Taiwan’s Southern Cross-Island Highway has reopened to the public following a 13-year closure, Japan will start allowing small group tours in May as part of a “test tourism” and more in top stories of the day.
One of Taiwan’s most beautiful roads has reopened after 13 years of construction
Taiwan’s Southern Cross-Island Highway has reopened to the public following a 13-year closure. The alpine highway, which was popular with tourists as well as locals due to its route through rural, scenic parts of the island, was devastated by a typhoon in 2009. More than 90% of the road was damaged and 22 bridges were washed away.
The 154 km (96-mile) long highway, which links Tainan City in southwest Taiwan with Taitung City on the southeast, cuts through Taiwan’s Yushan National Park — home to the island’s highest peak, Jade Mountain — and meanders through the imposing Central Mountain Range.
Japan is testing a return to tourism
The Japan Tourism Agency announced on Tuesday, May 17 that it would start allowing small group tours in May as part of a “test tourism” trial before the country fully reopens to foreign visitors.
The trial — which was delayed from the end of 2021 due to increased border control measures against the Omicron variant — will be open to triple-vaccinated tourists from Australia, Singapore, Thailand and the United States. The Japan Tourism Agency will plan the tours with travel agencies and incoming tour conductors will accompany tour groups at all times. Tourists in the tour groups will have fixed travel itineraries.
A Museum Dedicated to Bob Dylan Will Open in Oklahoma
Tulsa, Oklahoma’s recently unveiled, 29,000-square-foot Bob Dylan Center. Designed by Olson Kundig, the world-class Bob Dylan Center houses and exhibits exclusive cultural treasures created and owned by Bob Dylan over seven decades. These include handwritten lyric manuscripts to some of the world’s most treasured songs, previously unreleased recordings, never-before-seen film performances, rare and unseen photographs, visual art and other priceless items spanning Dylan’s unparalleled career as one of the world’s most important cultural figures.
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