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Taipei happy two districts make contest list

TOURISM PROMOTION:The Tourism Bureau is launching a ‘Top Ten Tourist Towns’ contest in which the public can vote for their favorites from a list of 17 nationwide

By Mo Yan-chih  /  Staff Reporter

Taipei City yesterday celebrated the selection of Xinyi (信義) and Beitou (北投) districts as candidates for the “Top Ten Tourist Towns of Taiwan” campaign, inviting tourists to visit the top shopping destination of Xinyi District and enjoy hot springs and Japanese-style architecture in Beitou.

The “Top Ten Tourist Towns” campaign was launched by the Tourism Bureau as part of its effort to boost tourism in Taiwan. A total of 17 towns were selected to enter the competition, including Jiji (集集) in Nantou County.

Seeking to help the two districts make the top 10 list, Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) spoke about the specialties of the two areas at a press conference yesterday and urged the public to support them in the final competition.

“Taipei City is the first stop for most foreign tourists in Taiwan, and the charm of the city is also recognized by travel guides. We are confident that Xinyi and Beitou will be on the final top 10 list,” he said at Taipei City Hall.

Beitou is the hub of hot spring culture in Taiwan, boasting a variety of spa facilities that cater to all kinds of needs. Japanese-style structures and buildings are scattered around the town and the area is a top attraction for many Japanese tourists who come to discover the old Japanese structures that are also hard to find in Japan, Hau said.

Xinyi District boasts a cluster of department stores and boutiques, Taipei 101, an Eslite bookstore, as well as Songshan Cultural and Creative Park.

The commissioner of the city’s Information and Tourism Department, Chao Shin-ping (趙心屏), said the city pitched the district as a “Town of Fashion” in the competition.

The competition will include an assessment from a panel of judges and a public poll, which account for 80 percent and 20 percent of the final scores, respectively.

Public voting begins today and ends on March 9.

For voting and more information, visit the contest Web site at http://taipeitravel.net

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