Taipei launches first double-decker tour bus service

Taiwan Today
Date: January 19, 2017

A fleet of red “hop-on, hop-off” double-decker buses, the first of its kind in Taipei City,

A “hop-on, hop-off” double-decker sightseeing bus awaits passengers before setting off on a tour of Taipei Jan. 18. (CNA)

officially hit the roads of the capital Jan. 18, offering the public an alternative way to explore the city.

Speaking at the launch ceremony for the double-decker buses, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je said that the service was the first step in the city government’s “Tourism ABC” promotional plan designed to boost the city’s tourism industry.

With a convertible top, the second deck is only partially covered on clear days, allowing passengers to take in the city’s sights and sounds from a different perspective, Ko said. “As an international city, Taipei could not do without a double-decker sightseeing bus service,” he said.

The buses are equipped with free smartphone chargers and Wi-Fi, as well as audio tour guide services available through an app in languages including Mandarin, English, Japanese and Korean, the Taipei City Government said.   [FULL  STORY]

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