1 Day Kenting Tour

Kenting is one of the New Eight Views of Taiwan. And Cape Eluanbi is of the old Eight Views of Taiwan in 1927. You'd better take the time to Kenting and enjoy the beauty.

Taipei 101 - The 6th Tallest Tower in the World

Towering above the city like the gigantic bamboo stalk it was designed to resemble, Taipei 101 is impossible to miss.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Save Thousands of Dollars by Flying Business on Economy Prices

Last Saturday The Taipei Metro Songshan Line opened and the Xindian-Tamsui Line became defunct. How great the line is because next year you can take the MRT from The Taipei Metro Beimen Station to Taoyuan International Airport MRT or to Zhongli. The second good news is Vietjet is celebrating the launch of a new route to Taiwan by giving away thousands of promotional tickets from 0 vnd, the budget carrier Tigerair Taiwan, a joint venture between Taiwan's China Airlines and Singapore's Tiger Airways, launched routes to Bangkok and Chiang Mai last week. I spent most of my life gathering money and waiting chance to Australia. I earned credit card points for that dream flight! Everyone is always searching for a bargain, so why not capitalize on that trend by using frequent flyer programs?
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Top 10 Small Tourist Towns in Taiwan - Beitou District

Beitou District (Chinese: 北投區) is the northernmost of the twelve districts of Taipei City, Taiwan. The historical spelling of the district is Peitou. The name originates from the Ketagalan word Kipatauw, meaning witch. Beitou is the most mountainous and highest of Taipei's districts, encompassing a meadow with rivers running through the valley which have abundant steam rising from them; the result of geothermal warming. The valley is often surrounded by mist shrouding the trees and grass.
Beitou is famous for its hot springs. In March 2012, it was named one of the Top 10 Small Tourist Towns by the Tourism Bureau of Taiwan.
Beitou is one of the largest concentrations of hot springs and spas in the world. Once a small park where locals used to relax in the hot springs, the Beitou Valley has evolved today to include over thirty resorts; A 20-minute train ride north of Taipei takes you to Beitou. The resorts and spas are regarded by many locals and international tourists as among the most relaxing and rejuvenating places in the country. The spas consist of different degree pools (from cool to very hot) and minerals. However, residents of this district note that sulfuric fumes from the hot springs do ruin their electric appliances in the long term.
Latterly the waters themselves were the first and comforts like pretty baths, meals and massages came a distant second. Today Beitou supplies dozens of bathing options, from simply soaking your feet in the roadside streams (cost: nothing) to fascinating private baths in swanky resorts (cost: prepare your credit card for an exercises). No matter how much they cost, you should choose a place to go.

Information

The resort area is a few minutes’ walk from Xinbeitou MRT station. Within the Beitou Park are the Beitou Hot Spring Museum and public hot springs. The park is bordered to the north by Zhongshan Rd, where you’ll find the Ketagalan Culture Centre and the route towards the Di-re Valley(地熱谷), the source of the many resorts’ hot springs. During the Taiwan Hot Spring & Fine Cuisine Carnival (台灣溫泉美食嘉年華) in October, Beitou’s resorts provide particular packages.

Sleeping

Whispering Pine Inn: More than 80 years old, this Japanese-style inn is a registered historic landmark but it’s closed until 2014/10/31.
SweetMeHot Spring Resort (水美溫泉會館, 224 Guangming Rd, Beitou; 台北市北投區光明路224): Across from Beitou Park and a walk from Xinbeitou MRT station, the SweetMe has a weird name but beautiful facilities. It opened in 2003 as the latest incarnation of an older resort. There are indoor and outdoor baths, extensive spa and dining facilities and Japanese touches all over. Even standard guest rooms have beautiful bathtubs.
Shan-YueHotspring Hotel(山樂溫泉,No.17, Quanyuan Rd, Beitou Distri; 台北市北投區泉源路17): For travelers who want to take in the sights and sounds of Taipei, Shan-Yue Hotspring Hotel is the perfect choice. This modern hotel is in the vicinity of popular city attractions such as Beitou Park, Beitou Hot Springs Museum, and Taipei Children's Art Museum. At Shan-Yue Hotspring Hotel, every effort is made to make guests feel comfortable. While lodging at this wonderful property, guests can enjoy elevator, car park, valet parking, free Wi-Fi in all rooms, coffee shop. Many rooms even provide desk, hair dryer, complimentary bottled water, air conditioning, refrigerator to please the most discerning guest. The hotel's sauna, hot spring bath, steam room, garden are ideal places to relax and unwind after a busy day.

Getting There & Around


Beitou is easily reached by MRT. Take the Danshui (red) line to Beitou station and transfer to a spur train to Xinbeitou station. 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Top 10 Small Tourist Towns in Taiwan - Dajia District

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"蔣公路" by Fcuk1203 - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Dajia District (Chinese: 大甲區) is a coastal suburban district in Taichung, Taiwan. It is located on the northwestern corner of Taichung. In March 2012, it was named one of the Top 10 Small Touist Towns by the Tourism Bureau of Taiwan.
Dajia Mazu Sightseeing Cultural Festival, Taichung A religious and pompous event – Dajia Mazu border-tour of incense-offering
In the spring of Taiwan, amidst blossoming natural flowers, every locality is stirred for the event of welcoming and receiving Mazu. Mazu, being long stalled adored in the temple, is being shouldered by worshippers to view the spring for blessing. Everyone with religious sentiment happily participates in the event of the joyful god-welcoming competitions.
Among these events to welcome Mazu, held in every locality, is the border-tour of incense-offering of “Dajia, Taichung Mazu Sightseeing Cultural Festival.” The tour would travel across the city and village of the former Taichung County (now part of Taichung City), Changhwa County, Yuanlin County, and Chiayi county and is considered to be one of the major events of Taiwan’s religious community. As a whole, the tour would march a distance on foot of 330 kilometers, and lasts over 7 days and 8 nights, passing by more than eighty participating temples. During the border-tour of incense-offering, both the traditional folk arts as well as new-generation artistic performance of Taiwan join in the tour for joy, attracting a great deal of attention.
As the worshippers travel through the county and city with the faith of Mazu, they build up friendships with people along the way. During the 7-day and 8-night tour of incense-offering, there are joyful and exciting events and religious prayer as well as concentrated and ascetic sentiments – a co-existence of the heavenly and temporary, while artistic performances of the ancient, contemporary, local, or overseas are staged within the same context of space and time. As a result, the intermingled moments of religious faith and an exhilarating joyful atmosphere have confirmed the religious faith of the people of Taiwan.

In recent years, the festival is increasingly attracting the growing number of Mazu worshippers in mainland China - in 2010 there were more than 2,000 mainland followers from about 40 Mazu temples. President Ma Ying-jeou also attended.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Top 10 Small Tourist Towns in Taiwan - Daxi Township


Daxi Township (Chinese: 大溪; also seen as "Tahsi"), is an urban township in eastern Taoyuan County of Taiwan. In March 2012, it was named one of the Top 10 Small Tourist Towns by the Tourism Bureau of Taiwan. Daxi is known for its dried tofu (大溪豆干), a popular ingredient in Taiwanese cuisine. I very like 老阿伯豆干(No.37, Zhongzheng Rd., Daxi Township,桃園縣大溪鎮中正路37號). You should taste them. Daxi is also home to the mausoleums of two Kuomintang leaders: the late president Chiang Kai-shek in nearby Cihu and his son Chiang Ching-kuo in Touliao. Back Cihu has no military use anymore, because of the Taoyuan County government's efforts to open the area to the public. There ' s a fine view of the lake.

Daxi Old Street which is comprised of old stores on Heping Road, Zhongshan Road and Zhongyang Road is well-known throughout the country. Daxi Old Street is filled with diverse stores with the façade designed in a Baroque style that is a perfect blend of the East and West. In the past, the architect would cover and hide their work before completing as they were afraid that their original design would be plagiarized by others.
Daxi Old Street is crowded by both local and oversea visitors each day for the rich cultural and traditional style architectures, as well as a wide array of Daxi specialties, such as firm tofu that are made into many flavors, old-time flavor tofu pudding that can dry one’s thirst, and peanut caramel candy that are handmade. There are also a number of stores selling traditional folklore toys and goods that children may learn the life of people back in old days and for the adults to refresh their childhood memories.
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For most travelers I think you can take Taiwan Tourist Shuttle bus from Taoyuan Zhongli Bus Station to Daxi Old Street. You can also visit Shimen Prairie , Daxi Mausoleum and other scenic spots. But if you only want to visit Daxi Old Street, I suggest you take Taoyuan Bus #5098(桃園客運) from the back of Zhongli Railway Station (中壢後火車站) to Daxi (大溪). Of course you can take the bus from the stop near my home and I will help you. Sometimes riding to Daxi on the scotter on holidays is very convenient because of the traffic jam.  
If you are from Taipei, Lonely Planet Taiwan7th Edition was written:

Getting There & Around

To begin your journey by bus, you need to get to Daxi (大溪; Dàx ) first. Take the MRT to Ximen Station and take exit 2. Walk south to Guiyang St and turn left. Cross the road and just past Yanping Rd wait at the
bus stop in front of Soochow University. Catch the Taipei–Daxi bus #9103 (NT124, one hour, head way timetable) to the Taoyuan Bus Company (桃園客運; 03-388 2002) station in Daxi. This is the last stop.
From here you can catch buses as far as Xiao Wulai, but be warned that there are fewer and fewer buses running these routes, so it’s best to call the Taoyuan Bus Company to confirm the schedule. It’s so much better to have your own vehicle. Consider renting a car in Taipei or Zhongli.
There are also Bed and Breakfast like 維多莉雅民宿 but I think you'd better to know Chinese then you can book the room. 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Japanese budget airline to launch Kaohsiung-Tokyo flights


I am glad to hear the news. Japanese travelers will happy to Kaohsiung, Taiwan and it'll be great fun for me to travel in Japan again.

(From Vanilla Air's Facebook page)
Taipei, Sept. 10 (CNA) Japanese low-cost carrier Vanilla Air said Wednesday it will offer a new service between Tokyo and the southern Taiwan city of Kaohsiung from next February, as it continues to explore the budget airline market in Taiwan.

Starting Feb. 1, Vanilla Air will operate daily round-trip flights, departing from Kaohsiung at 4 p.m. and arriving in Tokyo at 8:25 p.m.

On the return leg, the flight will take off from Tokyo at 11:45 a.m. and land in Kaohsiung at 3:20 p.m., the airline said.

Vanilla Air yesterday (11SEP14) opens reservation for planned service launch on Tokyo Narita – Kaohsiung service.
Regular Fare 2014/10/26-2015/3/28 International
InclusiveSimpleCampaign
Tokyo (Narita)
=Seoul (Incheon)
JPY 5,500~JPY 4,000~ To be announced occasionally
Tokyo (Narita)
=Taipei (Taoyuan)
JPY 8,500~JPY 7,000~ To be announced occasionally
Tokyo (Narita)
=Kaohsiung
JPY 8,500~JPY 7,000~ To be announced occasionally
Tokyo (Narita)
=Hong Kong
JPY 9,500~JPY 8,000~ To be announced occasionally
  • Infant fare is flat (JPY 1,500).
  • Fuel Surcharges are included in the fares.
*When you will book for more than 4 passengers on their website, they'll show you discounted fares on booking flow automatically.
*From Oct.26 flights, this will only be applicable for Inclusive fare.

Planned frequency as follow.

eff 02NOV14 Tokyo Narita – Hong Kong Service initially operates 3 times a week, gradually increases to daily from 01FEB15, 2 daily from 21FEB15
eff 01FEB15 Tokyo Narita – Kaohsiung 1 daily service
JW121 NRT1145 – 1520KHH 320 D
JW122 KHH1600 – 2025NRT 320 D

Thursday, September 11, 2014

New Songshan MRT line to open in the end of 2014

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I am so happy to hear the news. If you want to go to Songshan, Zhongshan, Datong and Wanhua District, it will be more convenient.

The attractions,food and hotels along the line include Raohe Street Night Market, Wufenpu, Ciyou Temple, Core Pacific City, also known as the Living Mall (Chinese: 京華城), Taipei Arena, Breeze NAN JIN , Sunworld Dynasty Hotel, Taiwan Television Enterprise, Ltd., Taipei Cultural Center, Brother Hotel, Leofoo Hotel, The Westin Taipei Hotel, Interchange Association, Japan, Embassy of the Republic of Panama in Taiwan, R.O.C., Evergreen Laurel Hotel, Siping Street Shopping District, Yitong Park, Zhongshan Market, Nanxi Commercial Distric, Chien-Cheng Circle, The Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei, Former American Consulate in Taipei, Regent Taipei Hotel, Hotel Royal - Nikko Taipei, Taishō, Kōchi(Taipei), Cheng-En Gate / Beimen, Taipei Post Office, Customs Museum, Ximen Red House – Ximending 西門紅樓.
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CodeStation NameTransferLocation
EnglishChinese
G22Songshan松山TRA Western LineSongshanTaipei
G21Nanjing Sanmin南京三民
G19Taipei Arena台北小巨蛋
G18Nanjing East Road南京東路Wenhu LineZhongshan
Songshan
G17Songjiang Nanjing松江南京Zhonghe-Xinlu LineZhongshan
G16Zhongshan中山Tamsui-XInyi LineDatong
Zhongshan
G14Beimen北門Datong
G13Ximen西門Bannan-Tucheng LineZhongzheng
Wanhua
← Continues through Xiaonanmen Line then Xindian Line
It's really interesting. If you plan to visit Taipei in the end of 2014, you can make use of the Songshan MRT line.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Tigerair's Taiwan joint venture set for maiden flight on Sept 26

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"Tigerair" by Tigerair - Tigerair. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.
TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwan's first budget airline, Tigerair Taiwan, said Monday it was scheduled to launch its maiden flight later this month, tapping into the robust demand for cheap travel in Asia.
After it gets an Air Operator Certificate from the Civil Aeronautics Administration, the airline is expected to launch its maiden flight to Singapore Sept. 26, said carrier CEO Kwan Yue.
The carrier chose Singapore as its first destination as it hopes to capitalize on Tiger Airway's connections and resources in the Southeast Asian city state to offer more flexible flight destinations to passengers, Kwan said during a press conference in Taipei.
"The main advantage is really to benefit the people in Taiwan," Kwan said. "Because by adding more frequencies between Singapore and Taiwan, we actually allow Taiwanese who want to fly multiple destinations to connect from Singapore on Tigerair," he said.
Starting from noon Tuesday, the public can go to the company's homepage to register for more than 10,000 Singapore-bound one-way tickets costing just NT$888 (US$30) each, the company announced. The special-price ticket can be used from the date of launch and will expire on March 28, 2015. The tax-inclusive airfare for a return trip starts from NT$1,450, meaning a round trip between Taipei and Singapore will cost each passenger only NT$2,328, about half the market price of this kind, under such a special offer.

Damn it! I heard those tickets were seckilled. I have many friends from Singapore and NT$888 is very attractive to us. Friends, so you got the tickets? Great!! You can go to Taiwan and visit me.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Special Military dependents' village in Taichung - Rainbow Village

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I heard Rainbow Villages(彩虹眷村) many times. The places got around through word of month between bloggers and players who are eager for photography and became a good place for outdoor shooting. So far as I knew, one was in Taichung and the other one was in Kaohsiung. The Kaohsiung city was tearing down the buildings in the village but they found the historical remains of the West Gate of the Old City of Zuoying. Great work! I was impressed. One day I'll share the information about the Old City of Zuoying.
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And now I want to talk about Rainbow Village in Taichung. Rainbow Village, also known as Gancheng 6th Village, lies in Lane 56, Chun'an Road, Taichung, Taiwan near Ling Tung University (LTU; Chinese: 嶺東科技大學). When I heard Ally Le and Norean Tan who were the first couch surfers to stay in our home will visit Rainbow Village I thought we can drop by on a weekend. That morning the weather in the East Asian rainy season, commonly called the plum rain season, was very bad. There was heavy rain in most parts of my country. It’s a good thing that we brought the umbrella and I drove them to Taichung. The place is a distance away from the bus stop and was not easy to find by car. If you have a scooter, it will be easy to go.
A place is good for photo-taking session. The art works were all drawn by one 90+ elderly man, and he looks quite fit when I last saw him! A Colorful and fanciful place which warms and touches your heart bringing me back to happy memories and innocence of my childhood.
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You can drop some coins to buy some postcards while requesting for a photo to be taken with him. Are you ready to go?

Info:
Freeway 1 (Taiwan) Nantun   CR 136 (Wuquan West Road) – Taichung, LongjingZhongyong Rd turn left Jiangong Rd turn right
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Thursday, August 28, 2014

National Palace Museum - the 7th Most Visited Museum in the World


On 12 March, 2011 I visited National Palace Museum for some reason. This was the second time I visited the museum. It's many years since I looked round it for the first time. The mainland tourists occupied National Palace Museum, same as anywhere else in Taiwan. From my point of view, National Palace Museum is really a great museum because of treasures of the Forbidden City. The Best of the Best at the National Palace Museum Plus a "Once in a Lifetime Chance" Writing about Taiwan's National Palace Museum (NPM) is, perhaps, the "coals-to-Newcastle" equivalent of travel writing.

Info

Hours: Monday ~ Sunday (all year round); 08:30 ~ 18:30
Tickets: Regular: NT$250/ Group: NT $230/ Discount: NT$150/ Gratis : Free
Address: No. 221, Zhishan (Jhihshan) Rd., Sec. 2, Taipei City
TEL: +886-(2)-28812021+886-(2)-66103600
Website: http://www.npm.gov.tw
Transportation: Take the MRT to Shilin (Shihlin) Station, transfer to bus no. 255, 304, 30 red, or minibus 18 or 19

* By presenting the ROC ID, Taiwanese Citizens may visit the exhibitions free-of-charge between 18:30 and 21:00 on Fridays and Saturdays.
* There are five free entrance days for this museum: New Year's Day (Jan. 1), the Lantern Festival, International Museum Day (May 18), World Tourism Day (Sept. 27), and National Day (Oct. 10).

The museum offers free guided tours in English at 10am, 3pm and in Chinese at 9:30 a.m, 10:00 a.m, 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Parent-child tours are available on weekends: Begins Saturday & Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. If you prefer to move about at your own pace, there's an English headphone guide (NT$200). Visitors will be asked to deposit a valid ID (such as an ID card, driver's license, health insurance card, or passport) or NT$3,000 in cash, which will be returned to the user upon the return of the touring equipment.

The National Palace Museum  (traditional Chinese國立故宮博物院simplified Chinese国立故宫博物院pinyinGuólì Gùgōng Bówùyuànis an antique museum in Shilin, Taipei, Republic of China. The Lonely Planet said"This museum is home to what could quite easily be termed the world's largest and finest collection of Chinese art; it is unfortunate that the overall interior setup of the museum does not match with the grandeur of the collection. Its renovation, ongoing for several years, was pronounced 'completed' with great fanfare in 2007; however, we have to liken the National Palace Museum to a sumptuous gourmet banquet made with the finest ingredients, but prepared by a disinterested chef and arranged by colour-blind kitchen staff." Maybe it's true but the place was really good for those who love to see art, historical and culture. Share your feeling with us in the comments below! 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Flights to Taiwan from America are on sale for a limited time only

▲美籍航空限時促銷,飛西雅圖含稅兩萬五!(圖/聯合航空提供)
(Source:United Airlines)
From now to Sep. 2, 2014, United Airlines is delighted to offer you the special autumn and winter promotion for the flights from Taipei to Seattle. The fare is NT$ 14,400. This is a staple for your travels to Seattle. Nice observation deck, great views of the city and Puget Sound. From now to Sep. 30, 2014, book Taipei to New York flights to save 20% on your airfare immediately, as long as NT $ 26,700. Another new air route has been opened up. You can pick up Taipei - San Francisco Service which is launched on March 2014 and then transfer to Seattle. Or select joint venture flights with ANA to the Narita International Airport and then transfer to Seattle or New York.


Info

Taipei – Seattle Flight:
Book by September 2nd, 2014 at 11:59PM Eastern
Fare Class: United Economy (K)
The fare is starting from NT$ 14,400 if departures on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between September 1st and November 30th, 2014.
Or the fare is starting from NT$ 17,400 if departures on Friday and Saturday between September 1st and November 30th, 2014.

Taipei - Newark Liberty International Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport or LaGuardia Airport Flight:
Book by September 30th, 2014 at 11:59PM Eastern
Fare Class: United Economy (K)
The fare is starting from NT$ 26,700 if departures on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between September 1st and December 31st, 2014.
Or the fare is starting from NT$ 29,700 if departures on Friday and Saturday between September 1st and December 31st, 2014.

I test it and found:
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Incredible! The fare is cheaper than the Taipei –Los Angeles flight which I booked on October 27th, 2011. You can save NT $ 8707. It can not only help the budget travelers in Taiwan to United States but also Americans to Taiwan. I very want to visit America again.