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Public transportation has never been so leafy.

Jess McHugh
May 30, 2017

Residents and visitors to Taiwan can now experience a new kind of commute on Taipei's "forest bus."

A local florist designed the temporary project in which a standard commuter bus was transformed into a lush paradise complete with moss, orchids, and ginger lilies, Agence-France Presse reported.

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“I hope the public will feel that it’s a beautiful and interesting experience,” Alfie Lin, creator of the project, told AFP. “They can smell the scent of summer on the bus and see the vibrant green plants to feel messages from nature.”

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The bus travels through an area in Taipei that is popular with tourists, passing by major museums. While the project is temporary, some residents told AFP that they hoped it would become a permanent fixture of their commute.

The bus can serve a purpose that is more than aesthetic. Taiwan struggled with hazardous levels of pollution in January, and residents were warned against participating in outdoor activities. Though the pollution levels have since decreased, the leafy bus can still provide an oxygen-filled respite to the air outside.

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