Independent Travelers Want a Taste of Real Taiwan: Travel Industry

Taipei, July 5 (CNA) Taiwan’s travel industry representatives said Tuesday there is growing demand for packages that integrate traditional food, art and entertainment among Chinese free independent travelers (FITs) who have recently been allowed to visit the country.

As most FITs are traveling Taiwan without help of a tour guide, local attractions should take the initiative to design diversified travel packages to meet their needs, said Brook Chang, division manager of the National Center for Traditional Arts.

Chang said the center, which is based in Taiwan’s northeastern Yilan County, has just launched a new campaign that mixes traditional banquets with live-puppet shows to highlight a more authentic side of Taiwan.

During the feast, tourists are served with 10 classic Yilan dishes, including mashed taro, kumquat and “silu” pork — a thickened soup. In addition, they can get up close and personal with glove puppets and enjoy comedic interaction with the puppet masters, Chang said.

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