Hope this reduces the number of headaches forumers have been getting. Happy planning!
Non-official hotel website photos and virtual tours:
Old hotel thread for the very patient:
Photo itineraries (helps you decide where to go):
Jiufen & Jinguashih accommodations:
Jiaoshi hot spring hotels (midway between Taipei and Hualien):
Taipei with kids:
Why visit Taiwan?
Kenting National Park:
Food & Dining:
Minsu on Chinjing:
www.shangrila-resort.com.tw (links to Shangrila Music Villa & Shangrila Hanging Garden Resort)
Sun Moon Lake accommodations:
http://www.thelalu.com.tw/ $$$ + $$!
This looks like a charming lodge---Fu Hao Vacation Villa - (Check out the photos of Taiwanese rock star Wubai and TV host Jacky Wu in the second link.)
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WHY VISIT TAIWAN? Should be this:
Sun Moon Lake, a mountain lake at 760m above sea level (perimeter 35km); Suao, which has one of only 2 or 3 cold springs on earth; Taroko Gorge; Hohuan Mt. (3416m but you needn't go that high :-)), which has the highest road in E. Asia; nearby Ching Jing (1800m) with its pretty mountain lodges; Jade Mt., the highest in E. Asia (3952m but you needn't go that high either); Alishan (2216m), which has one of 3 alpine railroads remaining in the world---the other 2 are in the Peruvian and Himalayas alps; Kenting, the only national park in Taiwan that includes ocean area; Taitung, where the famous Chihpen hot springs are located; and Green Island, which has one of only 2 or 3 salt water hot springs on earth."
Thanks to all the enquiries from our old friends and new from Singapore and elsewhere, we have really been motivated to do our homework---and travelers have been handing in their homework upon returning from their trips as well, so thoughtful---and as a result, we now have all this info a click of the mouse away. :-)
Taitung & Green Island Accommodations:
Board the ferry for Green Island at Fugang Harbor 富岡漁港:
"如果您要到綠島或者蘭嶼去旅遊，搭船的地點就在這裡。" Translation: "If you wish to go to Green Island or Orchid Island (Lanyu), board the boat here."
How to get to Fugang Harbor from Taitung:
"搭乘台東往花蓮、靜浦、成功的鼎東、花蓮客運，於富岡站下車。" Translation: From Taitung 台東, take Hualien Bus 花蓮客運 or Dingdung Bus 鼎東客運, "To Hualien 往花蓮", "To Jinpu 往靜浦", or "To Chengkung 往成功" route; alight at Fugang Harbor 富岡漁港.
the ferry schedule changes according to the season, but in general, departures are every hour. Fares are the same for all ferries:
Taitung - Green Island Round Trip: TWD800
Taitung - Orchid Island (Lanyu) RT: TWD2000
Taitung - Orchid Island - Green Island RT: TWD2200
For reservations and island transportation:
The above link contains a link to last year's timetable: 94/7/11 means 2005/July/11; Taitung is 台東; Green Island is 綠島; Orchid Island is 蘭嶼.
If you're wondering what's on Orchid Island, it's home to the indigenous Yami tribe, who are really, really isolated from the rest of the Republic of China.
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NIce work CC!! Clap Clap Clap
"we have really been motivated to do our homework"
Nice touch , thanks but you cant fool anyone with the "we" bit :):):)
I set the cracker on fire & invite the Lion & dragon dance for Ur effort.....Travel planning to Taipei never been that easy until now.
Taiwan Tourism should really make both of U ambassador of Taiwan beside Ah mei. ^_____^
Let me add something to "Why Visit Taiwan?"
You can enjoy the luxurious living standard while experiencing the "real" traditional Chinese culture and artifacts.
No matter what language you speak or what race you are, Taiwanese people are always friendly to help you out.
Thanks, Nutty and Me^Only, but come on, this thread is a collaboration of everyone's efforts! A thanks to everyone for all the invaluable input! Here's what I mean:
Itineraries / Trip Reports:
(Please feel free to post your trip reports on the above thread, folks.)