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Taipei City launches ‘Splendid Taipei’ Cycling Tour Program

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In an effort to encourage healthy and environmentally friendly travel options for its visitors, the Taipei City Government is launching ‘Splendid Taipei’ – a pioneering cycling tour program set to run in the city from June 11 to the end of 2009.

The Taipei City Government, long an advocate for environmental protection, is launching the tours in the tourism hot-spot amidst growing global concerns for environmental issues.

The ‘Splendid Taipei’ cycling tour program invites travellers to visit Taipei’s popular attractions by bike, discovering the charming city along scenic trails, and stopping off to explore exotic local eateries. More importantly, the program hopes to promote a relaxing and environmentally friendly way of touring Taipei City.

The major contributor to the ‘Splendid Taipei’ cycling tour program is the YouBike public bicycle rental system, which was launched in Taipei earlier this year.

Five hundred YouBikes are currently available for Taipei visitors to hire. Membership cards to rent the bicycles can be applied for at 11 rental stations in Taipei City.

Since the launch of YouBike in March, rental numbers have reached 33,000 with the support of Taiwan citizens and visitors. An average of 600 to 800 people rent the bicycles on weekdays, and the number rises to between 1,000 and 1,200 on weekends.

Complementing the ‘Splendid Taipei’ cycling tour program, China Airlines has launched an exclusive ‘Trendy Getaway’ travel package, as well as air ticket promotion. The travel package includes roundtrip economy class air fares from Hong Kong, two nights of accommodation at selected hotels, and complimentary breakfast. Tickets for two are priced from HK$1,550 per person, while a seven-day round trip ticket is priced at HK$988. Both promotions run from June 11 to September 30, 2009.

The ‘Splendid Taipei’ cycling tour programme is supported and sponsored by China Airlines, Giant, Atunas, Vigor and Master Hung.

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