For­est bus of­fers leafy ride

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - WORLD -

WITH moss-cov­ered seats and an explosion of lush plants and flow­ers through­out its in­te­rior the “for­est bus” of­fers a fra­grant, leafy ride for pas­sen­gers used to crammed pub­lic trans­port in Tai­wan’s cap­i­tal.

The or­di­nary sin­gle-deck city bus has been con­verted into a trav­el­ling green house dec­o­rated with or­chids, ginger lilies and a va­ri­ety of ferns. It is run­ning on a spe­cial route through Taipei, with stops in­clud­ing an art mu­seum, a pop­u­lar tem­ple and a night mar­ket.

Florist Al­fie Lin, who cre­ated the tem­po­rary in­stal­la­tion, said he wanted to bring a touch of na­ture to com­muters’ busy rou­tines.

“I hope the pub­lic will feel that it’s a beau­ti­ful and in­ter­est­ing ex­pe­ri­ence,” he said.

“They can smell the scent of sum­mer on the bus and see the vi­brant green plants to feel mes­sages from na­ture.”

Re­ac­tions have been en­thu­si­as­tic, with pas­sen­gers queu­ing to board. – AFP

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