.

To make it more easily recognizable, the numbers for the new plate will come in two colors, purple for odd numbers and orange for even numbers, the city government said.

It has been 23 years since New Taipei last overhauled the city’s door plates, prompted by complaints from borough chiefs about the plaques becoming illegible and discolored from years of wear and tear.

The online design contest for the new plate, conducted last year, received 543 submissions. The winning designs were picked through an online vote and evaluation by professional judges, said the city's Civil Affairs Bureau.