Jimmy Liao-themed light rail train runs in Tamsui, New Taipei

The themed trains are decorated with Liao’s paintings as well as dolls inspired by the characters in Liao’s illustrative books. (Courtesy of New Taipei Metro Corporation)
The themed trains are decorated with Liao’s paintings as well as dolls inspired by the characters in Liao’s illustrative books. (Courtesy of New Taipei Metro Corporation)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — Danhai Light Rail transit system launched three themed trains centered on Taiwan illustrator Jimmy Liao’s (幾米) artworks on Tuesday, according to a statement released by New Taipei Metro Corporation (NTMC).

The light rail which runs in the Tamsui District (淡水) of New Taipei City will celebrate its 1st anniversary next month.

To mark the anniversary, the company decided to launch trains featuring the works of one of Taiwan’s favorite illustrators, NTMC chairman Chen Jian-yu (陳建宇) said Monday at a press conference.

The trains are decorated with Liao’s paintings as well as dolls inspired by the characters in his illustrated books.

Decoration inspired by Liao's artwork is seen on the Danhai light rail platforms. (Courtesy of Tourism and Travel Department, New Taipei City Government)
Decoration inspired by Liao’s artwork is seen on the Danhai light rail platforms. (Courtesy of Tourism and Travel Department, New Taipei City Government)

In fact, the works inspired by Liao’s works were installed on the platforms when the train started operations.

Liao, 60, has written more than 60 books that have been published across the world. He is best known for his illustrated books for adults. As a leukemia survivor, Liao devoted his philosophy in the book with simple messages and whimsical images.

Speaking at the press conference, NTMC general manager Wu Kuo-chi (吳國濟) said the themed trains, which are expected to attract another wave of visitors, will help boost tourism in the area.