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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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.


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

(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.


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:

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.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Taoyuan International Airport MRT Is Currently Scheduled to Begin Service in December 2015

Last week I introduced that there will be Houliao Station here to Dixon. He went ape and will visit Taiwan after two months. Te news said," The Taoyuan International Airport MRT is a rapid transit line planned to connect Taipei and Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, before linking up with the Taoyuan MRT to THSR Taoyuan Station and onwards to Zhongli. Construction began in 2006 and the system was scheduled to begin service in June 2013, but delays have occurred and is now expected to open in 2015" Two types of services will be offered: Commuter Trains and Express Trains. While both trains travel the same route, Express Trains will stop at fewer stations and are specially provided for airport passengers. Commuter Trains, which stop at every station, will operate from Taipei to Zhongli in 70 minutes, while Express Trains will run from Taipei directly to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport in 35 minutes. The news emphasized 35 minutes to Taipei but I prefer to care about the Blue Line of the Taoyuan Metro or Huanbei Station. If Huanbei Station is open, every traveler from Taoyuan International Airport can easily get to my home. If Zhongli Railway Station(A23) is open, you can take the subway and then transfer to a train.

Maybe I need to take a photo of Huanbei Station to know the status of the construction. The men who want to win the election this year need to think about.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Taipei 101 - The 6th Tallest Tower in the World

Taipei 101 (Chinese: 臺北101 / 台北101), formerly known as the Taipei World Financial Center, is a landmark skyscraper on earth with its 509 m height located in Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan. The building ranked officially as the world's tallest from 2004 until the opening of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai in 2010. It is higher than Tokyo Tower and N Seoul Tower but I do not want to spend NT$500 on the ticket. I prefer topping Tokyo Tower for 900yen and topping N Seoul Tower for 7,000 won. My mother, Sophia and I all think it's too expensive.

Anyway, I still love this place so much because there is a huge shopping mall filled with luxury designers. Everyone in Taiwan think Taipei 101 is the go to must see in Taipei. On January 28, 2012 my sister wanted to glance round Taipei 101. I drove my family to the building. I do not like to drive in Taipei and now you can take the red line to Taipei 101/World Trade Center Station. This building is amazing from far but it is incredible how many different stores and good restaurants are there. Like Dingxian101 which is on the 86th floor you can command views of Taipei City. You must not miss the boat. And I suggest building up your strength because the mall is too big to walk.
Taipei 101 is a place that you just simple must see. If you go to Taiwan and didn't get to go to Taipei 101, you need to tell the pilot to please turn around.

Friday, August 15, 2014

1 Day Kenting Tour

On May 2 we drove my mother to Kenting. Originally, we had planned a 2-Day tour of Kenting but most of the hotels are fully booked and no couchsurfer wanted to host us. So we changed the plan.
I haven't been to Taiwannew restaurant for ages. The flavor of beef noodles with soup did not change but they became more expensive. Frankly speaking, I think the beef is not so tender that it does not melt in my mouth.
Chuhuo Special Scenic Area(出火) is located outside of East Gate of Hengchun Township, and the fire was initially triggered by the underground natural gas overflow from the shale fissure. The locals recount the story of an expulsion of natural gas accidentally discovered by CNPC while sinking a well, and after its ignition, the spectacular fire has been kept going ever since. The area has been expanded into a parking lot and a park; the fire is best for the night viewing. It's miraculous! Cool!

Amazing isn’t it? The fire just out from the earth in this manner, cool !

East Gate(東門)
Hengchun is on the southern tip of Taiwan and gets its name because it enjoys spring-like weather year-round. The old city was built in 1873 during the Qing dynasty. The city wall, which is the best preserved in Taiwan, is 2.700 meters long with gates. The old walls in the center of Hengchun, which sits on the highway to Kenting, are designated as a second-grade historic site. We can begin our visit at the West Gate and walk to the Queen of Heaven (Mazu) Temple, the South Gate, and the East Gate, where we can climb to the top for panoramic views of the town. We can also watch flames spewing from the ground beside Chuhuo Bridge.

South Gate(南門)

About 4 km down the south of Sheding Park, on the edge of the coastal coral reefs, a boulder stands erect in the sea/ From after, it looks like a departing sailing ship, hence the name Sail Rock, but at a closer view it amusingly resembles the profile of former U.S. President Richard Nixon. Sail Rock is composed of 18 meter-high coral reefs that rolled down from the nearby plateau.

Originally I drove on the wrong side of the road to the most south point of Taiwa. Ouch! Really stupid. Cape Eluanbi (Chinese: 鵝鑾鼻; pinyin: Éluánbí; literally: "goose beak"), located in Hengchun Township, Pingtung County, is a cape on the southernmost end of the Taiwan Central Mountain Range. It is also known as Ngoluanpi. Facing the Luzon Strait, it is the southernmost point of mainland Taiwan. The name Gô-lôan (Chinese: 鵝鑾; pinyin: Eluan) derives from Goran, the term for "Sail" in the Paiwan language of Paiwan people, one of the groups of Taiwanese aborigines. The word phīⁿ (Chinese: ; pinyin: bi) means "nose", referring to the shape of the Cape. Now you need to pay an admission fee of NT40 but I remembered no pay when I was young. Although it was a normal day the mainland tourists occupied the cape.

In many people’s impression, not only E-Luan-Bi is a famous sight-seeing spot on Hengshun Peninsula, but also E-Luan-Bi Lighthouse is the most famous landmark in the most south of Taiwan. Many tourists definitely remember to visit this spot when traveling in KenTing. However, there are few people who know that the most south point of Taiwan is actually in a kilometer near E-Luan-Bi Park. The place is also a coral reef shore covered by various stones. People can hardly forget the grand and beautiful sea view. My mother did not want to walk to the most south point of Taiwan.
Sophia and I decided to rise to the challenge of risk. We found I’ve got no reception. It's unbelievable.

Kenting Street

We also walk around Kenting Street. But this was a normal day, there were few vendors. I guessed there were more vendors in the evening. I also want to visit GuanShan Sunset but my plans were thwarted by the weather. Another place to visit on Guanshan is the exquisite Kaoshanyan temple. Inside, it is built around coral caves. Nearby, you’ll see the curious Flying Stone and Divine Turtle coral rocks. People pray to the Divine Turtle for a good marriage and career, and tie red ribbons to it. By the way, I had the impression that I've never seen that temple before.

We all three were hot, dirty, and exhausted. We had no chance to view the spectacular sunset on GUANSHAN (MT. GUAN). We decided to go back to Fongshan and eat delicious food. If you like adventure, you will find this tour is good for you.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Love at Ok Hill Hotel Kenting

It’s been ten years since I had the photoshoot. And I’m feeling the excitement all over again. This was a single adult’s activity which was offered by Kaohsiung Stake. The LDS Single Adult Activity was a 2-day weekend event on April 24, 2004. Some sisters and I shared ride together. You know if you want to visit Kenting the best way is to drive or rent a car. We were assembled at FE21’ MegA Kaohsiung Store to leave for Ok Hill Hotel Kenting. All things changed. That time we met at the same building and now we were different ward’s members. And even Ok Hill Hotel Kenting was sold to FullonResort Kending at a public auction under the authority of a court of law.

On the way we chose 院子 to lunch. The restaurant which was owned by singing star Alex To’s father Ollie Delfino and stepmother. The restaurant also moved to PingTung City and renamed PAPA MAMA CAFÉ later. But now it has gone out of business.
I did not remember more detailed information but the photographs maybe brought back many pleasant memories. 

These were my favorite foreign cuisine. The water was special.

After we arrived at Ok Hill Hotel Kenting, we went hiking in Sheding Nature Park. This park provided us with an opportunity to see flora and fauna in this natural state (in contrast to the Kending Forest Recreation Area, in which the display was much more formalized). The front section of the park contains a number of walkways and birdwatching pavilions, which provide an ideal location for watching some of the larger birds that stop over in Kenting on their migrations. We did not see more birds because it’s not the best time to view these birds around April. Further to the south, the park has been left largely undeveloped, giving us with enough time and energy the chance to explore the lush forests of Kenting in the unspoiled state. The interesting thing was the buffalo directed toward us.
I forgot most of it. If you know something, let me know. Thanks!

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Highway No. 8-Central Cross Island Hwy. is reopened now at km 181 at Baisha Bridge

Last year Fayne Vars in Philippines visited in Taiwan. She planned to see Taroko, Sun Moon Lake, Yangminsan and Maokong for 3 days. I said this is impossible because you need to rent a car in Taichung and drove the Central Cross Island Highway and the road was not in a very good condition. So she changed her plan. It suddenly strikes me that I have never been there but Baisha Bridge was destroyed in Typhoon Matmo. It's a pity that we can not visit there but I’ve got good news for Central Cross Island Highway recently.
The Highway No. 8-Central Cross Island Hwy. is open for cars(20 seaters buses included, no buses above 20 seaters allowed) on August 11, 2014 at km 181 at Baisha Bridge. The highway Bureau maintenance Luoshao office said that the road will be open for l20 seaters above bues after 17:00 August 20, 2014. The highway has been reopened with one lane for two-way traffic.
The Highway No. 8 is now accessible to theTaroko gorge. The Eternal Spring Shrine trail is now open from the north entrance about 200 meter to the shrine. The Shakadang trail is now open for 450 meter. One has taken the same route back. The Swallow Grotto trail and the rest of trails in the park remain closed due to the road closed. The Buluowan and Tianxiang service stations are also open at 13:00 on August 11, 2014.
Leader Village Taroko Hotel and Silks Place Taroko Hotel were shut down for 19 days as a result of the typhoon. They have recovered cancelled reservations now.
Farmers have carried agricultural products to go down the mountain.

If you plan to that place, be careful.