Taipei River Cruise offers big discounts
By Lauly Li, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taipei City yesterday said beginning Saturday, March 9 the city government will provide preferential prices for the Taipei River Cruise (TRC) and 5,000 sets of erected photo frames plus memorial postcards for domestic and foreign tourists to mark the ninth anniversary of the TRC.
March 8, 2013, 12:16 am TWN
Wang Shang-wei (王聲威), Taipei City Department of Transportation (DOT,交通局) commissioner, said apart from gifts and preferential prices, the city government will subsidize up to NT$100 per person for educational institutions' field trips.
There are nine Taipei River Cruise shipping routes, DOT official Huang Chun-han (黃俊翰) said, adding that the river cruise routes of Dadaocheng Wharf to Tamsui and Guandu to Tamsui are the most popular among tourists.
DOT official Chan Chen-liang (詹政良) said the DOT promoted the Taipei River Cruise Carnival in 2012 August, which included a series of yacht celebrations for Father's Day, Chinese Valentine's Day and the Dadaocheng Fireworks Festival, and attracted nearly 1,500 people to cruise the river that month.
Chan added that according to DOT statistics, there were 3,400 passengers during the Chinese New Year holidays, three times more compared with the same period last year.
Chan said taking river cruises to tourist attractions reveals the splendor of river views and helps to avoid crowds and traffic that come along with other transportation methods.
Wang said to gain publicity and introduce the beauty of river cruises among young students, the DOT will hold eight free-of-charge cruises with professional tour guides on the yachts, and will also invite teachers from different schools to attend.
Wang added he hopes the events for the teachers will help them increase ecological knowledge of the Keelung and Tamsui Rivers' environment and pass the knowledge and experience to their students.
Wang added that the subsidized people include students of elementary schools, junior high and high schools, as well as community colleges.
Huang said the policy of preferential prices started at the beginning of Chinese New Year and will last until the end of June.