Map stickers promote Taipei tourism

By Mo Yan-chih  /  Staff reporter

Thu, Mar 14, 2013 - Page 5

The Taipei City Government’s Department of Information and Tourism is promoting tourism by giving out free map stickers that introduce many of the city’s innovations, featuring design shops and less well-known attractions tucked away in the city to enhance visitors’ travel experiences.

The “Taipei Design Map” consists of five stickers, each featuring designer clothing stores, boutique hotels, cafes and other attractions in various parts of the capital.

Department commissioner Chao Hsin-ping (趙心屏) said the stickers, which come in Chinese and English versions, were designed by a group of tour guides, graphic designers and advertising professionals.

“We hope the map stickers will encourage tourists to explore the city’s special shops and spaces which feature great designs, but which are tucked away in small alleys away from more popular attractions,” she said.

Yang Chia-chang (楊佳璋), one of the designers who helped design the map of central Taipei, which centers around Zhongshan MRT Station, said the area is filled with designer clothing stores, restaurants and cafes, as well as tea houses that allow visitors to experience traditional Taiwanese tea culture.

Yang also recommended Yongkang Street and the Shida area, which feature many specialty stores and spaces with designs that provide visitors with a visual feast.

Chao said travelers could place the stickers on their notebooks, bags or suitcases as both a handy map and as decoration.

Visitors can also take notes on what they think is interesting during their stay in Taipei on the stickers, to further enhance their travel experience, he added.

The stickers are available at the city’s 12 tourist information centers.