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NYC Fosters Youth Growth in Taiwan

In celebration of the Republic of China (中華民國) centenary, the National Youth Commission (NYC, 青年輔導委員會) has its own way of celebrating the special year for the youth. The Commission hopes to involve the youth in public issues, volunteer activities and becoming role models. It has many volunteering projects to encourage youths to contribute to their community, programs to increase the competitive advantages of young people while bringing positive impacts to the society and attract foreign travelers and build Taiwan into a major tour destination in Asia.

Digital Tour Buddy (寶貝機)

The Commission in Taiwan is inviting the youth aged from 15 to 30 to travel the island. The commission has set up a convenient free Digital Tour Buddy service that only can be easily applied to online.

The Digital Tour Buddy comes in two varieties. The machine itself is a cellphone with a 2G sim card, or a 3G sim card that can be inserted into a cellphone. Both forms come with an open phone line. For the later option, a phone will not be provided, and iPhones are not compatible.

TheDigital Tour Buddy is a travel service system for backpacking youth. It offers a 24-hour service hotline to help backpackers obtain travel and services information.

The Digital Tour Buddy is especially helpful for international backpackers. It is a unique travel service to help them solve the language barrier as they tour Taiwan.

Moreover, the device has a built-in dictionary function of English-Chinese translation for youth backpackers.

The application method is an easy process via the website: The multilingual website details in Chinese, English, Japanese and Korean to solve the language barrier of foreign travelers. On the website, travelers can find out where to stay or how to approach a local attraction, and problems they might face. The "digital buddy" can be collected at the Taoyuan or Kaohsiung Airport (one must return it to the location from which one borrowed). Young visitors will receive up to NT$100 free talk with their Digital Tour Buddy at the end of this year. The additional top-up credit can be bought at convenience stores around the island or Chung Hwa Telecom stores.

The Youth Travel Card (青年旅遊卡)

This landmark card offers numerous discounts in admission tickets of more than 1,000 attraction, accommodations, transportations, food, shopping, and Chinese learning courses such as Taipei 101 Observatory and National Palace Museum (國立故宮博物院).

The Youth Travel Card is available free of charge at the Taoyuan and Kaohsiung airports' Visitor Information Centers (機場旅遊服務中心), as well as the Youth Volunteer Centers of the National Youth Commission (青輔會青年志工中心), Tourism Bureau i-service centers (觀光局i系統), Chinese learning centers (大學華語文中心), county and city halls.

For detailed information, please refer to the handbook of the Youth Travel Card Special Discount Information, or the Youth Travel's web site.

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