Originally Posted by GaaraOfTheSand
Need your help urgently.
We will be going to Taiwan on 21 May 2010 for a 11D/10N self-help trip. Three of us, all young adults. First-timers. <snip>
Btw, I could speak and read chinese.
Welcome to FT!
It does seem you'll have a good chunk of time to explore and enjoy both urban and rural Taiwan & your language advantage won't hurt
. It can only get better if you speak/understand Taiwanese.
I would love to give you more tailored advice if I am not currently tied up with a big family funeral. Sorry I can't offer too much help to your upcoming itinerary right now. I would suggest you to take a look at these threads and see if your destination cities/towns/attraction had been previously covered (by me or others):
1. OMNI Game Thread: Cities Name Game in ABC Order
(Search by my FT handle: lin821. You should get 50+ results with Taiwan highlights. Or try this search link
. Not sure how long the system stores per search id though.)
2. Taiwan Will Touch Your Heart: A Virtual Tour
3. There are other threads about Taroko Gorge and Taipei/Taiwan as well. Just look them up in Asia Forum
I hope our other Taiwan experts and/or resident FTers will find time to chime in before you embark your first visit to Taiwan. Some explore Taiwan on foot and know Formosa much better than I do. Listen to them.
Bring your rain gears because the raining season just got started in Taiwan
. Also, pack your tolerance for humidity. You are going to sweat. Loooots of sweat. Trust me on this.
Welcome to Taiwan!
ETA: Hot News
"2010 Southern Taiwan Spring/Summer Entertainment Book", available on 5/19/2010
Since you read Chinese and have a plan to visit Alishan, you may want to check out the 2-day package deals from "2010 Southern Taiwan Spring/Summer Entertainment Book" (南台灣春夏版觀光護照)
that covers 8 cities/counties in Southern Taiwan (Chiayi-Alishan, Tainan, Kaohsiung...etc). I didn't see any press release in English though. (ps. For those who are foreign to Traditional Chinese, try Google Translator
There are 5 themes in these 2-day packages from 2010 Spring/Summer Entertainment Book: Ocean (海洋), Religion (宗教), Forestry (森林), Metropolitan (都會) and Historical Sites (古蹟). You'll find great coupons that offer up to 50% off on hotels and free breakfast/meals, perfect for those who travel in pairs.
The free Entertainment Book is available at KHH Tourist Service Center
, TRA train stations
(@Taipei, Taichung & Kaohsiung), Flying Master Travel Service Centers (飛行家旅行社) at HSR stations
(@Taipei, Taoyuan, Taichung, Tainan & Zuoying), all service centers of Taiwan Area National Freeway Bureau
, and Travel Service Centers of Taiwan Tourism Bureau in Taipei
, Taichung, Tainan & Kaohsiung. Call 07-2712-2300 ext 283 for more info.
ETA Part Two:
Official Press Release
-- 2010 Southern Taiwan Spring/Summer Entertainment Book & e-Coupons: here
(in Traditional Chinese)
To OP, I just noticed Tainan was not on your list. If you are really into food and culture
, I strongly recommend you to possibly replace Taichung with Tainan. Tainan is very famous for Taiwanese "small eats" and also part of 2010 Southern Taiwan Spring/Summer Entertainment Book packages