Alishan group tourists limited to 10,000 each day for festival
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Directorate General of Highways (DGH) announced that daily Alishan group tourists will be limited to 10,000 during the cherry blossom festival from March 15 to April 15 to prevent traffic jams.
March 2, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
The DGH said that the maximum daily tourists to stay overnight in Alishan during the festival is 2,000. Another 2,000 tourists will be added to the daily limitation on weekends and for Tomb Sweeping Day during the festival.
According to the DGH, the festival attracts a great amount of tourists each year, causing traffic jams. The insufficient parking spaces in Alishan has also led to public complaints.
Lee Jung-jang (李忠璋), DGH Planning Division director, said that in order to maintain the tourism quality of Alishan, the DGH has drafted a plan to relieve the traffic in the nearby area.
Lee said that on weekends and Tomb Sweeping, except for group tourists and those who plan to stay overnight in Alishan, other tourists must take public transportation to get into Alishan.
According to Lee, group tourists must register online in advance in order to enter Alishan, and they can choose to enter Alishan in the morning or afternoon after registering.