Welcome aboard! Green No.17 is now a sightseeing bus route that takes tourists on a convenient tour in Wanhua and Dadaocheng.
Following the launch of the Taipei Sightseeing Double Decker Bus, the Department of Information and Tourism, Taipei City Government is introducing another highly anticipated sightseeing bus route that tours around the old town area! Green No.17 features three distinguishing Taiwanese industries, fabrics, tea and Chinese medicine. The new bus route will officially operate on this Saturday (12th). Tourists can easily get to Longshan Temple, Ximending, Dihua Street and many other attractions. For those who are interested in an in-depth exploration of the old town area, by simply scanning the QR code on the bus, you can enjoy the audio guide service in Chinese, English, Japanese or Korean.
Green No.17 offers tourists a more convenient commute to the to the old town area. The bus is coated in a vintage brick red color dotted with artistic characters and illustrations of Beimen, The Red House in Ximen, Xiahai City God Temple, Longshan Temple in Bangka and other renowned historical buildings reflective of the old town. The interior decor of the bus features three main themes: Tea, Chinese Medicine and Fabric Market. The unique culture of Taipei is presented through photographic displays of the century-old Chien Yuan Ginseng Medicine Store, the once prosperous Yongle Fabric Market during the 50s to 60s and two century-old tea shops, Wang Tea and Sin Hong Choon Tea. The genius incorporation of visual reality creates a vivid sense of space that is truly intriguing to the beholders.
Chien Yu-yen, Director of the Department of Information and Tourism, indicates that Green No.17 links Wanhua and Datong District, the two places where the prosperity of Taipei derived. Both the external and interior design of the bus intends to take tourists on a journey back in time to explore the old Taipei. In addition to the visual presentations, tangible exhibits like fabric products, iron, iron table, tea filter, eighteen bronzemen are also displayed in the bus. Tourists can scan the QR code in front of their seats to access an audio guide that introduces 25 attractions in Chinese, English, Japanese and Korean. The music played in the bus includes two well-known Taiwanese folk songs Bang Chun Hong (Spring Breeze) and Su Kui Hong (Four Season Red) composed by Teng Yu-hsien, the Father of Taiwanese folk songs and the renowned lyric writer Lee Lin-chiu. The ride is going to be visually and audibly amusing!
Chien Yu-yen stresses the successful renaissance of the old town area as Beimen was recreated, Ximen was lit and the old Datong District transformed. The eye-catching sightseeing buses are intended to arouse travelers’ curiosity and attract more visitors to the area to engage in authentic local experiences. Starting from October 14, music, dance performances, parade and many other forms of performing arts will take place one after another. Tours, markets, forums and professional showcases will also be welcoming visitors to Dadaocheng. Needless to say, Datong is no longer the same. You must come see the spectacles for yourself!