The Tourism Bureau yesterday introduced the Greater Chengzhong Area (大城中) in Taipei as another international tourism spotlight in northern Taiwan.
The area generally refers to the neighborhoods around or near the different city gates built during the Qing Dynasty — the North Gate, the Little South Gate, the South Gate, the West Gate and the East Gate.
There are several tourist attractions in these areas, including the 228 Memorial Park, the Taiwan City God Temple, the Taipei Lecture Hall, the Astoria Cafe and Taipei Zhongshan Hall.
The bureau also opened an exhibition on the Greater Chengzhong Area at Taipei Railway Station, which is scheduled to end on Saturday.
Aside from the Greater Chengzhong Area, the bureau also chose Taipei City’s Da-an (大安), Beitou (北投) and Dadaocheng (大稻埕) districts as three other international tourism hotspots in northern Taiwan.
Tourism Bureau Deputy Director-General Wayne Liu (劉喜臨) said that many people have fond memories of the tourist attractions in the area, and the bureau was pondering how to put together a tour of the area so that international tourists can get to know the history of Taiwan.
“This area used to be the business center of Taipei, which has now moved to the city’s eastern region,” Liu said.
“However, the city’s history locked up in this area can give one a sense of nostalgia about the city’s past. The international spotlight program will be used to link these old bookstores, cafes and architecture and turn it into walking tour,” he added.
While the bureau is aiming to attract more international tourists through the program in the long run, Liu said that it hopes that the program would encourage more Taiwanese to visit the areas.