Kamis, 07 Januari 2010

Chiayi Alishan Mountain and band festival

Chiayi city (嘉義市) is the main city of Chiayi County, a city located in the plains of southwestern Taiwan. Chiayi is best known as the access point of the scenic mountain area of Alishan (阿里山).

Chiayi County relies on mountains and faces the sea. Comparing with other counties and cities in Taiwan, it is the only one that has three great national scenic areas-- Alishan National Scenic Area, Silaya National Scenic Area, and Southwest Coast National Scenic Area. Chiayi County has majestic and broad scenery surrounded with hills and waters, a landscape of lakes and seascapes.

Chiayi is the city of wind music in Taiwan. The wind music festival started as a local event in 1988, when it was more like a joint performance by local wind music bands. Over the years the festival has become the most anticipated annual event in Chiayi.

How to access Chiayi
HSR Chiayi (Taibao) station is on the high-speed line between Taipei (1:30 hours, $1080) and Kaohsiung. The HSR station is over 15 km out of town, but linked to the city by the Chiayi BRT system.

Chiayi is also served by mainline TRA trains and the scenic narrow-gauge Alishan Forest Railway to Alishan, which both leave from the same station, but have separate ticketing counters. Long-distance buses leave from the terminal immediately outside the station, but local buses (notably those to nearby hot spring town Guanzihling) use the Zhongshan Rd bus terminal a few hundred meters down the street.

Chiayi Tourism
Chiayi may be identic with Alishan Forest Recreation Park. Alishan is well known for its sunrises, and on a suitable morning one can observe the sun come up on a sea of clouds in the area between Alishan and Yüshan. Alishan is one of the few places, along with Taiwan’s Sun Moon Lake, and the Mainland China attractions of the Great Wall of China, Huangshan Mountains and Taishan Mountains, that all Chinese people know even in the Mainland. Also well known all around China is the song Ālǐshān de gūniang, ‘the girls of Alishan’, referring to the beuatiful girls of the Tsou aborigial tribe.

Chiayi Park and Botanical Gardens are a lovely way to spend the afternoon. The Botanical Gardens provide pleasant trails that weave you through a large variety of plants and trees native to the area. Ponds hold koi, turtles, and frogs. You can even see hints of a traditional cemetery through the trees in some places. Chiayi park is well-maintained and serves as a center of activity for local adults and children.

Chiayi Park is located in the suburban area of the east Chiayi City. It was first developed along the hilltop landscape. Later, vacant lands to its east and west were included into the park and bridges were constructed and roads built. The park's current measure of area is over 268,000 square meters with tall old trees, waterside pavilions and houses on the terrace, fish ponds rockery decorations, and winding pathways that lead to secluded corners in the park. The design of the park makes good use of the original natural landscape of the area to create tasteful scenery and a free and unfettered ambiance.

2009 Chiayi City International Band Festival
Chiayi is famous for its wind music in Taiwan. December in Chia-Yi city, the streets are filled with wind band music activities and atmosphere, making wind band music culture literally the face of the city. The city's enthusiasm and vibes are best presented through the energy of music and creativity. Music feast is the melody of year end that Chia-Yi praises. Chia-Yi Intl. Wind Band Festival oaths to make wind band music part of people's life experiences, promoting Chia-Yi as an international city through its dedication of throwing a brilliant festival.

This year, the festival features “Cross-Boarder” as the concept, hoping to reveal Chia-Yi City’s local charm and frost the city’s look through waves of interval artistic energies; creating a new style of performance art and festival celebration spirit from crossed cultural communication. In the meanwhile; it aims to make board-crossing a life style that is ubiquitous through cultural interflows.

Musicians from home and abroad are invited to Chia-Yi to perform and mingle, their diversified performances that are both visual and audio stimulating will help achieve the festival’s goal, which is “Infinite Creativity, Everlasting Brand”.

Chia-Yi Intl. Wind Band Festival aims to make this cultural festival an unforgettable memories shared by all participants by throwing interesting and activities, promoting not only business industry in Taiwan, government officials, but also academy.

Chiayi Nightlife
Chiayi has countless tea stalls and quite a few KTV lounges, but virtually no bars in the Western sense.

Some of Recommended Chiayi City Bars/Pubs :

1. Apollo Pub.
Address : Min Dzu Road, #305

2. Blue World. Min Sheng North Road, #324.
Telp : (05) 228-4763

3. Calgary Cafe. Main hangout for foreigners, Western food, and alcohol
Address : Guo Hua Street, Lane 351, #19
Telp : (05) 227-1626.

4. Dimple Pub.
Address : Min Chuan Road, #447
Telp : (05) 225-1850

5. HERE Lounge Bar. Upscale place, very snazzy decor
Address : Lin Sen West Road, #189, 2F
Telp : (05) 224-3198

6. Ma Tou Music Pub.
Address : Chang Rong Street, #273
Telp : (05) 216-5553

7. Mask Pub.
Address : Guo Hua Street, #337-2
Telp : (05) 223-5258

8. Mermaid Piano Bar Pub
Address : Chung Hsing Road, #169
Telp : (05) 231-9900

9. Tian Yao Di Dong.
Address : Sz Wei Road, #350

Photos of Chiayi Tourist attractions and Alishan Mountain :

the alishan forest train
The Alishan forest train is one of the 3 famous mountain trains in the world. The train took us from an elevation of 30 meters to an elevation of 2216 meters passing 49 tunnels and 77 bridges on the way. With splendid mountain views and passing through 3 different climatic zones (tropical, subtropical and temperate) this train journey was pretty remarkable.

Tashan Mountain
The view from the top of Tashan mountain. Elevation: 2663 meter above sea level.

The Extraterrestrial Highway Chiayi
The Extraterrestrial Highway. Chiayi is the centre of extraterrestrial activity in Taiwan, they have even erected a large monument to commemorate the frequent UFO visits to this lovely little corner of the country.

The Liberty Bell Chiayi
The LIberty Bell. A symbol of freedom and liberty for the denizons of Chiayi, the Liberty Bell is an exact duplica of its more famous cousin in the city of Brotherly Love

The Eiffel Tower Chiayi
The Eiffel Tower. Intersection of Wenhua an Chungshan Roads.

Lady Liberty Chiayi
Chiayi's Lady Liberty. Chiayi's Lady Liberty, strides high atop a traffic circle on the entrance into town from Highway 1. It is like a shining beacon for the weary expat here on business... " Give me your tired, your poor, your hungry, your oppressed huddled masses of expat labour...."

Mt Alishan Chinese Chiayi
Mt Alishan. Alishan is one of Taiwan's top tourist resorts and well worth a visit. There are five things at Alishan that the tourist cannot miss: the railway, the beautiful cypress forests, the "sea of clouds," the sunrise, and the sunset.

Chiayi Main Street
The main street of Chiayi

Chiayi Park
Chiayi Park. The park was established in the 43rd year of Meiji Reign Period during the Japanese colonial period in the name of "Chiayi Park." The name was once changed to "Zhongshan Park" after the KMT government arrived at Taiwan, but was reinstated in 1997.

Chiayi City and Temple
Chiayi City and Temple

Watch Typhoon Morakot, ChiaYi, Taiwan - Overtopping of Dam in South ChiaYi (August 8th, 2009) video here

Typhoon Morakot lashes out at ChiaYi, Taiwan and dumps over a meter of rain on my location, with over 2m in the mountains (and counting!). The dam on the south side of the city is overtopped and incredibly violent. A massive hydraulic jump is visible.

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Rabu, 09 Desember 2009

Ching Jing Farm Nantou County Best Hotel

Ching Jing (清境) farm in Nantou (南投) is a group of farm s located at Len-ai Village in Nantou County between Hohuanshan and Wushih. It rises to a height of 1,748 meters covering an expanse of some 700 hectares.

The Cingjing Veterans Farm is situated at the Jen-Ai Town of Nan-Tou County where 8 km north of Wushe Section, Tai 14A Route of Central Traverse Highway in Central Taiwan. The Farm has been opened to public since February 20th, 1961. The Cingjing Veterans Farm is 1,750 meters above the sea. The weather is generally mild all year round. In the months from May to September, temperatures average between 15℃ and 23℃. The Farm produces various fruits including: peaches, pears, plums, kiwi fruit, and high land vegetables.

Facilities in the Farm include: the Tourist Center, the Green Green Grasslands, the Small Swiss Garden, the Recreation Center for visitors, the Shou-Shan Park, the Guest House and a Stock Nurturing Center. The entire crew of the Farm is putting in all efforts to join the Farm with nearby tourism projects, making it an attraction, to provide a cozy and enjoyable nature trip for all visitors.

Many people and tourist actually mistaken Ching Jing Veteran Farm for being a place with many farms. But in reality, the name Ching Jing Veteran farm is actually the name of the county. Though there is a farm called Ching Jing Farm.

Entrance to Ching Jing farm

Entrance to the farm costs NT$100 for adults and NT$10 for children under 100cm and animal feed is available at the door should you wish to let a ram get a bite to eat. Actually it is worth watching the tourists feeding the sheep to see the shocked looks on their faces, as most people in the cities never come this close to real livestock. There is also a sheep shearing “show” on weekends and holidays at 9:30am and 2:30pm and the farm is open from 8am to 4pm daily.

How to get Ching Jing

By car :
From Wangtien Highway Interchange, exit to No 1, Provincial Route to Chungchuan.
Then, turn to No 14 Provincial Route to Wushih and you will reach the farm.

By bus :
From Taichung, take the Taichi Express Bus to Puli and then change to Nantou Express Bus bound for Shungkan or Chuifung.
Alight at Yushih (Young Lion) stop.

Ching Jing Recommended Hotels :

1. Shangrila Hanging Garden & Resort
Address: No.8, Rongguang Lane, Datong village, Renai Township, Nantou County, Taiwan, R.O.C.

The hotel is located at CingJing Farm. The farm is 1,750 meters above sea level, and the weather is generally mild all year round. Each European Cabins are built by owner, and every room is elaborately decorated. The resort is situated in the prosperous area of farm. Many convenience stores, gift shops, and coffee shops are nearby, and it has easy access to Green Green Grassland, Hehuan Mountain, and Lushan Hot Spring. Among Nantou hotels, this wonderful resort hotel provides a convenient transportation network for tourists.

2. Lu Shan Garden Resort
No. 12, Rong Hwa Alley, Jing Ying Village, Ren Ai Township, Nantou County, Taiwan

Lu Shan Garden Resort is located in Lushan Hot Spring Area, which is famous for hot springs in Nantou. The hotel provides an easy travel, guests are able to see a variety of wonderful views, offering different experiences along with ideal location for all kinds of visitors for your Taiwan travel.

3. Energy Vacation Village
No.9-1-1, Jung Kuang Lane, Ta Tung Village, Jen-ai Township, Nantou County, Taiwan R.O.C.

Energy Vacation Village is located at Green Lake Trail in Nantou County. When you arrive to the village, you will be amazed by the well designed village and its fine facilities. The landscape and the facilities are all designed by the owner. The warm interior design shows his concern for the customers and his unique taste of art. The thirty delicate and elegant cabins in the village are all made of Chinese cypress and equipped with fine amenities; the fragrances of the Chinese cypress and the lamps create a romantic and natural ambiance. Staying in this village, guests will be surrounded by nature environment and be bathed in phytoncid by breathing in the fresh air. Located under the Green Grasslands, the village has a spacious mountain view, and its weather is generally mild all year round. Among Nantou resorts, this village is a wonderful place to enjoy vocation.

4. Honey Moon Hotel
No.46, Ln.Ronghwa, Jingying Village, Ren-ai Township, Nantou County

Honey Moon Hotel is a Japanese deco style resort located in Lushan Hot Spring Area, which is famous for hot springs. The hotel provides an easy travel, guests are able to see a variety of wonderful views, offering different experiences along with ideal location for all kinds of visitors for your Taiwan travel. The excellent location among Nantou hotels makes the best chance to visit splendid attraction, surrounded by numerous tourist sites including Hehuan Mountain and Aowanda. Devouring the natural beauty of surroundings, the state-level scenic spot, honorable guests are allowed to enjoy the carefree time while indulging in the beautiful scenery.

Photos of Ching Jing parm :

chingjing farm nantou
Ching Jing farm in Nantou. Can be accessed From Taichung by take the Taichi Express Bus to Puli and then change to Nantou Express Bus bound for Shungkan or Chuifung.

bus stop at ching jing
Bus stop at Ching Jing. The stop is most civilized, and if you are craving a coffee from a well-known brand, you won't be disappointed.

lalashan chingjing farm
Lalashan view from Ching Jing farm

swiss garden ching jing farm
Swiss Garden near Ching Jing farm

chingjing farm feed sheep
Visitor can feed the sheep

sheep at chingjing farm
A lot of sheep or lamb served up in the restaurants in the surrounding area

Shangrila Hanging Garden Resort is located at CingJing Farm.

Watch Sheep in Ching Jing Farm, Nantou, Taiwan video here

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Jumat, 20 November 2009

Yeliu Taiwan Rock Formations Coast

Yehliu (野柳) is a 1,700 meters long cape on the north coast of Taiwan, between Taipei and Keelung in Wanli Township. The cape, known by geologists as the Yehliu Promontory, forms part of the Taliao Miocene Formation. It stretches approximately 1,700 meters into the ocean and was formed as geological forces pushed Datun Mountain (大屯山) out of the sea.

Yehliu is a small fishing town northeast of Taipei, Taiwan known for its geological rock formations carved out by sea erosions. Thousands of tourists flock here every year to see the famous Queen's Head, along with Fairy Shoes, Ginger Rocks, Sea Candles and other cleverly-named rock formations.

In the north of Taiwan close to the second largest harbour in Keelung is one of the world's greatest natural wonders. Due to its bizarre rock formations, Yehliu Park provides visitors with scenery that could be from a distant planet. But the polymorphic shapes of the rock are not extraterrestrial but the result of an ancient process that dates back several million years, erosion.

Some of the rocks seem to grow out of the ground like giant mushrooms. The reason for this lies in the composition of the rock strata. The more elevated sections are often far harder and weatherproof than the lower layers that crumble away and have been transformed into gravel and sand.

In 1964 the Yehliu Peninsula was officially designated as a park and since then it has been one of Taiwan's most important and popular tourist attractions. The park consists of a total area of around fifty three hectares of land and more than four hundred hectares of coast.
Its rocky terrain flanks the South China Sea.
It is famous for the curious rock formation, carved by sea erosion. A number of rock formations have been given imaginative names based on their shapes. The most well-known is the "The Queen's Head" (女王頭), an iconic image in Taiwan and an unofficial emblem for the town of Wanli. Other formations include "The Fairy Shoe", "The Bee Hive", "The Ginger Rocks" and "The Sea Candles."

Taiwan Yeh Liu/Yeliou [Jilong] is "One of Top Ten Most Beautiful Coast in China"Ranked by China National Geography Magazine.

Apart from the scenery, Yeliou Scenic Area also features the Ocean World, which is the first ocean park in Taiwan to have live sea creature performances. At Ocean World, you are able to see performances of dolphins and sea lions. The Ocean World also features a 100 meter long undersea tunnel for you to watch all sorts of marine life at your own leisure.

After you have finished observing the special coastal geology, if you have the time and the inclination you can indulge yourself in some water activities. You might consider taking a relaxing holiday at Greenbay, a natural beach with eye-catching scenery that has been designated as a coastal resort. The center of recreation in this area is between Yeliu and Wanli, where there are all sorts of recreational facilities and a 1.5-kilometer beach where you can swim, surf, or engage in other water sports. The steep mountain slopes just next to the seashore make this a popular place for hang-gliding and parasailing as well.

If you want to visit Yeh Liu, a tour can be a good idea. You can follow a two days tour of Yeliu with a travel route such as :
Day1 : Yeliu -> Yeliu Ocean World -> Green Bay
Day2 : Eighteen Wang Gong Temple -> Fugui Cape

Photos of YehLiu Geologic Landscapes :

yeliu quuens head
The Queens Head (女王頭)

ye liu twins rock
Twin rocks

ye liu harbour
Fishing boat in Yeliu harbour

yeliu waves rock
Big waves and strange rocks

yeliu ocean
the ocean near yehliu.

Martian Landscape at Yeliu. All the bizarre landscape and lava formations.

yeliu rock formations
Yehliu is a 1,700 meters long cape on the north coast of Taiwan, between Taipei and Keelung in Wanli Township

yeliu ocean world
Ocean World is located along the beautiful North Coast near Yeliu, a scenic area with abundant natural resources.

Watch Yehliu Geopark Natural Wonders at Taipei Taiwan 野柳地質公園 video

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Rabu, 04 November 2009

Hsinchu Taiwan Nightlife Hotspots Guide

Hsinchu (新竹 or Xin Zhu) is a city in the north-western part of Taiwan. Hsinchu is the oldest city in northern Taiwan.

Hsinchu is an old city, with a history more than 400 years. Due to the constant gusts of wind that blow in from the Taiwan Strait, Hsinchu is often referred to as the Windy City.

Hsinchu is famous for its two remarkable university such as National Chiao Tung University Hsinchu, and National Tsing Hua University Hsinchu.

How to get Hsinchu :

By plane :
The nearest airport is Taoyuan International Airport, which is about a thirty minute drive in the dead of night with no traffic and a speeding taxi driver. Safest to allow around an hour from Science Park or a little longer from down-town.

By bus :
From Taipei
The How-Tai Bus Company (豪泰客運) run a fast, cheap (NT$110), efficient and very comfortable (extra wide seats with personal video screens) service from Taipei to Hsinchu. In Taipei, the red buses depart every fifteen minutes from bay 22 at the Taipei Bus Terminal - also called Taipei Intercity Bus Terminal (See: Taipei 'Get in'). From Hsinchu, the buses depart from next to the Hsinchu Railway Station (when exiting the station, the bus stop is a two minute walk to the left, just past the Hsinchu Bus Station), and makes a stop at the National Tsing Hua University bus station en-route to the freeway. NB: If your ticket is not collected before departure, hang on to it. It will need to be given to the driver when getting off. The journey takes between 1 hour 20 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes.

From Taoyuan Taiwan Airport :
There are no direct buses from Taoyuan Taiwan Airport (Taipei International Airport) to Hsinchu, but the U-bus company offers a link, with passengers changing buses at the 'Jhongli Transit Station'.

From Taichung :
Taichung Bus (台中客運) and Guoguang Bus (國光客運) connect Hsinchu to Taichung.

By train :
The TRA (or regular train) station is in the city centre and is a major stop on the main line between Taipei and Kaohsiung/Taichung. It costs from NT$114 to NT$180 for an adult and takes approximately one to two hours to get there from Taipei main station, depending upon the type of train you take.
The Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) has a Hsinchu stop located in the neighbouring city of [Chubei] (竹北; zhúbĕi) and is approximately 30 minutes by taxi from the city centre. The journey from Taipei takes approximately 30 minutes

Hsinchu Tourist attractions :

Visiting Hsinchu is not complete without visit its main attractions such as Eighteen Peaks Mountain, Glass Arts and Crafts Museum, Eastern Gate, Cheng Huang Temple. Temples are various in Hsinchu, and is the landmark of the city.

Hsinchu Nightlife

Hsinchu is not Taipei or Kaoshiung. We cannot compare their nightlife. But we can focus at Ming Zu Road, lane 33 (also known as Bar Street) for a good place to go and meet both local Taiwanese, Ex Pats, and travelers. Don't miss the Red Bar and TJ's, the Coach Pub and Pumpkin. Pumpkin has a kitchen and offers good tasting Thai food, they will also deliver to any of the other bars in the area.

Pig and Whistle is a pub-restaurant on the first floor and a dancing pub on the second. There's a stage with bands playing on the weekend. That's near the ambassador hotel, the highest building in Hsinchu.

Hsinchu Nightlife, Museum, and Temples Photos and Pictures :

hsinchu street
A street in downtown Hsinchu. Hsinchu has a population about 404,109

City God Temple Hsinchu
City God Temple. Located on the corner of Zhongshan Road and Dongmen Street, is a typical Taoist temple with lots of colorful frescoes.

eighteen peaks hsinchu
Eighteen Peaks is a brilliant getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city and an ideal place to stretch your legs. The park, composed of 18 hills and a number of walking trails, is at its best in March when the flowers are in bloom and is a very popular destination with locals and expats.

Cheng Huang Temple Hsinchu
Cheng Huang Temple, or "City God" Temple of Hsinchu. It is regarded as the highest-ranking of all City God temples in Taiwan, due to the superior spiritual power of its City God in protecting the town. There is a night market in front of the temple, with a lot of small stalls selling Taiwanese snacks.

eastern gate hsinchu
The most famous landmark in Hsinchu. Accordingly, Hsinchu residents refer to it as the "Mother of Hsinchu", protecting the city and its people. This East Gate is the only gate left from the initial 4, for 4 directions: "Yi Suang" in the West, "Ying Xi" in the East, "Gexum" in the South, and "Gongcheng" in the North. However, the Japanese destroyed 3 of them in 1902 while building a new road system.

Glass Arts Crafts Museum Hsinchu
Glass and Crafts Museum, a gallery dedicated to Hsinchu's long association with the craft of glass making. It is in the park directly behind the railway station.

Watch Hsinchu Science-Based Industrial Park

A day in the life of the Hsinchu Science-Based Industrial Park, often referred to as "Asia's Silicon Valley".

Home to over four hundred high-tech companies, the Science Park is the world's center of semiconductor research, design and manufacture. Other well-represented industries include telecommunications, biotechnology and optoelectronics. Every day, thousands of managers, engineers and factory workers stream into the Park to play their part in creating the world's IT infrastructure.

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Sabtu, 10 Oktober 2009

Taitung Taiwan Tourist Travel Guide

Taitung City (台東市) is the capital city of Taitung County, lies on the southeast coast of Taiwan facing the Pacific Ocean.

The city is served by Taitung Airport. Taitung is a gateway to Green Island and Orchid Island, both of which are very popular among Taiwanese tourists

Taitung is the third largest county in Taiwan, next to Hualien and Nantou. Taitung is also the longest county, owning 166 km of coastline, 2/5 of the total coastline of Taiwan.

How To Access Taitung

By train: Taitung is on the main East Coast express route. The journey from Taipei takes about five and a half hours to seven and a half hours depends on the type of trains you take. From Kaohsiung to Taitung on the Southern route the trip takes from just over two hours to a little over three hours depending on the type train.

By plane: Taitung is serviced by a local airport with flights to Taipei and Kaohsiung.

Taitung Ethincs

Taitung County is home to seven aboriginal ethnics, including Bunun, Paiwan, Rukai, Amis, Beinan, Yamis, and Gamalan. Each tribe has its own unique culture; the diversity is the one and only in the nation as well as a rarity in the world. The high density and high diversity of indigenous population endows Taitung County with beverages richest resources.

Taitung Tourism

Taitung, is situated between Green Island and Orchid Island, so it is a tourist destination also. A lot of beautiful park and village is waiting for you.

Some of Taitung beautiful destinations, including museum, park and village :

1. Chu Lu Pasturage, Chu Lu Pasturage is a farm where they raise the cows. It was nice to have a walk in the farm. We also tasted the milk there. The milk from this farm is also famous in Taiwan. Taitung is the longest county, owning 166 km of coastline, 2/5 of the total coastline of Taiwan. Population 234,123,

2. Taitung Forest Park. Taitung Forest Park is a big green park close to the city. In the park, there are a big garden, two lakes and the hiking trial inside the woods. Besides the Forest Park, it is the beach and the Seashore Park. It is nice to have such a big park in the city.

3. Taitung Seashore Park. You can enjoy the sea view at this park. The park is close to the city. Many locals walk or jog in the park at their leisure time. There is also the bicycle lane here. You can ride the bicycle to go around.

4. Taitung Aboriginal Cultural Hotel. The hotel is decorated with the aboriginal cutural stuffs. They are very beautiful and unique. It is nice to visit this place even if you do not stay here. The twim room is about USD 30 to USD 40 in this hotel. It is not expensive but we did not stay here so we did not know how it felt to live here.

5. Guan Shan Waterside Park. Guan Shan waterside park is a big and beautiful park where you can enjoy the mountain view and the river view. People used to rent the bicycle outside the park and ride it in the park and around the whole town.

6. Shiau Yeh Liu. Shiau Yeh Liu is a coast with differnet kinds of the rocks. You can go down and sit on these rocks to see the waves.

7. Aboriginal Cultural Village. Aboriginal Cultural Village located in Majia Township has four areas. The welcome area includes managing center, dining service, cultural relic museum, and audio-visual hall etc. The Tamaluwan area and Wukuwan area introduce traditional buildings of nine tribes. Naluwan area includes some special displaying area like aboriginal song and dance show, Multi-media Theater, living pattern hall etc. There are traditional memorial ceremonies held regularly.

8. Beinan Cultural relic. Beinan Cultural relic is the sarcophagi and remnants excavated during the railroad project. It is the biggest and most intact prehistoric habitation of Taiwan. It belongs to the first class of ancient remains.

9. Cave of Eight Immortals. Cave of Eight Immortals was eroded by waves during the process of rising crust. There are temples and idols in the caves and pathways leading to each cave. Cave of Eight Immortals is a ancient remain of the Old Stone Age. It introduces prehistorically culture in the showplace.

10. Jiale-shui. Jiale-shui is located in the north-east side of Hengchun peninsula. It is famous for the scenery of special rocks eroded by waves and disintegration.

11. Jiben Forest Recreation Area. Jiben Forest Recreation Area is located at the middle reach of Jiben creek. You will meet a red suspension bridge at its entrance. The recreation area has botanical garden planting camphor woods, mahogany, pine trees, broad-leaved tree forest, etc. and the B.B.Q, & camp site, plants nursery, hotels, etc.; there are paths stretching to link these spots with one another. The clear creek, the emerald mountains, a variety of butterflies and birds and the pleasant climate are all attractions. It's certainly a worthwhile trip on holidays. The nearby Jiben Hot Spring is also a good spot to visit.

12. Liangshan Waterfall . Liangshan Waterfall is located in MajiaTownship. Water flowing down from rocks looks like silk. There are rocks with special shapes in the village. It is a nice place to swim and barbecue.

Some of Taitung Photos, Taitung Park photos, Taitung Museum Photos :

taitung city from carp hill
Taitung City from Carp Hill. Taitung is the longest county, owning 166 km of coastline, 2/5 of the total coastline of Taiwan. Population 234,123.

chu lu pasturage taitung
Chulu Pasturage in Taitung. It is close to Pei Nan, east of Taitung city. You can go there via the highway no. 9.

taitung jhihben national forest
Taitung Jhihben National Forest

cave of eight immortal
Taitung Cave of Eight Immortals, along the Hua-Dung coastal highway no.11 at Changbin Township, Tai-tung County

taitung Aboriginal cultural hotel
Taitung Aboriginal Cultural Hotel. At the end of Jung Shan Road, it is across the street from the Forest Park.

Watch Bus from Hualien to Taitung, Taiwan Video here

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Kamis, 27 Agustus 2009

Tainan Old Buildings Hotels Address

Tainan (臺南/台南) is a city in Taiwan Island, the fourth largest city after Taipei, Kaoshiung, and Taichung. Tainan is also the oldest city in Taiwan, was used as the capital of Taiwan in 1661 and remained the capital until 1887 during the Qing Dynasty.

Tainan's main points of interest are in the old downtown section, stretching east to west between Chihkan Towers and the railway station, north to south between Chungshan Park and Koxinga's Shrine. Exploring the city by foot, day or night, is delightful.

Tainan is an old city, so it has so many temples and old villages. In Tainan, the main attraction of course is the temples.

Landmarks and Historical sites in Tainan Such as :
1. Eternal Golden Fortress (億載金城 Yì Zài Jīnchéng), 16 Nanwen, Anping District - a 19th century coastal fortress. Hours: 9AM-5PM.
The ruins of Anping Fort (安平古堡 Ānpíng Gǔbǎo), originally called Fort Zeelandia, was built in 1620 by the Dutch. Its commanding views of the ocean make it a popular place to watch the sunset. Hours: 8:30AM-5:30PM.

2. Chikan Towers (赤崁樓 Chìkàn Lóu), originally called Fort Provintia, was built in 1653 by the Dutch. There are tablets, stone horses/camels and a row of nine turtle-borne steles with inscriptions. Hours: 8:30AM-9PM.

3. National Museum of Taiwanese Literature Located in a restored colonial-era Japanese building, even with the limited English on display this museum is fascinating. The coffee shop is good too

4. Confucius Temple A serene destination surrounded by a small park. Explore the temple, then go to the incredibly popular shaved-ice store opposite

5. Anping - Holland and Japanese forts, old street (shopping, food), tree house, old merchant house, beach.
6. Annan - Leurman Temple and nature watching (canalling, birds).

Tainan Nightclub
There are only really 2 choices here in Tainan with regards to nightclubs where most foreigners will go.
There's AD and LaSight. AD plays music for most of the night (R&B, hiphop, rap). Rather small place but has just been redone so all is looking nice.

AD Address :
Theme: Nightclub
Address: 52 GongYuan Rd (basement)
Phone: +886 2209997
Directions: Near Warner Village which is located on corner of GongYuan and Mintzu. AD is on same block up from Warner V but before Watsons.

Tainan Night markets

There are over two dozen night markets of various sizes in and around the city. Regardless of size, night markets all possess an abundance of stalls selling clothing, shoes, jewelry, toys, food and drink. Some even have live entertainment.

Most night markets are only held on certain days of the week. Check before going. One of the night market hua yuan (花園夜市 huāyuán yèshì, literally translated as "Flower Garden") is open on Thursday, Saturday, Sunday.

Tainan Hotels :
1. La Plaza Hotel
No 202 Chenggong Rd
Tainan, Taiwan, 704
+(886) 6-229-0271

2. Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel
89, University Rd, Section West
Tainan, Taiwan, 70146
+(886) 6-702-8888

3. Tayih Landis Hotel
660, Sec 1, Shi Men Rd
Tainan, Taiwan, 700
+(886) 6-213-5555

4. Cambridge Hotel Tainan County
No 128 Sinsing St, Yongkang
Tainan, Taiwan, 710
+(886) -6242-6666

5. Lincoln Hotel
9F 230, Sec 3 Chin Hua Rd
Tainan, Taiwan, 700
+(886) 6-229-5777

Tainan City photos and view, including old builings, nightlife, market, and temples :

Tainan City, is currently the fourth largest city on the Taiwan island with a population over 760,000.

McDonalds and 7-Eleven in Tainan

Tainan is famous for its old house, temples, historic buildings and snack food.

Fujhong Street near Confucius Temple

Tainan Main Port

Koxinga temple. Lord of Imperial Surname, Koxinga, was a Ming loyalist at odds with the new Manchu Qing court. He fled to Taiwan and arrived near Tainan in 1661 together with 30,000 troops in 8,000 war junks.

Autumn in Tainan City.

Tainan Station is a major stop on the Western Line, with direct connections to Taipei, Kaohsiung, Taichung, Hsinchu and Keelung. There are also local trains to reach closer destinations.

Watch Tainan Nightlife and Nightmarket video here, many people selling Tainan food :

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Selasa, 18 Agustus 2009

Keelung Taiwan Port City Nightlife

Keelung City (基隆) is a city in the northeastern part of Taiwan. It borders Taipei County and forms the Taipei-Keelung metropolitan area, along with the City and County of Taipei. Keelung is Taiwan's second largest seaport (after Kaohsiung). Keelung is nicknamed "The Rainy Port" (雨港). Also Keelung was first lived by the Ketagalan, a tribe of Taiwanese aborigine.

Today Keelung is the principal port of Northern Taiwan as it is only about 30 minutes drive to Taiwan's capital Taipei.

Many visitors will arrive in Keelung by cruiseship as it has become a popular cruise destination to explore Northern Taiwan, Taipei or Keelung with its many attraction itself.
A must see is the Night Market - a colourful, busy and bustling affair that attracts people from Taiwan and many tourists.

Although Taiwan now just got a disaster from Typhoon Morakot, but it is fortunately that Keelung and surrounding areas are still far from the tyhoon which had killed more than 500 peoples in South Taiwan. So it is still safe to visit Keelung city.

Keelung Nightlife

Keelung Nighlife may not so busy and glitzy as Taipei. Not so many nightclub and bars in Keelung. But Keelung famous for its night market and delicous food.

Keelung's Miaokou Night Market or Temple Mouth is famous throughout Taiwan for its large selection of food. It meanders through lanes and alleys in the downtown area surrounding the Dianji Temple (奠濟宮). There is actually a functional temple but it's practically buried under all the market stalls. Food stands line the open space between the gate and the door while vendors sell clothing and other trinkets on surrounding streets. Keelung is sprawling and very popular.

The night market is easily accessible on foot for most travelers arriving from other cities. From the Keelung railway station walk east straight along the street following the harbor in the direction of the Keelung Harbor Bureau (identifiable at night by its large orange neon sign. The night market is roughly one block from the point where you cross a freeway overpass.

keelung taiwan port
Keelung is the second largest seaport in Taiwan. A Port and Gateway to Taipei.

keelung taiwan map
Situated in the northern part of Taiwan island, Keelung used to be called Jilong, which means hencoop. The name was later changed to Keelung which means "rich and prosperous land".

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Keelung night market Miao Kou.

qingan temple keelung
Qingan Temple. One of the largest and oldest temple in Keelung, it has been around for over 200 years. It honours the Goddess Matsu.

keelung narrow street
Keelung narrow street in downtown

Watch Keelung, a town with old charm, lovely place to visit in Taiwan video here

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