Kaoh­si­ung com­mu­nity protests Chi­nese tour buses

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY SUN HSIN- HSUN

Pro­test­ers moved a mock can­non onto the streets of a Kaoh­si­ung com­mu­nity as a sign of de­fi­ance against tour buses from main­land China con­gest­ing roads, ac­cord­ing to Go Ha­masen Al­liance (

), a lo­cal as­so­ci­a­tion. The Sizi­wan ( ) com­mu­nity is lo­cated in Gushan Dis­trict of Kaoh­si­ung and is fa­mous for its beau­ti­ful sun­sets. The for­mer Brit- ish Con­sulate at Takow (

) is an­other popular tourist at­trac­tion.

More than 200 tour buses, mostly with tourists from main­land China, over­whelm the roads of Sizi­wan ev­ery day, caus­ing traf­fic con­ges­tion, air pol­lu­tion, lit­ter, noise, il­le­gal park­ing and dis­tur­bance in the neigh­bor­hood, said a res­i­dent.

Nearby Na­tional Sun Uni­ver­sity (NSYSU, Yat-sen

) used to al­low tour buses to park in its park­ing lot in or­der to lessen the bur­den tour buses place on the neigh­bor­hood. How­ever, NSYSU an­nounced on April 27 that only 35 buses per day would be al­lowed to park there in the fu­ture.

NSYSU Vice Pres­i­dent Wu Ji­hwa ( ) said yes­ter­day that roads on the cam­pus have been dam­aged as too many buses go in and out ev­ery day. Cam­pus traf- fic is con­stantly at a stand­still, es­pe­cially dur­ing af­ter­noons when tourists, stu­dents, pro­fes­sors and school work­ers all head home.

School bosses de­cided to limit the num­ber of buses park­ing on cam­pus to 35, and also raised the park­ing fee from NT$100 to NT$150 per bus.

Pro­test­ers in the Streets

With NSYSU lim­it­ing the num­ber of buses, roads in Sizi­wan to­day were con­gested worse than usual. Pro­test­ers went onto the streets later in the day with a his­toric can­non, meant to sym­bol­ize their de­fi­ance and wish to pro­tect the neigh­bor­hood against the grow­ing num­bers of buses crowd­ing the roads, ac­cord­ing to the Go Ha­masen Al­liance.

Pro­test­ers claimed to have re­ported the sit­u­a­tion to the Trans­porta­tion Bureau of Kaoh­si­ung City Gov­ern­ment (

) sev­eral times, yet the bureau has yet to act to stop tour buses con­gest­ing the area.

Tran­sit Ter­mi­nal un­der

Dis­cus­sion: Bureau

Chen Jing- fu ( ) , direc­tor of the Trans­porta­tion Bureau, said that the city gov­ern­ment has been dis­cussing pos­si­ble short­term and long- term so­lu­tions.

For the short term, Chen said that the bureau will con­tinue to ne­go­ti­ate with NSYSU to al­low more buses to park on the cam­pus be­fore they build a large tran­sit ter­mi­nal. He said that the bureau will step up in­spec­tions of il­le­gal park­ing of tour buses.

The city gov­ern­ment is plan­ning to build a large tran­sit ter­mi­nal out­side Sizi­wan, where tour buses are slated to be able to park. Tourists will then en­ter Sizi­wan or other tourist spots by shut­tle bus or by sea, said Chen.

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