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6 Off the Beaten Path Destinations in Taiwan

Taiwan News
Date: 2018/07/13
By: Zack Davisson, Taiwan News, Contributing Writer

Jiufen (Photo courtesy of NH)

People have many common misconceptions about Taiwan. Foreigners tend  think of the island state as an extension of China and Chinese culture. While historically, China has significantly impacted Taiwan, Taiwanese people take great pride in their unique way of life combining Chinese, Japanese, colonial, and native influences. Another common mistake made by travelers is the idea that Taiwan is defined by Taipei. While the capital city has a lot to offer and is the heartbeat of the island, there’s a vast landscape of traditional villages, gorgeous mountain peaks, and friendly locals to admire elsewhere. In fact, business travelers venture out so little from Taipei that they are rarely out of viewing distance of the towering Taipei 101 skyscraper.

If you’re looking to embrace Taiwan and discover some of its many hidden gems, the travel experts at AllTheRooms have got you covered with these off-the-beaten-path places.    [FULL  STORY]

Staying at The Grand Hotel, Taipei, Taiwan

NZ Herald
Date: 9 Jul, 2018
By: Lucy Casley

The Grand Hotel, Taipei, Taiwan.

Lucy Casley checks into The Grand Hotel, Taipei, Taiwan.

Getting there:

The hotel is located in central Taipei — a short bus or train ride from Taipei Airport.

Check-in experience: My mouth dropped to the floor when we arrived at this hotel because of its classic Chinese architecture and decor. Everything is royal red, from the carpet, to the railings to some of the walls. Beautiful mosaics cover the ceilings and statues are dotted around the hotel. There is a wall of fame featuring photographs of presidents and royalty visiting the hotel from the 1950s onwards. We were welcomed very warmly and professionally by the manager and other staff and were able to check in immediately.

Room: I stayed in a Deluxe room, which had a beautiful balcony overlooking the city. It had two single beds, a desk that looked like it was set up for some serious business, a mini fridge, a kettle, fruit and two water bottles. The fruit was not free, nor was the water in the fridge, but the room-temperature water was complimentary. Having not checked the policy list, I went for the refrigerated water after a day in the heat.

Bathroom: The electronic toilet had a controller where you could adjust the heating of the toilet seat. There were a lot of other buttons but it was all in Mandarin, so I stuck to my usual toilet routine to be safe. There was also a bath and separate shower with good water pressure.

Toiletries: Very comprehensive including a dental kit, razor, bathrobe and slippers.

Facilities: Remarkable banquet rooms for special events, shops on level two, a restaurant, gym, sauna, swimming pool, tennis courts and a business centre.

The bed: Single and very cosy with crisp, clean white linen.

Price: $640 per night.    [FULL  STORY]

New Cijin-KW2 ferry route launched in Taiwan’s Kaohsiung

Taiwan News
Date: 2018/06/13
By:  Central News Agency

Taipei, June 13 (CNA) A new ferry route from Cijin Island to Kaohsiung Port Warehouse

A new electric ferry service opened in Kaohsiung Wednesday. (By Central News Agency)

No.2 (KW2), next to Kaohsiung Pier-2 Art Center, started Wednesday with an official launch ceremony at KW2.

After attending the ceremony, Minister of Transportation and Communications Ho Chen Tan, Taiwan International Ports Corp. Chairman Wu Hong-mo and acting Kaohsiung Mayor Hsu Li-ming boarded the ferry for its maiden voyage.

Noting that the new route will be serviced by electric boats, the transportation minister said this new green transport choice, together with the Kaohsiung Mass Rapid Transit (KMRT) and light rail system, will not only help boost local tourism and economic development but also promote environmental protection.

The new line complements an existing ferry route linking Cijin with the Hamasen area, a tourist destination located in the northwest of Kaohsiung Port.
Hsu said the new route’s cost-performance value is high as it improves connections between several tourist destinations, including KW2, Cijin and the Hamasen area.
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Taiwanese citizens to enjoy expedited entry to South Korea by June

A reciprocal agreement on electronic customs clearance services between Taiwan and South Korea will soon take effect, says a Korean official

Taiwan News 
Date: 2018/06/09
By: Teng Pei-ju, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The reciprocal agreement between Taiwan and South Korea

The e-Gate system at Taiwan’s airports (By Central News Agency)

on electronic customs clearance services at airports will take effect by the end of June, which will allow expedited entry for Taiwanese and Korean citizens traveling to one another’s country.

Park Kijun, deputy representative of the Korean Mission in Taipei, said the electronic customs clearance systems implemented in Taiwan and South Korea would be available for South Korean and Taiwanese passport holders at the end of the month, reported the Central News Agency.

The deputy representative was confident that the reciprocal measure would boost mutual visits between Taiwan and South Korea. He predicted that the number of tourists traveling between the two countries could surpass two million this year.

According to the Tourism Bureau, the number of Korean tourists visiting Taiwan outnumbered one million in 2017, increasing by 170,000 compared to the previous year.    [FULL  STORY]

Spring Scream’s inland move sends chill through tourism industry in Taiwan’s southernmost beach town

A planned move of the venue for this year’s “Spring Scream” music and art festival has sent a chill through the tourism industry in Kenting

Taiwan News 
Date: 2018/02/05
By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News)—A planned move of the venue for this year’s “Spring Scream”

Spring Scream music and art festival (photo from the event’s official website)

music and art festival, which is part of the annual Kenting Music Festival, has sent a chill through the tourism industry in Kenting, a popular beach town near the southernmost tip of Taiwan that has been experiencing a serious tourism slump in recent years.

According to a brief announcement on Spring Scream’s official website, the musical event will move from Kenting to Kentington Resort (小墾丁度假村) in Manzhou Township, Pingtung County, and the festival is scheduled to take place over the three days from April 5 to April 7.

Spring Scream was founded in Taiwan by two foreign musicians who decided to create the festival in 1995 to encourage the development of independent bands and original creations. Over the years, the event has greatly boosted local economy.   [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan flaunts new event series, networking opportunities

CEI.asia
Date: 22 Nov 2017
By: Staff Reporter 

Taiwan is renowned for breathtaking scenery, diverse culture, local delicacies, a wealth of incentive tour options, top-tier event infrastructure and outstanding MICE services.


Putting the goods on display

On the back of these assets, MEET TAIWAN (Taiwan’s MICE promotions program) is holding a series of roadshows in the Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea and France, putting on display the facilities and services that Taiwan has to offer.

Delegates at these events included representatives from travel agencies, MICE consulting firms, airlines and hundreds of overseas buyers. Presentations throughout the day centred on topics like team-building, CSR initiatives, and work-life balance.

Meanwhile, this year’s familiarisation tour was aptly titled “SENSE Taiwan”. 20 delegates were treated to a custom-built itinerary, featuring culinary courses for making tasty steamed dumplings, sweets, and traditional Taiwanese cuisine, and a CSR journey exploring the area’s vibrant aboriginal culture.


Teaming up in Taiwan

The fourth annual Asia Super Team competition took place from 16-20 of October, with teams of four competing through local contests, team performance, digital presence and more, and with the grand prize being a US$50,000 incentive travel package to Taiwan, the stakes were high. Throughout the event, teams had the chance to venture to some of Taiwan’s most beloved locations, experience first-hand both traditional and contemporary Taiwanese culture, and enjoy the best corporate meeting facilities the area has to offer.
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Watch tens of thousands of bats filling sky on Taiwan’s northeastern coast

Taiwan News
Date: 2017/07/11
By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News)–New Taipei Government has invited the public to watch

New Taipei Government has invited the public to watch tens of thousands of bats flying out of Taiwan’s biggest bat caves on the northeastern coast of Taiwan.

tens of thousands of bats flying out of Taiwan’s biggest bat caves on the northeastern coast of Taiwan by holding a series of bat watching events at a park near the caves.

Ruifang District Warden Chen Chi-cheng (陳奇正) said the bat watching events will open on the evening of the coming Saturday (July 15) at the Bat Cave Park in the Ruifang district off the scenic coastal highway (Provincial Highway No. 2). He said the city government will provide free shuttle bus service from Ruifang Railway Station to and from the event venue, starting at 4 p.m. on July 15.

The Ruifang bat caves are located near the entrance of the highway tunnel at the kilometer mark 75 on Provincial Highway No. 2.    [FULL  STORY]

Accessing the Best of Alishan in Taiwan

How can you travel one of Taiwan’s most popular tourist attractions?

The News Lens
Date: 2017/04/16
By: Steven Crook

Photo Credit:阿里山賓館官網

The high-altitude resort of Alishan has long been one of Taiwan’s most popular tourist destinations, thanks to an alluring blend of mountain scenery, pristine forests, indigenous culture and temperatures appreciably lower than the 30-plus degrees Celsius often experienced on the lowlands.

For some, the narrow-gauge railway that climbs from 30 m (98 ft) above sea level to 2,216 m (7,270 ft) is reason enough to visit Alishan. This century-old railroad – built to carry supplies up and felled trees down – features no fewer than 77 bridges and 50 tunnels, and delivers passengers to the heart of Alishan National Forest Recreation Area.    [FULL  STORY]

A hike to uplift spirit on Marian Hiking Trail in Jiaoxi

The most challenging trail in Jiaoxi is unequivocally the Marian Hiking Trail located above the Wufengchi Waterfalls.

Taiwan News
Date: 2017/04/16
By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News)–Besides hot spring hotels and the Wufengqi Waterfall, Jiaoxi in the northeastern Taiwanese county of Yilan is equally famous for its hiking trails that are sure to reward hikers with physical and spiritual benefits.

The most challenging trail in Jiaoxi is unequivocally the Marian Hiking Trail located above the Wufengchi Waterfalls. To take on this trail, take a train and get off at Jiaoxi Station, then take a Taiwan Tourist Shuttle Bus to the Wufengqi Scenic Area stop, where the trail head is located nearby.

Visitors can start hiking by visiting the waterfalls first or go directly to the entrance of the trail on the bank of the Dezihkou River.    [FULL  STORY]

Hualien among ‘top rising travel destinations’: TripAdvisor

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2016/12/08
By: Lee Hsin-Yin

Taipei, Dec. 8 (CNA) Travel website TripAdvisor on Wednesday recommended Hualien as an ideal

CNA file photo

travel destination while announcing its annual “Travellers’ Choice Awards for Destinations on the Rise,” which ranked the eastern Taiwan county the seventh-best destination in Asia.

Taroko National Park (太魯閣國家公園) was singled out as a must-see location in Hualien, according to the website, which also lauded the ocean view at Shihtiping (石梯坪).

“Most people come to Hualien to visit Taroko Gorge and with good reason — it’s simply beautiful. With rope bridges over rivers, hiking trails with astounding views and temples cut into the mountainside, it’s an unforgettable place,” the website said.

The awards recognize 43 destinations around the world selected by an algorithm primarily based on year-by-year increases in positive TripAdvisor traveler review ratings for accommodation, restaurants, attractions and increased interest in booking trips.    [FULL  STORY]