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English ‘Taiwan eBook’ available for download

By Shelley Shan  /  Staff Reporter

Tourism Bureau Deputy Director-General Hsieh Wei-chun shows a Taiwan travel handbook at a press conference in Taipei yesterday.

Photo: Sam Yeh, AFP

Independent travelers to Taiwan can now download the English version of the “Taiwan eBook” onto their iPhones, iPods and iPads free of charge, the Tourism Bureau said yesterday.

The bureau said the book introduces 101 scenic spots in Taiwan and proposes 20 different travel routes around the nation. It saves travelers time by providing contact information for every tourist attraction, including the phone number and address.

The bureau said travelers could also print the book through its online version, where they can watch an English-language video guided tour presented by Taiwanese TV host Dennis Nieh (聶雲).

Other video clips contained in the book provide a sneak peek of performances by the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, the ancient treasures of the National Palace Museum, the Flying Fish Festival on Orchid Island (蘭嶼), Taitung County, as well as the Dajia Matsu Pilgrimage Procession organized by the Jenn Lann Temple (鎮瀾宮) in Greater Taichung, among others.

The video introduction to the tourist attractions pops up whenever users flip to the beginning of each tour theme, or click on any picture that has a “play” button.

Meanwhile, the Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) said foreign tourists could now purchase railway tickets online with their credit cards using its new English-language online payment service.

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