Typhoon Morakot, which ravaged southern Taiwan more than a week ago, spared most tourist destinations, according to the Taiwan Tourism Bureau.

Taroko Gorge, Kending, Sun Moon Lake, the ancient capital city of Tainan and the port city of Kaohsiung have not been damaged by the typhoon, the bureau said.

It added that transportation to the Zhiben Scenic Area in Taitung has been restored, and that the Chihpen Royal Hotel and other resorts in the Zhiben hot-spring area have not been damaged.

Most of the damaged highways and railroads are in remote areas that are not popular tourist destinations, said Taiwan Tourism. Railway and highway links across southern Taiwan, however, remain cut off.

Alishan’s road and rail links have been damaged, but the Alishan Forest Recreation Area is undamaged, and the main road linking Alishan with Chiayi will reopen in the middle of September, according to Taiwan Tourism.

"Flights are operating as usual, traffic on tour routes is flowing smoothly and the tourist environment is normal," the tourism bureau stated on Monday. "Tourists have nothing at all to worry about."

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