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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 31, 2016
Lantern festival in Taipei and Yanshui District  (1 Answer)

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 ?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 24, 2016
Best guide for combination of walking hiking and cities  (4 Answers)

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?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 13, 2016
Hualien-Taitung-Kenting-Kaohsiung  (2 Answers)

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?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 09, 2016
Going to Wulai from Taoyuan (Daxi District)  (2 Answers)

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


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 09, 2016
Taoyuan travel  (6 Answers)

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?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 04, 2016
Unexpected trip to Taiwan  (2 Answers)

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.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 03, 2015
Fushoushan  (2 Answers)

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

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 13, 2015
Climbing Yushan in One Day  (1 Answer)

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!!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 21, 2015
Transportation around Taiwan  (3 Answers)

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.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 03, 2014
Taiwan 11 days Trip  (5 Answers)

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.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 26, 2014
Hualien & Cing Jing Accommodation  (3 Answers)

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.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 04, 2014
How long it takes to reach 921 Earthquake Museum from Taichung Airport?  (3 Answers)

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?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 22, 2014
What to see and do within 7 hours in Taichung, Taiwan?  (5 Answers)

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?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 06, 2014
End Nov 21-26 Family trip (include 2 old folks) - 6D5N  (4 Answers)

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

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 18, 2014
Alishan, Taiwan  (1 Answer)

which part to stay in Alishan?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 21, 2014
5days4night Southern Taiwan trip suggestions + taipei hair salon, souvenir help!  (3 Answers)

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?

    Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 16, 2014
    Location Suggestions  (7 Answers)

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

    Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 03, 2013
    whole taiwan  (6 Answers)

    how long it takes to travel whole taiwan?

    Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 26, 2013
    Taipei Hotels  (4 Answers)

    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.


    Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 07, 2013
    Sun Moon Lake

    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.

    Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 31, 2013
    Mooon Cake festival`  (3 Answers)

    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?

    Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 10, 2012
    Visiting Taiwan during Lunar New Year February 2013  (2 Answers)

    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

    Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 25, 2012
    How to plan to go ?  (1 Answer)

    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?

    Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 14, 2012
    Taiwan in NOV  (1 Answer)

    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!

    Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 11, 2012
    Early Sept to Mid Oct Leisure Tour to Taiwan  (1 Answer)

    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 ?


    Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 28, 2012
    Honeymoon Trip 2013  (2 Answers)

    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


    Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 24, 2012
    2 weeks in Taiwan  (2 Answers)

    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

    Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 18, 2012
    8D7N Itinerary Planning Advice  (2 Answers)

    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 =)

    Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 09, 2012
    Advices needed for my Taiwan itinerary  (5 Answers)

    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!


    Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 22, 2011
    can you please recommend some hotels in Taiwan?  (2 Answers)

    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.


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