TAIPEI (Taiwan News)— The New Taipei City Tourism and Travel Department has extended the opening hours of the Shen’ao Rail Bike until Sep. 30.
The Shen'ao Branch Line (深澳線) is a single-track railway branch line of the Taiwan Railways Administration that runs through Ruifang (瑞芳) and Keelung. Using technology and art, the New Taipei City government has redesigned a tunnel to reflect the theme of love, in keeping with the upcoming Qixi Festival.
The previously abandoned Shen'ao Line tunnel has been transformed into a sky full of stars. People are invited to ride through it on the rail bikes, which have been decked out with a pufferfish design.
Visitors can access the newly revamped Shen’ao Rail Bike at Badouzi railway station (八斗子火車站). The attraction will also include romantic light installations.
According to department director Chung Chi-Jian (張其強), the Shen’ao Rail Bike has been a popular attraction since its launch. Hence, the department decided to extend the opening hours during summer vacation.
The railway will add six more shifts from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and will be in operation until September 30, Chung explained. The New Taipei City Tourism and Travel Department has also launched two new travel packages, including boat trips to well-known sites and squid fishing.
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Shen’ao Rail Bike (Video from the official Facebook page)