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Chase the Golden Train! All Aspects in Taiwan and Japan make the cooperation of promoting the “Railway Tour” and the “Running Tour”

Chase the Golden Train! All Aspects in Taiwan and Japan make the cooperation of promoting the “Railway Tour” and the “Running Tour”
News 2017/3/27
Date 2017/04/16 - 2017/04/16
Organizer Tourism and Travel Department, New Taipei City Government
Press Release by the Tourism and Travel Department of New Taipei City Government March 3, 2017
Chase the Golden Train! All Aspects in Taiwan and Japan make the cooperation of promoting the “Railway Tour” and the “Running Tour”

After last year's “New Taipei City Railway Marathon Relay Race” held by the New Taipei City Government won resounding feedback, this year, Tourism Bureau, Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC), Taiwan Railway Administration and Japanese Tobu Railway Co., Ltd. jointly participated the sports event for a cross-nation exchange to promote the “Railway Tour” and the “Running Tour”. As it was the same time that the Taiwan Railway Administration celebrating the 130th Anniversary as well as the Japanese Tobu Railway celebrating its 120th Anniversary, the special joint production of travel and running bag (clothing bag), anniversary-edition digital ticket Easy Card, iPASS, iCASH, HappyCash) are available for all the train chasers, runners, volunteers and the general public who win the digital collection of Easy Railway Tour. On April 16, the relay race held by the Taiwan Railway Administration especially arranged the Tobu's Limited Express SPACIA train, which is actually the TC (Tze-Chiang) Limited Express train that is covered with color paintings- the “Golden Train” was an extra train exclusively for the race. The contestant team organized by the Taiwan Railway Administration and Tobu Railway Co., Ltd as well as the passionate team organized by the New Taipei City Government and the Tourism Bureau, Ministry of Transportation and Communication and up to 8,000 people of the general public put into real actions for experiencing the culture of the railway, the spectacular view along the runway and the irreplaceable refreshing air of Shuangxi and Gongliao.

Taiwan's first Golden Train appears in Yilan Taiwan-Japan Cross-Century Railway Tour Exchange
The Taiwan Railway Administration, with its 130 years history, and the Japanese Tobu Railway Co, Ltd., with its 120 years of history, have cooperated on a cross-century and cross-national exchange! In particular, in order to attract the Japanese tourists to make the journey to Taiwan, the cooperation of both hundred-year-old railways exchange the paintings on the train, the “Golden Train” (the golden TC (Tze-Chiang) Limited Express was transformed by the painting of Tobu's “SPACIA”. On April 16, the current day of the relay race, the Taiwan Railway Administration especially arranged the “Golden Train” as an extra train that departed Taipei at 4:56am to directly transport the runners and the general public to Fulong Station and stopped at the platform for people to take photos for memories. At 10:35, the train headed to Taipei for the return trip. While the train running between Fulong and Shuangxi along the railway in Yilan, all general public have the opportunity to experience a real trip of chasing the train together.
The Taiwan Railway Administration and the Tobu Railway Co., Ltd organized a cross-national team for the race, so did the New Taipei City Government and the Tourism Bureau, Ministry of Transportation and Communication organized a team to demonstrate the mutual friendly relationship through the cooperation of relay race.

Train chasers, runners, volunteers of the event and the railway stamp collection can enjoy the two excusive anniversary souvenirs giving you surprises
The Tourism Bureau, Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC), the Tourism and Travel Department of New Taipei City Government, the Taiwan Railway Administration and the Japanese Tobu Railway Co., Ltd. jointly give away two extra excusive anniversary souvenirs giving you surprises: one is created personally by the international design master Xiao Qing-yang, the “joint production of travel and Running bag for the exchange of two Hundred-year-old Railways in Taiwan and Japan (clothing bag)”, which is the most important companion for Taiwanese runners who joined the battles of the marathons domestically and abroad, and the bag has become a common signature of Taiwanese runners. The sports even clothing bag is designed in a fashionable style, water-resistant and the special joint production of these eye-catching travel/running bags that will surely bring about supportive feedback from the runners. Besides, the integration of Taiwan's four major digital ticket companies has launched four types of custom anniversary-edition digital ticket. The Taiwan Railway Bureau has completed the establishment of online networking services for digital tickets. The citizens can hold either of the multiple kinds of digital tickets to ride Taiwan Railway’s trains, enjoy better convenience transferring to other transportation with a 10% discount. The public is encouraged to frequently use the digital tickets to ride the public transportations.
The general public is invited to take easy travels to symbolic scenic spots by riding the Yilan Lin and Pingxi Lin in the region of New Taipei City. The commemorate stamps are set in the six designated train station in the neighborhood of scenic sports. During the activity period between April 15 to April 17, whoever collects two stamps can send the collection card to join a lucky draw, which provides the winner with a travel and running bag and a prize gift that exclusively benefit the fans of railways (For detailed information, please keep intense track of the Facebook fan page, “Running Holidays”.) Besides, the organizing unit will recruit 20 volunteers for the campaign, and each of them will be gifted a running bag. For the information of recruitment, please search "Running in New Taipei" on the Facebook.

The cooperation of all aspects promotes the railway tour has made the “action” in the past turn out to be an innovative sensation-oriented tour
The railway tour promoted by the Tourism and Travel Department of New Taipei City is not just for a train-ride, but deep experiences of the “culture of railway”. This turns those “actions” into “sensation-oriented” tour. For example, recommended glamorous railway constructions, attractiveness of the railway vehicles, the tastes of railway meal box, everlasting railway photos are all filled with meaningfulness. Even the runway route of the race arranged to go pass the old Caoling Tunnel, replica of electrical street signs, trophy of hundred-year-old railway are to demonstrate and passing down the culture of the railway. Taking the opportunity of Taiwan-Japan tourism exchange, the integration of central and local official's power has accomplished a passionate sports event and opened a gate to the promotion of deep travel in the future! It's like the motto unveiled at the event: “If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together!” that demonstrate the collaboration spirit of team work relay.
Whoever needing more information can join the Facebook fan pages, the “New Taipei Tour” and the “Running Holidays” for simultaneous master the firs-hand new of the sports event.

Activity Official Website: http://www.ibodygo.com.tw/EventTopic.aspx?n=440
For related activity information, please go to Facebook and search “New Taipei Tour”: https://www.facebook.com/ntctour/
“Running Holidays”: https://www.facebook.com/runntpc/