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Old 16.05.2014, 19:15
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Taiwan help please!

Hello all,

My boyfriend and I are going to Taiwan in July and I have so much to organise! We're spending around a week in Taipei, then going to Taitung for a few days (so we can take the boat over to Green and Orchid islands). We're currently looking at our travel options to get from Taipei to Taitung and back. I think ideally we would take the train there and then rent a car for the way back so we can stop at Taroko Gorge, but I don't know if this is feasible. I think I can probably manage to book the train for us (seems a bit difficult to book any transport as the websites are mostly exclusively in Chinese!) but I was wondering if somebody would pooooossibly, in case we need it, mind helping us with it please? Also, how is it driving up the east coast of Taiwan? I've read steep cliffs and crazy truck drivers... is this accurate? Is it difficult to drive there if you don't speak Chinese?

Any advice would be very much appreciated and I'm sure I'll be asking more questions.
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Old 16.05.2014, 21:07
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Re: Taiwan help please!

I've not driven but have travelled around by train and (with someone else driving) car. If you're not able to read the Chinese characters or at least quickly map them to city names on your map, I'd suggest not driving.

Taroko Gorge (Hualian) was very pretty and is an easy trip from Taipei by train. I believe the trains all have English (well, a transliteration of the city names) although I can read the characters so haven't noticed.

I've not been to Taidong (Taitung in the original transliteration system) but it's just a continuation down the East coast.
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Re: Taiwan help please!

Thing is I don't think we'll have time to go to Taroko Gorge if we don't drive as the only "free" time that I haven't already stuffed with activities is the trip between the two cities (there and back).

So far our itinerary goes something like this:


Day 1

13:05 Arrive in Taipei and go to the hotel. Leave bags and walk around the city.

Day 2

Taipei city attractions

Day 3

Northeast coast, Jinguashi, Jioufeng day tour

Day 4

Yeh Liu Geo Park
Taipei zoo
Maokong Gondola
Taipei 101
Taipei Eye

Day 5

Wushanto Guanziling Hot Spring and cuisine day tour


Day 6

Ping Hsi Branch Railway Line walk past rural areas just outside of Taipei.

Day 7

Take train from Taipei to Taitung

Taitung city attractions.

Tiehuacun in the evening

Day 8

Orchid Island

Day 9

Chihpen and Taitung Forest Park

Day 10

Green Island

Day 11

Green Island again?

Day 12

Back to Taipei on train

We leave the day after that.

Is there anyone who's "done" Taiwan that would suggest something different? Thanks!
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Re: Taiwan help please!

Hi , I'm Nancy, Taiwanese, just moved to Switzerland.

There's an island called Penghu in Taiwan which I have a flat there and I went back every summer, it's a nice and beautiful island you can also go and experience.

For any kind of question such as booking train ticket or any problem related to Chinese you can ask me. [Contact byPM]

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Re: Taiwan help please!

Hi Nancy,

I did look at Penghu but it's nowhere near either of our bases, so we've decided to go to Green Island and Orchid Island off of the east coast.

Many thanks for your offer of help - I will probably send you an email closer to the time (you can only book trains 2 weeks in advance) as, speaking no Chinese, it's quite difficult! Thank you
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Re: Taiwan help please!

Hi Kamarate,

I would like to ask you if you know anyone or have any idea who would like to learn Chinese or need a translator or tutor.
Since my boy friend is swiss and I would like to find some PT jobs while staying in Switzerland

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Old 17.05.2014, 13:32
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Re: Taiwan help please!

Honestly I don't know anyone and I certainly don't want to just for a holiday (I will of course try to learn key phrases ) but if I hear of anyone wanting to learn, I will definitely pass your email on.
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Re: Taiwan help please!

Nancy, open a stall in Markthalle Basel selling Taiwanese food.
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Re: Taiwan help please!

Ooo what a fab idea - one of the things I'm most looking forward to is the food. I absolutely cannot wait to stuff my face full of it - and we're staying in an area which is apparently near night markets.
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Everywhere is near a night market! Lovely country. I've been to Taiwan 7 times and am always finding new places to eat.
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Re: Taiwan help please!

Wow, you've been 7 times to Taiwan? What you do there?
A shop is not practical, I would like to find a tutor job or part time related to teaching Chinese or piano. Since I've been tutoring piano and Chinese when I was in Taiwan
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Re: Taiwan help please!

I had the pleasure to visit Taipei, then travelled by the superb high speed train to Kaohsiung. Randomly ended up in an Irish bar.

I can't answer your questions, but I'm jealous of your trip and certainly want to go back for a holiday and see a bit more than airport,hotel, meeting room..
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Old 17.05.2014, 16:11
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Re: Taiwan help please!

It's really nice to hear such positive things. I think Taiwan is still not typically a holiday destination (when you compare with Thailand for instance) and quite a few people have asked me "why are you going there?" as if I've made a big mistake booking it and should have gone for somewhere more touristy. I am slightly concerned about the weather - don't really want to experience a typhoon. I've read that showers are an almost daily occurrence (which honestly is fine by me as long as they're over with quickly!). Really pleased I chose it now.

I forgot to mention I bought a 3-day unlimited iventure card for both of us. You can see what I think are the best options, but what would you choose?

http://taiwan.iventurecard.com/taiwa...nlimited-pass/
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Re: Taiwan help please!

I know this is a bit late, but I just wanted to ask which route you took to fly to Taiwan?
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Re: Taiwan help please!

We flew with KLM on the way there. Geneva to Amsterdam, Amsterdam to Guangzhou then Guangzhou to Taipei. Guangzhou airport is so incredibly boring, just FYI.
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Re: Taiwan help please!

Quickest is likely to be via HKG. Cheapest via BKK.

There are sales from LHR on Cathay but you'd need to price in a return from here to London on top.
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