DestinationsThe app offers crowd warnings for 16 attractions and real-time video feeds of nine areas

Taiwan has you covered with new travel hotspot app

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The Taoyuan Trip app has since attracted two million views, with Daxi Old Street being the most-viewed attraction.
The Taoyuan Trip app has since attracted two million views, with Daxi Old Street being the most-viewed attraction. Photo Credit: Getty Images

TAIPEI – A travel app in Taoyuan will enable travellers to check for real-time crowd warnings at 16 popular tourist attractions.

The app provides travellers real-time video feeds of nine tourist areas in Taoyuan, including Lala Mountain Visitor Center, Shihmen Reservoir, Daxi Bridge, Daxi Old Street, Xiao Wulai Skywalk, Xiao Wulai Panoramic Lookout, Jiaobanshan Eco Pond, Hutoushan Owl Forest School and Back Cihu.

The app, Taoyuan Trip, is released by Taoyuan City’s Scenic Area Service Agency, and has features such as a real-time video feed of popular tourist areas and updates on weather and traffic conditions.

Since its release, the app has garnered two million views, with Daxi Old Street being the most-viewed attraction, followed by Shihmen Reservoir, according to a media release.

The app provides travellers real-time video feeds of nine tourist areas in Taoyuan, including Lala Mountain Visitor Center, Shihmen Reservoir, Daxi Bridge, Daxi Old Street, Xiao Wulai Skywalk, Xiao Wulai Panoramic Lookout, Jiaobanshan Eco Pond, Hutoushan Owl Forest School and Back Cihu.

It also offers weather updates on temperature, chance of rain, ultraviolet radiation and air quality. The app is available in four languages, including Chinese, English, Japanese and Korean.

Gauging from the Labour Day weekend, however, it will be some time before travellers return in full force. Last Friday, few took the opportunity to travel, with roads seeing moderate traffic, according to a transportation agency.

Meanwhile, another mobile application, The Freeway 1968, which tracks the foot traffic to 234 tourist attractions across Taiwan, reported that there were few visitors at tourist spots as of Friday noon.

According to local government officials, however, Sanchiaolun Mountain in Yilan, which is not included on the app, was attracting many visitors on Friday.

Popular events such as the Taiwan International Balloon Festival will be delayed till July, according to Taitung County Tourism Department director Yu Ming-hsun.

The marquee event on the county’s summer tourism calendar will be shifted to run from 11 July to 30 August. It was originally scheduled to take place from 27 June to 16 August.

The 51-day festival will be held at Luye Highland. However, the Taitung County government said that the size of the event will be dependent on how the pandemic pans out. The festival will likely be a smaller, locally focused one.

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