Taiwan is preparing to open up to the world its vast new greenlands to tourists, including the creation of a new green zone of more than 1,000 square kilometres (700 square miles).
Taiwan’s Greenbelt, a new area of land that was originally created by the Japanese government in the 1960s, will be opened to the public on January 1.
Its goal is to “open up new green spaces in Taiwan that will make people feel a sense of adventure and create new opportunities for tourism”.
Its opening comes amid a rise in tourism, which has risen to an annual average of 3.4 million tourists in 2016.
Tourism has also seen a rise from less than 500,000 in 2011 to more than 5.7 million tourists last year.
Tourists have been increasingly turning to tourist hotspots like Taipei, which was the first city in the world to allow tourists to stay in hotels overnight in the early 1980s.
In addition to the hotel and other accommodation, the new area will include a large outdoor playground, a sea of stars, a wildlife museum, and a restaurant.
Taiwanis are hoping to attract more tourists by offering them a chance to explore the vast island and its natural wonders.
According to the Tourism Bureau, Taiwan is the second-most popular destination in Asia after Hong Kong, with the number of tourists visiting Taiwan rising steadily over the past two years.