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S. Taiwan prepares for tourist influx

TAINAN, Taiwan — This county in the southern portion of Taiwan is gearing up for new southbound policy initiated by President Tsai Ing-Wen.
The policy aims to level the degree of prosperity between the northern and southern portions of the country.
This early, all tourist attractions here, located almost 400 kilometers away from capital Taipei, are strengthening their charm to draw more visitors similar how the capital attracts at least 10 million tourists per year.
Filipinos are among the nationalities that Taiwan wants as tourists. From September 29 to October 1, 2017, Taiwan is holding a big event called Taiwan Expo.
Taiwan Expo aims tell what the country can offer. The Taiwan External Trade Development Council (Taitra) is taking the lead in promoting the country.
Unknown to many, the country is also home to several global superstar led by top Hollywood director Ang Lee and National Basketball Association star Jeremy Lin.
All certified tourist attractions are obviously doubling their efforts to prove that Taiwan is beautiful “from north to south.”
“This is to show to the people that we are not just about Taipei 101. We have hundreds of attractions that tourists can spend on their time while on a visit,” Albert Chou, a tour manager, told the Daily Tribune.
One of the most iconic attraction found of the province is the Pier 2 Art Center found at the old Kaoshung port.
The place plays host to some of the biggest warehouses and train station used beginning in 1949 until the mid-70s.
During these years, the Kaushung port was known as the biggest in Southeast Asia, with hundreds of ships docking to load the three agricultural products abundant in this tiny island.
It was in that period that this country was reliant to agriculture due to bountiful harvests of sugar, rice and tea.
But in 1974, the national government abandoned agriculture for its livelihood. Instead, it started embracing electronics and information technology for its survival.
It was also in 1974 that its biggest conglomerate with market capitalization of more than $200 billion, Foxconn, trading at the stock exchange as Hon Hai Precision Industry Ltd., was established with only 10 employees.
Now, Foxconn is the third biggest Information Technology firm in the planet in revenues behind Samsung and Apple.
“We want to make sure that economic activity will resume here at the old port that’s why we’re not taking it for granted,” Chou added.
Now, the old port is host to theater, science centrum and stalls for various goods. It also has a unique attraction — a miniature train that tourists can ride — for 149 New Taiwan dollar.
The miniature train is a certified crowd drawer.
Not so far away from the Pier 2 art center is the Formosa Boulevard station. The concept of this station is almost exactly similar to the glass panel found at the Louvre museum in Paris, France.
Chou said the ultimate tourist attraction is the elevated lake, Sun Moon. “It’s so unique because no other lake is located about 700 feet above the land,” the tour manager added.
He said at least six to seven million tourists visit the Sun Moon Lake. The tour manager said there is no point of comparison between Taipei 101 and Sun Moon Lake because the two tourists drawers are totally different in all aspects.
“It’s like comparing Beethoven to Justin Bieber,” he said. 

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