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  • Lantern festival in Taipei and Yanshui District

    by Chilling_Chua Online Now May 31, 2016 at 7:28 AM

    Hi everybody,

    I'm planing my first trip to Taiwan next year for the lantern festival and wanted to see to the Yanshui District Beehive festival. My idea was to take the high speed train from Taipei, where I would stay for the rest of the trip. Does anyone have some experience, hint or tips for a trip like this (except the obvious regarding clothing, earplug etc).

    What is most important IMO:

    • how to get around Tainan/Yanshui District to actually get to the places where the 'walls' are placed, as traffic seems to be shut down during the holidays ?
    • is the train a good option, or are there better ones ?
    • what's the best times of day to be there ?
    • can you recommend a hotel around there (or could you even go back the same day)?
    • when are the festivals in Taipei itself and could you even see the Beehive and the traditionals in one trip ?

    1 Answer Jun 1, 2016 at 7:37 PM
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    Best guide for combination of walking hiking and cities

    by rgenn Online Now May 24, 2016 at 10:18 PM

    I will be in Taiwan in November for 3-4 weeks and need a guide for the national parks and hiking, walking areas and for the cities. Recommendations?

    4 Answers Sep 4, 2016 at 12:19 AM
  • Hualien-Taitung-Kenting-Kaohsiung

    by bohemian_wanderer Online Now Apr 13, 2016 at 9:16 PM

    I plan on driving from Hualien to Kaohsiung. Looking at the map, I should take Highway 11 for a scenic drive from Hualien to Taitung, then Highway 11 merges into Highway 9, but approaching Pingtung, Highway 9 goes inland so I'm wondering which route do you recommend for the rest of the way?


    2 Answers Apr 14, 2016 at 5:39 PM
  • Going to Wulai from Taoyuan (Daxi District)

    by bohemian_wanderer Online Now Apr 9, 2016 at 10:58 PM

    How easy is it to go from Wulai from Taoyuan (Daxi District) vs. Taipei (let's say, the main station) to Wulai?


    2 Answers Apr 13, 2016 at 9:12 PM
  • Taoyuan travel

    by bohemian_wanderer Online Now Apr 9, 2016 at 10:19 PM

    I will be visiting Taoyuan and would like some feedback on my itinerary as well as advice on transportation options.

    I will first stay in Taoyuan district (桃園區) to visit Mt.Hutou (虎頭山) and Sanxia (三峽). Then I will stay in Daxi district (大溪區) to visit Daxi Old Street (大溪老街), Leofoo Village (六福村), and 桃源仙谷 (no idea what the English name is, but it's this place -

    How is public transportation to each of these places? Or should I just hire a cab or uber?



    6 Answers Apr 10, 2016 at 10:22 AM
  • Unexpected trip to Taiwan

    by thymetogo Online Now Jan 4, 2016 at 5:26 AM

    We have been unexpectedly invited to Taiwan for Chinese New Year. We will be staying with friends in Hsinchu and Boashan Township. I know nothing about either place but have been asked to think of places we would like to visit and things to do. Please can people help with advice.
    I know about Japanese culture and places etc but Taiwanese is completely new to me.
    What should we be aware of re cultural mistakes etc? Should we bring lots of little gifts for everyone we meet or visit?
    The main family yes I understand that.
    Advice is needed and much appreciated.
    We are late 60's and early 70's and like many western women I am over weight and suffer from arthritis but love to walk but not long hikes.
    Thanks everyone.

    2 Answers Jan 4, 2016 at 8:22 PM
  • Fushoushan

    by tpg Online Now Aug 3, 2015 at 10:24 PM

    When is the best time to view a carpet of violet cosmos?

    2 Answers Sep 28, 2015 at 1:29 AM
  • Climbing Yushan in One Day

    by herblai Online Now May 13, 2015 at 8:38 PM

    I would like to find out how to do the above summit bid:

    1) how to get the two permits: mountain and police permits? How long does it take? How early does the police station at the trail head open?

    2) initial idea is to hire a moped/scooter from a nearby (or not-so-close) town/city before riding to the trail head before dawn. How easy is it to hire the wheels with a UK licence? How much does it usually costs?

    3) how long is the hike? How arduous? For reference, I had climbed Mt Kinabaru at 4100m ASL last year.

    4) what other issues I should consider?

    Thank you in advance!!

    1 Answer May 14, 2015 at 7:51 AM
  • Transportation around Taiwan

    by jamiekyt2208 Online Now Feb 21, 2015 at 6:09 AM

    Hi, i'm travelling around taiwan. Can please help to let me know what is the best way to travel :

    1. From Taipei city Centre to Jiu Fen
    2. From Jiu Fen to Hualian
    3. From Hualian to Alishan
    4. From Alishan to Taipei city Centre

    Thank you in advance.


    3 Answers Feb 21, 2015 at 4:07 PM
  • Taiwan 11 days Trip

    by jamiekyt2208 Online Now Nov 3, 2014 at 6:49 AM

    Hi, I'm planning a 11 Days round the Island trip.

    I need help on my itinerary, as below is the place that i would like to cover. I would like to know is it sounds logic witht the time allocated ?
    Day 1 & 2 : Jioufen
    Day 3 & 4 : Wulai, Wulai Falls & Hot Spring
    Day 5 : Hualien City
    Day 6 : Taroko Gorge
    Day 7 & 8 : Alishan
    Day 9, 10 & 11 : Taipei, Keelung & Dansui

    Need help, anyone who can advise is the above route make sense, in terms of transportation & day spend for each location.

    And also, I will be going early April, is there any cherry blossom can be seen during this season ? If yes, where would be the best place to go ?

    Thanks in advance.


    5 Answers Jan 22, 2015 at 5:04 AM
  • Hualien & Cing Jing Accommodation

    by ceres24 Online Now Aug 26, 2014 at 8:11 AM

    Can you pls recommend a nice, clean but cheap hotel in Taipei, Hualien and Cing Jing for 2 people? We are not actually particular with the view.

    Hope someone can help me. Thanks.

    3 Answers Aug 3, 2016 at 3:49 AM
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    How long it takes to reach 921 Earthquake Museum from Taichung Airport?

    by Chyan Online Now Jun 4, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    Hi, Taiwan VT,

    I want to know how long it takes to reach 921 Earthquake Museum from Taichung Airport by taxi or shuttle bus?

    Are there enough taxis in Taichung?

    Is there Taichung Tower in the city?

    3 Answers Jun 9, 2014 at 1:48 AM
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    What to see and do within 7 hours in Taichung, Taiwan?

    by Chyan Online Now May 22, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    Dear Taiwan VT,

    What can i see and do within 7 hours in Taichung other than its international airport?

    i heard that traffic to Taichung downtown can be congested. Is it true?


    5 Answers Jun 6, 2014 at 7:39 AM
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    End Nov 21-26 Family trip (include 2 old folks) - 6D5N

    by sillyger Online Now Apr 6, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    Hi All
    I need help to come up with itinerary which suitable for two my old folks in the family trip. Though this is not my first trip to Taiwan but I always travel alone therefore not much of an issue. My old folks are in their mid 70s, therefore I also need recommendation for good & reliable private driver to cater for this family (3 adults, 2 elderly, 2 teenagers)

    Would it be too taxing to travel around with old folks..
    Mainly I would bring them experience Yeliu/Jiufen/Shifen/Beitou (Hot Spring)/Night Market, Yilan & Keelung also nice place to explore. Please help me...

    Taipei - Yilan - Keelung - Taipei

    4 Answers Sep 25, 2014 at 7:59 PM
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    Alishan, Taiwan

    by Nicetch Online Now Mar 18, 2014 at 2:52 AM

    which part to stay in Alishan?

    1 Answer Mar 18, 2014 at 4:47 AM
  • 5days4night Southern Taiwan trip suggestions + taipei hair salon, souvenir help!

    by sunlake Online Now Feb 21, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    I'm going to spend 5 days in the southern part of Taiwan, mainly in Chiayi and Kaoshing, and I am not sure if this itinerary works, so I wonder if I can get feedback or suggestions? Much appreciated if you can help me out!

    March21/1st night

    from taipei travel down to Chiayi by high speed railway train ----> (do-able?)

    • haven't decided where to stay yet. It's either a hostel/budget hotel in ChiaYi OR a hotel up on Alishan Mountain (suggestions welcome!)
    • If I'm staying in a hotel on Alishan Mountain. When do I get to the hotel if I depart from Taipei at 6pm by the high speed train and Alishan Forest Railway?

     March 22/2nd day 

    early morning, from a Chiayi hotel--->take Alishan Forest Railway to watch sunrise (Do you watch sunrise in the train?)------>I have to get to the visitor center on Alishan before 9am to join a 1 day tour for cherry blossom, dancing, tree hugging activities, etc------>return to the Chiayi hotel around evening

    • alternative route:  If I am staying in a hotel on Alishan mountain, I don't have to wake up at 4am to catch the Alishan train for sunrise, instead just watching sunrise around 8am.  Then I'll just join the 1 day tour, then either return to the hotel on Alishan mountain or relocate to a Chiayi hotel taking the Alishan Forest train at 7pm
    • I read that sunrise at Xiuguluan Mountain and Jade mountain(玉山) on Alishan in Spring, does this mean I don't need to get to Jhushan (祝山). Spring sunrise happens at different time and place than other seasons right? So whether I watch the sun rises today or on the 24th, it really doesn't matter as long as I pick the right place to watch?
    • I read that the railway line is being repaired.  The Alishan Forest railyway has re-opened but it stops at Fencihu? If so, how do I get to Jhushan from Fencihu?

    March23/3rd day

    Chiayi to Lukang by high speed train---->1 day tour----->reutnr to Chiayi hotel

    March 24/4th day 

    morning at Chiayi to take a 1 day tour up to Alishan for other fun things to do in the mountain---->return to Chiayi

    At night around 7pm, take the high speed train down to Kaoshing (I think need to hop off at ZuoYing Station and switch to MRT to get off at Kaoshing MRT station? Can someone confirm this?). Stay a night in Kaoshing (no idea where to stay, so welcome suggestions!)

    March25/5th day 

    morning--->British consulate

    What to do in the day? Where to stay for lunch? I have visited Liouho Night market so I'm not going there on this trip.

    Night----> Take high speed train back to taipei


    Questions for Taipei

    1. Where can I find a hair salon? Something not too expensive (best if it's affordable or at mid-range price) and I can get a stylish haircut.

    2. There are so many branches of Ding Tai Fung, which branch is better? I heard there's one branch I must try, which one is it?

    3. Looking for jewelry boutiques. I just want to get some necklaces for daily wear, nothing that screams a "statement", not looking for jade, not looking for any exotic that screams I got it from an Asian country.  I'm just looking for something like they're from H&M or department stores, but of course not from these places, any suggestion? 

    4. Any website for lunch/dinner restaurants suggestions? A website that I can read people's review on dining experiences and food quality?

    5. Looking to buy pineapple tart, which brand is good? buy it in taipei or in other cities (I was thinking how some food are better in some particular cities because the food are better known and made in those particular cities)?

    6. Want to get Taiwan souvenir but don't want to buy nick-nacks. Is Jiufen old street a good place to get souvenir?


    Questions for transportation

    get easy card or railway pass?  Does easy card let me take the high speed train, take buses?  Railway has different passes, get the 5 day joint/express pass OR multi-ride ticket?  OR get a pass for students?

      3 Answers Mar 5, 2014 at 4:32 PM
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      Location Suggestions

      by ValentinaY Online Now Jan 16, 2014 at 9:40 PM

      Going Taiwan this April, any suggestions to where to go ( sightseeing, food, shopping, theme parks ) :D

      7 Answers Jan 20, 2014 at 5:51 PM
    2. whole taiwan

      by yhua Online Now Dec 3, 2013 at 9:35 PM

      how long it takes to travel whole taiwan?

      6 Answers Apr 2, 2014 at 6:01 PM
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      Taipei Hotels

      by huggy93 Online Now Aug 26, 2013 at 6:55 PM

      Will be in Taiwan for 5 nights early Oct and was wondering if anybody could recommend any hotels that are reasonable cost and quite centrally located. I have checked out some hotels but is always nice to hear of hotels that people have stayed in.


      4 Answers Aug 27, 2013 at 5:29 AM
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      Sun Moon Lake

      by somsakmah Online Now Apr 7, 2013 at 8:42 AM

      Anyone has any recommendations on where to stay in Sun Moon Lake, Nantou, Taiwan? There are many hotels available from the Internet all claiming to have a lake view but I believe some do have and some are exaggerated. Prefer on the west side of the lake so as to be able to see the sunrise over the lake.
      The hotels are mainly clustered on the west side and east side of the lake. Is there any difference in these two areas? For example, is one of them less populated, or less touristy, or less shops, or less night life etc.

    5. Mooon Cake festival`

      by HelloT Online Now Jan 31, 2013 at 5:08 PM

      Hi all...

      I am planing to go during the Moon Cake festival period somewhere mid sept.
      But is it a good time to go during the Moon Cake festival period?
      will the night market still happening during that period?
      and the shops are they open?

      3 Answers Mar 13, 2013 at 9:45 PM
    6. Visiting Taiwan during Lunar New Year February 2013

      by horizonsouth Online Now Dec 10, 2012 at 6:48 PM

      Hi all,

      I am planning to visit Taiwan (Taipei, Taroko Goorge, etc) during Lunar New Year Feb 2013. We are 2 adult, 2 children. But recently I read, Taiwan will have one full week holiday during Lunar New Year 2013.

      My questions are:
      1. Is it a good time to visit Taiwan during Lunar New Year? Will it be very crowded? Or maybe all shops, restaurant, museum, attraction places will be closed whole week?

      2. Will the hotel be fully booked during that period? More expensive?

      3. How about transportation? Will it be difficult to catch buses / taxis? If we go out from Taipei, will the highway fully jammed with cars?

      Hmm... really want to go holiday during the Lunar New Year. But do not know where to go.. I am thinking some alternative destinations e.g. Korea or Japan.. but I heard that both Korea and Japan are very cold in February... :((.

      Thanks a lot

      2 Answers Jan 26, 2013 at 8:05 PM
    7. How to plan to go ?

      by keigoch Online Now Nov 25, 2012 at 5:56 AM

      Hi all,

      Firstly thank you for answering my questions. I would be travelling to Taipei in early Decemeber this year and staying near to ximending.

      I would like to ask is it possible to travel to Sun Moon Lake, PingXi, Jiufen and sunnyhills shop to buy the pineapple cakes? if possible, how do i go about it?

      1 Answer Dec 6, 2012 at 2:51 AM
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      Taiwan in NOV

      by sukino Online Now Oct 14, 2012 at 6:47 AM

      Hi all, I am almost done with the itinerary planning, travelling in Kaohsiung and Taipei, but need advise for two questions:

      1) Found this interesting route:
      Visit Fo Guang Shan Mountain (Buddha Lights Mountain), Tsoying Spring and Autumn Pavilion, Chengching Lake and then Sizihwan Bay (西子灣). Tour to Eternal Golden Castle, Anping Ancient Castle and the Chamber of Red Hill in Tainan.

      Is this do-able in one day? Where is Fo Guang Shan Mountain. -_-' I have tried to google it and found it in Tainan, really?

      2) Yeliou Ocean World to Miao Kou NM
      Is there any public bus going to Miao Kou NM from the ocean world?

      Thanks in advance!

      1 Answer Oct 14, 2012 at 6:56 AM
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      Early Sept to Mid Oct Leisure Tour to Taiwan

      by LFamily Online Now Jul 11, 2012 at 8:50 AM

      Dear all

      We are planning a leisure trip to Taiwan especially to Leofoo resort for 2 adults & 1 toddler.
      A bit last minute as its aldy July, still thinking if to go by tour or free& easy.
      Any one knows any good tour package that include Leofoo & 小人国 to recommend ?

      Could anyone advise me
      1) Weather in Taiwan around Leofoo and nearby areas in early September to early october?

      2) Any lovely and interesting place to recommend ?


      1 Answer Jul 26, 2012 at 11:27 PM
    10. Honeymoon Trip 2013

      by TeeChristine Online Now Apr 28, 2012 at 5:05 AM

      Hi Ladies & Gentlemen

      I am planning my honeymoon trip next year in end of January 2013.1 week holiday in Taiwan.

      Wish you all can give me some tips & advise if my travel date is 1 week before Chinese New Year it is advisable to go taiwan at this time? How's the weather this time? Will Tourist attraction very crowded? How about the hotel, is this time expensive also?

      I am look forward to hear from you all soon.

      Thank you


      2 Answers Aug 20, 2012 at 1:29 AM
    11. 2 weeks in Taiwan

      by bbhome1 Online Now Mar 24, 2012 at 10:21 PM

      I will be in Taiwan for 2 weeks in July 2012. My rough itinerary is Taipei-Yilan-Hualien-Cingjing-Taichung-Tainan-Taipei.

      Appreciate if anyone can advise transport options from Hualien to Cingjing, Taichung to Tainan.

      Also if there are any recommended homestays in Hualien and Tainan?

      Thanks in advance

      2 Answers May 19, 2012 at 11:04 AM
    12. 8D7N Itinerary Planning Advice

      by jenoosia Online Now Jan 18, 2012 at 8:33 PM

      Hi, I've booked a week-long trip to Taiwan this February and I would like to ask a few questions regarding the itinerary I drew up. I will be traveling solo, traveling light, and traveling on a tight budget, so I'm planning on staying in hostels. Here's my proposed itinerary:

      Date of Trip: February 3 (Friday) to 10, 2012

      *Day 1/8 - Airport/Chiayi/Alishan
      From the airport, go to Taoyuan HSR bound for Chiayi
      Take Chiayi Bus to Alishan

      *Day 2/8 - Alishan/Chiayi/Taipei
      Around noon, depart Alishan for Chiayi
      Take Chiayi HSR back to Taipei

      *Day 3-4/8 - Taipei/Pingxi
      Pingxi for Sky Lantern Festival

      *Day 5/8 - Taipei/Hualien/Taroko
      Take Early AM Train to Hualien
      Tour Taroko/Overnight in Taroko

      *Day 6/8 - Taroko/Hualien/Taipei
      Back to Hualien
      Take afternoon train to Taipei

      *Day 7-8/8 - Taipei


      1. (Day 1) Flight arrives at 9:25 AM, planning to take bus to Taoyuan HSR station -> HSR to Chiayi, can I make it to the 2:00 PM Bus to Alishan?

      2. (Day 4) What's the suggested time to Pingxi to avoid the crowds of commuters? Also, is it easy to commute back to Taipei after the festivities at night, and what are my options?

      3. (Day 5) Is it better to take a buffer day from going to Pingxi if I have to get up early to go to Hualien or is this schedule okay?

      4. (Day 5/6) Is it better to do a day trip of Taroko Gorge or stay in the Gorge overnight?

      5. (Day 5/6) Since I'm traveling alone, would it be cheaper to join a tour group or hire a taxi/driver for a day? Or can I go about the Gorge solo?

      It would be better to take the Taroko Express Train from Taipei to cut down travel time to around 2 hours, right? Regarding this:

      6. (Day 5/6) Do I have to reserve tickets for this train or can I just drop by the station on the day itself to buy tickets?

      7. (Day 5/6) I'm kind of confused on where to get off. Should I get off at Hualien or Sincheng?

      I would also appreciate any suggestions regarding my itinerary.

      Thanks a lot =)

      2 Answers Feb 21, 2012 at 7:11 PM
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      Advices needed for my Taiwan itinerary

      by marcus_gsh Online Now Jan 9, 2012 at 1:15 AM

      Hi all,

      I will travel to lovely Taiwan from 4-Mar until 11-Mar.
      I will stay the first 3 nights in 台北市.
      For rest of 4 nights, I wish to visit 高雄 (2 nights) and 清境/阿里山 (2 nights)
      then back to 桃园机场 around 1pm.

      I will travel all by my own, not plan to signup any tour package/hire private driver.
      Therefore, I need advices how to arrangement my last 4 nights and the related transportation, so that i can back to 桃园机场 on time on my last day.

      Please help to comment. Thanks!


      5 Answers Feb 21, 2012 at 7:14 PM
    14. can you please recommend some hotels in Taiwan?

      by arabianights Online Now Dec 22, 2011 at 7:35 PM

      i'm going to arrive in Taiwan in January 13th, 2012 and plan to travel around the island. first stop would be Taipei city. currently i'm looking at where to stay, what to do in different parts of the island.

      would appreciate if anyone can recommend some decent hotels to stay. i'm not looking for fancy hotels, just to be clean and in convenient locations.


      2 Answers Jan 12, 2012 at 11:54 AM