Taiwan - a welcoming destination

 

Everyone is familiar with exported electronic gizmos from Taiwan, but not many think of it as a travel destination. Yet the island offers some of the most breathtaking mountain scenery in Asia, all the more amazing because it is packed into an island about the size of Belgium, and an undervalued beach scene. Furthermore, many of the greatest artistic and historic treasures of Imperial China are found not in mainland China, but in Taiwan.

 

With a pulsating modern capital, temple towns, hot-springs villages and adventures in both shopping malls and wooded mountains, Taiwan cuts a figure as one of Asia's most diverse destinations. Its friendly capital city Taipei is the host city of the biggest LGBT parade in Asia since 2003.

Overview

 

Taiwan is an island nation and only 80 miles from the Chinese coast where the Taiwan Straits are at their narrowest. The country is almost 6,900 miles from Los Angeles, 5,800 miles from Frankfurt, 4,500 miles from Sydney, and 500 miles from Hong Kong.

 

Entry Requirements

 

The only entry requirement for countries eligible for Visa-exempt entry traveling to Taiwan is a valid passport with at least six months remaining until its expiration. Upon arrival, you receive a 30- to 90-day tourist stamp. 30-to-90 day visa-free privileges are offered to citizens of 43 countries and 30-day landing visas are afforded to citizens of 4 countries. For any further information, please visit the website of the Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

 

Transportation

 

The main international airport in Taiwan is Taipei's Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. Many visitors from mainland China and Southeast Asia arrive through Siaogang Airport in Kaohsiung and Cing Cyuan Gang Airport in Taichung.

 

Attractions

 

Taiwan has both indigenous points of interest and attractions stemming from the mainland. An example is the National Palace Museum, described by Rough Guides as "one of the world's finest collections of Chinese art and historical artifacts," housing as it does many of the relics of the Forbidden City in Beijing. Outdoors enthusiasts will find cliffs to climb and mountain trails to trek, as well as a stretch of underrated surfing beaches. People watchers will enjoy Taiwan's night markets and its teahouses.

 

Taiwan Delicacy

 

Taiwan offers travelers the gamut of Chinese cuisines – Sichuanese, Cantonese, Beijing-style, Fujianese, hot pot and heavenly vegetarian. But that's just the beginning. Taipei's got the best Japanese outside Tokyo and night markets around the island offer endless feasts of local snacks. Try stewed spare ribs, oyster omelettes, beef noodles, coffin cake, shrimp rolls and slack -season noodles. In the countryside, sample hearty staples of the Hakka people, such as fried ginger intestine, or try some leaner, lighter aboriginal fare including wild chicken, mountain vegetables and rice steamed in bamboo shells. If you need a drink there's local beer, potent firewater like Kaoliang, and some of the finest oolong teas in the world.

 

It doesn't matter if you're a Southeast Asian out to compare Taipei's street food with your own, or a Western traveler looking to expand your taste buds with stinky tofu, you'll find Taiwan consistently delivers on variety, flavor and pure culinary adventure.

 

 

 

 

Taipei Pride

 

Date: 26 October 2013, Sat

 

Taipei hosts Asia’s largest LGBT parade, Taipei Pride, the first ever Government supported LGBT Parade in the region. Taipei Pride is known not only for its warm, carnival atmosphere, complete with rainbow flags and flamboyant costumes, but also as a platform for social causes. Make sure you do not miss the Asia’s biggest and most creative celebration of gay pride. Now in its 11th consecutive year, the annual Taiwan LGBT Pride Parade is expected to attract more than 100,000 people to fill the streets of downtown.

 

Taipei Pride-on-Top Tours

 

Date: 24-28 Oct. 2013

 

During this period, we organize fun Taipei Pride-on-Top Tours for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community who prepare to participate in this carnival parade. We will sign up for our clients as a group to ensure our clients warmly welcomed.

 

Taipei POT Itinerary Highlights include:

 

Our package includes daily accommodation with breakfast at selected hotel, return airport transfers, 1 single transfer by scheduled shuttle from hotel to Taipei Pride parade, package tour, complimentary passes to selected events for bookings made before 30 Sept 2013. Below is our tailored itinerary. Please let us know what may interest you or contact us to custom design a trip for you.

 

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No Tour W hotel Grand Hyatt Hotel Regent Taipei Sheraton Grande Sunworld Dynasty Quote Taipei
1 5D4N Taipei POT Tour A 56,600 52,000 44,200 44,300 34,700 35,450
2 5D4N Taipei POT Tour B 60,500 57,000 50,500 50,500 43,000 43,500
3 4D3N Taipei POT Tour 50,000 46,500 40,000 40,000 32,500 33,000

 

* Above fare based on per pax on a Twin-Sharing room basis.

* Currency: NTD (New Taiwan Dollar), approx. USD1: NTD30, EUR1: NTD40.

 

 

1. 5D4N Taipei POT Tour A

 

Day 1: (Thursday, 10/24/13)

Arrive TPE, meet & greet by our good looking gay staff in the airport arrival area; transfer/check-in to hotel and will be presented with a welcome kit; rest of the day at leisure (can explore some gay bars from our recommended list).

 

Day 2 (Friday, 10/25/13)

Complimentary half day Taipei city tour in the afternoon since most of them will be first timer; welcome party at night with complimentary admission ticket.

 

Day 3 (Saturday, 10/26/13)

The “DAY” of the Taipei Pride! Bus pick-up for Taipei pride from hotel, join our exclusive Taipei Pride-on-Top parade float, on our parade float there will be hot dancers to interact with our overseas participants; complimentary admission ticket to main party at night.

 

Day 4 (Sunday, 10/27/13)

After main party from last night, go straight to the morning party.

 

Day 5 (Monday, 10/28/13)

At leisure until check-out and transfer to the airport for departure flight.

 

 

2. 5D4N Taipei POT Tour B

 

Day 1: (Thursday, 10/24/13)

Arrive TPE, meet & greet by our good looking gay staff in the airport arrival area; transfer/check-in to hotel and will be presented with a welcome kit; rest of the day at leisure (can explore some gay bars from our recommended list).

 

Day 2 (Friday, 10/25/13)

Complimentary half day Taipei city tour in the afternoon since most of them will be first timer; welcome party at night with complimentary admission ticket.

 

Day 3 (Saturday, 10/26/13)

The “DAY” of the Taipei Pride! Bus pick-up for Taipei pride from hotel, join our exclusive Taipei Pride-on-Top parade float, on our parade float there will be hot dancers to interact with our overseas participants; complimentary admission ticket to main party at night.

 

Day 4 (Sunday, 10/27/13)

After 2 days of fun, heat and crazy activities, check-in to one of our most tranquilized spa resort hotel for total relaxation; complimentary foot massage to prepare you for the recovery party at night with free admission again.

 

Day 5 (Monday, 10/28/13)

At leisure until check-out and transfer to the airport for departure flight.

 

 

3. 4D3N Taipei TOP Tour

 

Day 1: (Thursday, 10/24/13)

 

Arrive TPE, meet & greet by our good looking gay staff in the airport arrival area; transfer/check-in to hotel and will be presented with a welcome kit; rest of the day at leisure (can explore some gay bars from our recommended list).

 

Day 2 (Friday, 10/25/13)

 

Complimentary half day Taipei city tour in the afternoon since most of them will be first timer; welcome party at night with complimentary admission ticket.

 

Day 3 (Saturday, 10/26/13)

 

The “DAY” of the Taipei Pride! Bus pick-up for Taipei pride from hotel, join our exclusive Taipei Pride-on-Top parade float, on our parade float there will be hot dancers to interact with our overseas participants; complimentary admission ticket to main party at night.

 

Day 4 (Sunday, 10/27/13)

 

At leisure until check-out and transfer to the airport for departure flight.

 

Optional Excursion

 

After days of fun, heat and crazy activities, join our optional extension to discover beautiful island, Formosa.

 

No Tour Cost Notice
1 2D1N Tours A Taichung & Lukang 23,000
  1. Private tour.
  2. Meals provided as stated in the itinerary.
  3. Fare includes one night hotel accommodation on twin sharing basis, ENGLISH speaking guide, daily hotel breakfasts, admission fees and all transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle.
  4. Minimum: 2 pax
2 2D1N Tours B Northern Coast & Yilan 19,500
3 4D3N Tours Tour to Central & Southern Taiwan 12,600
  1. Open join, Seat-in-coach group tour.
  2. Lunch and Dinner are not included.
  3. Fare includes hotel accommodation on twin sharing basis, ENGLISH speaking guide, daily hotel breakfasts, admission fees and all transfers by air-conditioned vehicle.
5 5D4N Tours Round Taiwan Excursion 15,900

 

* Above fare based on per pax on a Twin-Sharing room basis.

* Currency: NTD (New Taiwan Dollar), approx. USD1: NTD30, EUR1: NTD40.

 

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(1) 2D1N Tours A Taichung and Lugang's Cultural Heritage

 

Highlights:

 

  1. Take THSR to Taichung City, the largest city in central Taiwan
  2. Enjoy Taiwanese bubble tea in the original tea house
  3. Stay overnight in a glamorous city villa
  4. Visit one of the important historical towns in Taiwan - Lugang
  5. Visit 2 heritage sites of Lugang Tianhou Temple & Lugang Longshan Temple
  6. See a fascinating collection of Ming and Ching dynasty artifacts - Lugang Folk Arts Museum

 

Lugang was the early cultural capital of Taiwan, also a commercially prosperous area. During the Qing period, the town was an important trading port, bringing all types of products to the town and fueling Lugang's economic rise. Lugang was also unrivaled for its high cuisine and a diversity of local snack foods reflecting its broad immigrant mix. Delicious seafood, baked goods, and distinctive street food are part of Lugang's signature appeal. This diverse food culture, along with historic sites, scenic attractions, beautiful craftsmanship, make Lugang a destination as rewarding to the eyes and mind as it is to the palate.

 

Visit Lugang and discover why it shares a spot with Taichung City and Nantou County among Taiwan's must-see "Golden Triangle" tourism destinations.

 

 


 

(2) 2D1N Tours B Northern Coast & Yilan County

 

Highlights:

 

  1. Discover the highlights of Jioufen, the mountain village
  2. Explore the fantastic rock formations and sea-eroded coral shore - Nanya
  3. Longdongwan Cape Trail (dragon's cave)
  4. Sandiaojiao (San Diego) Cape Lighthouse, the easternmost point of Taiwan
  5. Ling Jiu Mountain Wusheng Monastery
  6. Lanyang Museum, Beiguan Tidal Park, Kavalan Whisky distillery

 


(3) 4D3N Tour to Central & Southern Taiwan

 

Day 1: Taipei > Sun Moon Lake

 

  1. Pick up from hotel, Enbus for Nantou, Puli ( a cultural& artistic heaven), Sun Moon Lake Tour and Wen Wu Temple
  2. Tehua Village, Tse-En Pagoda , Holy Monk Shrine
  3. Stay in Del Lago Hotel, Sun Moon Lake (Mountain view room)

 

Day 2: Sun Moon Lake > Lukang > Kaohsiung

 

  1. Sun Moon Lake, Lukang historical and cultural town
  2. Enbus or entrain for Kaohsiung
  3. Stay overnight in Garden Villa Hotel or similar, Kaohsiung

 

Day 3: Kaohsiung > Kenting

 

  1. Pick up from hotel, Enbus for Kenting
  2. Visit Maopitou, Oluanpi Light House, Kenting Park
  3. Stay overnight in Garden Villa Hotel or similar, Kaohsiung

 

Day 4: Kaohsiung > Taipei

 

  1. Kaohsiung City Tour, Cheng Ching Lake
  2. Spring & Autumn Pavilions, Former British Consulate
  3. Back to Taipei

 


 

(4) 5D4N Round Taiwan Excursion

 

Day 1: Taipei > Sun Moon Lake

 

  1. Breakfast at hotel, then we will drive to Sun Moon Lake, which located in the middle of Taiwan and situated 762 meters above sea level in the lofty mountains of Central Taiwan, tour will stops at the famous Wenwu Temple or Literature Warrior Temple dedicated to Confucius as Master of Pen and to Kuan Ti as Master of Sword, Holy Monk Shrine and Tse-En Pagoda.
  2. Hotel: Fleur De Chine – Mountain View Room (5★) or similar

 

Day 2: Sun Moon Lake > Fo Guang Shan Monastery > Kaohsiung

 

  1. Breakfast at hotel, then we will drive to Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Monastery, the most famous Buddhist sacred place of southern Taiwan. Here you will learn about Buddhism during the monastery walking tour, and there will be chance to taste Buddhist vegetarian lunch (at your own cost) and communicate with some of the monks, nuns during the visit to the Main Shrine, Great Buddha Land where you will find a huge Buddha statue.
  2. Continuously, we will drive to Kaohsiung City, which is the second largest city of Taiwan. The tour will take you to Former British Consulate, Love River and Lio Ho Night Market.
  3. Hotel: Grand Hi-Lai Hotel, Kaohsiung (5★) or similar

 

Day 3: Kaohsiung > Kenting > Taitung

 

  1. Morning tour to Kenting National Park, located at Taiwan’s southern tip and the 37 miles of coral-rimmed shoreline along three sides of the park provide its main attractions. Stop will be made at Oluanpi light house, Maopitou coast scenic area and Kenting forest recreation area. Continuously we will drive to Taitung via Southern Link Highway.
  2. Hotel: Naruwan Hotel, Taitung (5★) or similar

 

Day 4: Taitung > East Coast National Scenic Area > Hualien

 

  1. The East Coast National Scenic Are, known as "Taiwan's last unspoiled land", stretches 170 kilometers down the east coast of the island. Weathering, erosion, and accumulation have produced a wide range of landforms here. Our tour will stop at Siaoyeliou, Sansientai, Stone Steps, Caves of the Eight Immortals.
  2. Late afternoon, we will proceed to Hualien and stay overnight in Hotel Silks Place Taroko (5★) or similar

 

Day 5: Hualien > Taroko Gorge > Taipei

 

  1. Visit Taroko National Park. Taroko Gorge is an exceptionally beautiful, narrow raving created by a river which has cut deep into the mountains of solid marble. A road carved into sheer walls of rock snakes its way past forested peaks and cliffs towering thousands of feet above it, while hundreds of feet below a river roars past gigantic marble boulders.
  2. Other attractions include Spring Shrine, Swallow Grotto, Nine Turns of Tunnel, Marble Bridge, Tienshiang and Marble factory.
  3. Back to Taipei through Su Hwa Highway