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Hsinchu Park could attract tourists

HIGH-TECH CITY Over the years the science park has gained a reputation for the companies that it hosts. Now some officials intend to turn it into a tourist attraction

By Shelley Shan  /  STAFF REPORTER

While the Hsinchu Science Park is already famous worldwide for housing the nation's high-tech industry, some have suggested it is equally suitable to become a tourist attraction for domestic and foreign visitors.

"Besides Alishan and the Sun Moon Lake, a recent survey showed that Chinese tourists would like to visit some other places, including the National Palace Museum, Taipei 101 and the Hsinchu Science Park," independent Legislator Lin Wei-chou (林為洲) said.

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"The park was described in textbooks used by Chinese senior high-schools as the home of chipmakers and the information technology industry," Lin added.

Lin presented the proposal at a hearing yesterday, during which government officials and representatives of travel associations also participated.

Turning the park into a tourist attraction would help draw travelers to other nearby tourist spots, he added.

obstacles

Lin added, however, that an obstacle to the project was the Statute Governing the Relations Between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area (兩岸人民關係條例), which states that Chinese tourists are forbidden to visit the nation's important research and development centers.

Tseng Kuo-chi (曾國基), director of the tourism bureau's domestic travel division, said the government had listed the Hsinchu Science Park as the main tourist spot in the Hsinchu County. The county will also be referred to as the nation's high-tech city.

"But there is an urgent need to identify the selling points," Tseng said.

"Sitting in a tour bus and glancing over at the factories is unlikely to draw the crowds," Tseng added.

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