TAIPEI, Taiwan--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Typhoon Morakot ravaged southern Taiwan with flooding and landslides, but most of the affected areas are in remote parts of the south. Popular destinations visited by international tourists have been left untouched, domestic and international flights are operating as usual, traffic on tour routes is flowing smoothly, and the tourist environment is normal. Tourists have nothing at all to worry about.
Sightseeing, recreational, dining, and accommodation facilities in destinations that are a part of Taiwan’s traditional international tourist network — the Taroko Gorge, Kending, Sun Moon Lake, the ancient capital city of Tainan, and the port city of Kaohsiung — have not been damaged by the typhoon. The biggest tourist attractions of northern Taiwan are even more unaffected: the mountain towns of Jiufen and Jinguashi, Taipei 101, National Palace Museum, North Coast, Yeliu Geopark, Northeast Coast and Yilan, the Two Chiangs Culture Park at Taoyuan, and the Hakka towns of Hsinchu and Miaoli counties. In central Taiwan, the tourist spots of Guguan, Xitou, Baguashan, and Taichung City, as well as the outlying islands of Penghu, Kinmen, and Matsu, are in the middle of the summer tourist season and are filled with bustling activity.
International and domestic flights are completely normal, and flights have even been inaugurated to fly travelers between Kaohsiung in the west and Taitung on the east coast while roads are being repaired. Transportation to the popular Zhiben Scenic Area in Taitung has been restored, and the Chihpen Royal Hotel and other popular resorts in the Zhiben hot-spring area have not been damaged.
Most of the damaged highways and railroads are also located in remote areas that are not popular tourist destinations. Railway and highway links across southern Taiwan, however, remain cut off. Among the prominent tourist spots damaged by the typhoon, Alishan’s road and rail links have been broken; but the Alishan Forest Recreation Area itself is undamaged, and the main road linking Alishan with Chiayi (Provincial Highway 18) will be open again in the middle of September. For detailed information on the reopening of the highway, please visit the website of the Alishan National Scenic Area (www.ali-nsa.net) or the Directorate General of Highways (www.thb.gov.tw).
Note: Areas Damaged by Typhoon Morakot in Taiwan (Attached Map link): (http://www.cna.com.tw/postwrite/cvpread.aspx?ID=35169)