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New MRT line starts Nov. 15

A new MRT line will commence operation on November 15: With the opening of the Songshan line, Taipei’s Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system takes another step towards completing the vision of a comprehensive public transportation network. The fast, economical, and convenient Taipei MRT service now adds a third east-west bound route to the grid, passing through the "Wall Street" of Taipei - Nanjing East Road - and connecting to Taiwan Railways Songshan Station and the future Airport line. Around 1.8 million passengers take the MRT every day, with prospects predicting that after the Songshan line opening, passenger numbers might increase up to 2 million. Songshan line spreads along 8.5-kilometer and counts eight underground stops, of which six are transfer stations to the Blue, Red, Orange, and Brown lines: Ximen, Beimen, Zhongshan, Songjiang Nanjing, Nanjing Fuxing, Taipei Arena, Nanjing Sanmin, and Songshan. The new green Songshan line will help spread passengers throughout the MRT system more efficiently, relieving pressure along the Bannan blue line. According to the city government, all trips on the new line will be free during the first month of operations for EasyCard holders, with a 10 percent discount for passengers who switch between the Xindian and Tamsui lines. Besides, the MRT’s broadcasting system will no longer use Chinese transliteration to refer to the MRT lines in English, but use numbers instead:

Line 1: Wenhu Line 文湖線
Line 2: Tamshui-Xinyi Line 淡水信義線
Line 3: Songshan-Xindian Line 松山新店線
Line 4: Zhonghe-Xinlu line 中和新蘆線
Line 5: Bannan Line 板南線

Sources:
Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation TRTC
China Post
Taipei Times

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Taipei Expo Park Flora Festival 2014

On November 1st, 2014, the Taipei Flora Festival opened its doors to the public for the second time after its initiation last year. More than one million visitors had come to enjoy the beauty of floral arrangements in 2013. The event is organized in five exhibitions: Taipei International Flower Design, Taipei Garden Design, 19th Eastern Bonsai Art, Taipei Floral Arrangement Design, and Taipei Horticulture Exhibition. Over 98% of flowers used in the exhibition originate from Taiwan. A night garden, 300 potted flowers, and over 80.000 seasonal flowers will be presented, and floristry specialists from 11 countries worldwide are invited to attend. Flower and gardening workshops and free giveaways will be offered for visitors.

Please note that each exhibition has different opening and closing dates!

Taipei Flora Festival: Nov. 1st, 2014 – Feb. 28th, 2015
Taipei Expo Park

Taipei International Flower Design Exhibition 2014
Date: Nov. 1, 2014 (Saturday) – Nov. 9, 2014 (Sunday)
Venue: Taipei Expo Park EXPO Dome
Theme: Lively Rainforest

Taipei Garden Design Exhibition 2014
Date: Nov. 1, 2014 (Saturday) – Feb. 28, 2015 (Sunday)
Venue: Taipei Expo Park EcoARK outdoor area
Theme: Strolling and Discovering

19th Eastern Bonsai Art Exhibition 2014
Date: Nov. 15, 2014 (Saturday) – Nov. 23, 2014 (Sunday)
Venue: Taipei Expo Park EXPO Dome
Theme: Eastern Bonsai Art

Taipei Floral Arrangement Design Exhibition 2014
Date: Dec. 6, 2014 (Saturday) – Dec. 14, 2014 (Sunday)
Venue: Taipei Expo Park EXPO Dome
Theme: Around the World

Taipei Horticulture Exhibition 2014
Date: Dec. 13, 2014 (Saturday) – Jan. 11, 2015 (Sunday)
Venue: Taipei Expo Park Yuanshan Park and Fine Arts Park Area
Theme: Art, Flower, Christmas Red