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Taipei officials tout educational tours to Japanese students

2012/06/09 14:31:49

Tokyo, June 9 (CNA) Taipei City officials were scheduled Saturday to give their second presentation in two days in Japan to attract Japanese students to visit Taiwan on educational tours.

The first of the presentations was held in Tokyo on Friday, and targeted school teachers and administrators planning educational tours for senior high school and college students. The second presentation is scheduled to take place in Osaka later on Saturday.

The presentations introduce six tour packages focusing on gourmet cuisine, the arts, history, temples, urban ambience and tea tasting.

Taiwanese cartoonist and travel writer Chen Kuei-hsin, better known by her pen name Japanese Apricot, introduced distinctive spots in Taipei like the skyscraper Taipei 101, Maokong Gondola, Hsinyi business district and the city's many night markets.

Hsueh Chiu-huo, an official with Taipei City's Department of Information and Tourism, said that due to the historical connection between the two countries -- Taiwan was a Japanese colony between 1895 and 1945, the city government wanted to solicit more Japanese students to travel to Taiwan.

"Taipei is a very suitable place for Japanese students to come on educational tours," Hsieh said, noting that the city provides the level of safety and convenience that students need.

Popular countries in Asia that Japanese schools choose for overseas educational tours include South Korea, China, Taiwan, Singapore, and Malaysia.

Compared with other Asian nations, Taiwan has shown steady growth in recent years, with Japanese students making 12,000 visits last year. Taipei City is one of the island's must-see cities on their itineraries.

(By Tsao Heng and Lilian Wu)