Available October - December 2017
Taipei Excursions & Tours - Discovering Danshui
Taipei Excursions & Tours: IIf you haven’t already thought about exploring beyond Taipei, now’s the time to start. Smaller than Taipei, Danshui (also known as Tamsui, Danshuei, and Tamshui) is at the end of the MRT line, but at the beginning of a lot of this area’s history. Formerly a shipping and commerce centre in 19th century northern Taiwan, Danshui has emerged as a fascinating place to visit, full of tradition, history, culture, authenticity, and food (of course!). We’ll take you on a Danshui tour that will open your eyes to this wonderful little spot on the river.
We set off from the Danshui MRT station, tracing the history and transformation of Danshui with every step, beginning with the origin of Danshui – the water. We’ll also check out the Shell Warehouse, set up during British colonisation and now functioning as Community University.
At the heart of Danshui is its traditional market, local temple, and old street, which we’ll explore in depth. Locals often snag their daily supplies at the market, and there continues to be a healthy amount of local farmer trading in the market as well. Visiting the market is one of the best ways to understand the lifestyle and living habits of locals in Danshui. Next we’ll visit Danshui Longshan Temple, a well-known temple located in the middle of the market. Not far from here is another temple, Danshui Master Temple, which has several god statues and very fine and exquisite carvings.
After checking out the market and temples, we’ll head over to the ‘rebuild street’ (Old Street), designated so because the buildings along this street are built with red bricks. The government of Taiwan actually planned to restructure and rebuild this old street at one time, but Danshui residents, together with historical and cultural workers wished to keep the streets and the red brick buildings as they were, as a way to preserve Danshui’s unique historical background and culture. Now, the old authentic street is preserved, and has become one the most unique attractions in town!
From history to transformation, we pay a visit to the Little White House, the former residence of the Danshui Tax Division, and Fort San Domingo, a red fort built by the Spanish. Both buildings demonstrate progression and different historical eras in Danshui, offering an interesting juxtaposition from our earlier, more historical sights.
By this point, you’ll probably be pretty hungry. Good thing it’s time to eat! The most famous and authentic local dish in Danshui is ‘Ah Gei’, or fishball soup, made with a sheet of bean curd stuffed with bean thread noodles, eaten with sweet or spicy sauces. In addition to the soup, there are other local snacks available to sample, like grilled squid, local biscuits, and an array of desserts to catch your eye. With full bellies and minds we’ll head back to Danshui MRT station, where you can head back into downtown Taipei, or feel free to continue your evening exploring Danshui at your leisure.
Duration: 4 hours.
Start/opening time: 2pm.
End/closing time: 6pm.
Languages: English.

Available until 31 December 2017
Taipei Excursions & Tours - Explore Taipei with a local expert
Taipei Excursions & Tours: Want to really experience Taipei like a local? This unique Taipei city tour will take you through the main streets and back streets of Taipei, with a local taxi driver as your guide. Sit up beside the driver and learn about a typical day while also observing local Taiwanese people and culture. Chat with passengers and the driver, learn more about Taipei, and even make new friends! Locals are, after all, the best tour guides. Get advice on sites to see, places to eat, and experiences to have, and learn about Taipei, all from those who know best: Taipei’s own people!
Unlike a typical car-based tour, this Taipei city tour will take you right into the heart of the community. Local residents can still hail your taxi and ride along with you, enabling you to interact with them and see Taipei from different perspectives. You’ll see streets not mentioned in guidebooks and have a true city adventure, filled with characters as well as sites on a tour that’s never the same thing twice.
For those taking the morning tour, there will be a lunch stop where you can buy local street food before continuing on your Taipei drive.
Duration: 3 hours.
Start/opening time: At 1pm.
End/closing time: At 4pm.
Languages: English.

Taipei Excursions & Tours - Folk Arts Tour – Sanxia & Yingge
Taipei Excursions & Tours: The northern district of Sanxia is famed for its Qingshui Zushi (Divine Ancestor) Temple, which is renowned for the painstaking and time-consuming dedication to classical temple arts that is manifested in its modern reconstruction work. The town itself is a treasure trove of eastern mystique, with a delightful array of oriental architecture.
Nestled where fertile plains meet mountain foothills and blessed with convenient inland river transport, Sanxia was a historical base for the production of camphor, the growing of tea, and especially the dyeing of cloth. But the star attraction is without doubt the Qingshui Zushi Temple, with its unparalleled combination of religion and art, and exquisite carvings.
Yingge is a bustling town known for its ceramics industry - an old square coal-fired kiln chimney is one of its most popular landmarks. The centrepiece of the trade is Jianshanpu Road, where you can not only appreciate the pottery and porcelain works but also enjoy the street performance and coffee on the street. There are more than 100 stores on the street. Even the ice cream stand has lovely mugs and cups for customers to choose from. Besides purchasing the pottery and porcelain products, you can also learn how to make your own pottery masterpieces.
Meeting/ Pick up point: Pick-up/drop-off from/to hotels located in Taipei city centre only.
Start or opening time: At 1.30pm
Eng or closing time: At 5.30pm
Languages: English

Available until 31 December 2017
Taipei Excursions & Tours - Jiufen Gold Rush Town and Keelung Harbor Night Market
Taipei Excursions & Tours: Jiufen Gold Rush Town
Jiufen, perfectly situated up in the hills and straddles the Pacific Ocean, was once a prosperous gold rush town before the 1970s. Today, with its picturesque stone walls, narrow cobblestone streets, and tea houses, the ancient city has become an inspirational mecca for artists, writers, and movie directors like Hou Hsiao-hsien (A City of Sadness) and Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away).
Jiufen & Jiufen Old Street
The most memorable part of being in Jiufen, without doubt, is the long and narrow night market street which stretches through the entire town.
The golden waterfall
Although there is no actual gold flowing forth from these falls, the name reflects their appearance: the combination of regular rainfall in this mining area and abundance of heavy metal elements deposited in the riverbed radiate a gold-like color.
Heping Island Park
Heping Island is the doorway to Keelung Harbor. Inside the park, you will see important terrain of marine abrasion, including marine cliff, abrasion platform and abrasion fosse as well as the famous “bean curd rock” and pedestal rock.
Keelung Miaokou Night Market
The food market in Keelung has been renowned for more than 40 years. There are many eateries here and more than 200 food stands gather in the area of 400 sq. meters.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up at the hotel.
Duration: Nine hours.
Start/opening time: At 9am.
Languages: English.

Taipei Excursions & Tours - Juifen Village and Northeast Coast Tour
Taipei Excursions & Tours: Northern Taiwan is an area of immense beauty, where both Mother Nature and mankind have been to work and created a playground of the senses. This afternoon tour takes in three of the best attractions: the stunning rock formations of Nanya, the former gold rush village of Jiufen and the dramatic Bitou Cape Park.
Head for the jagged rock formations and eroded coral shoreline of Nanya are one of Taiwan’s most popular attractions. The entire coastline is a veritable sculpture garden that illustrates, in stone, the incomparable artistry of wind and wave action. Furthermore, the oxidation of iron ore within the layers of the stone has given it a beautiful striped pattern.
Continue to Jiufen, which when gold was struck in 1890 was an isolated hamlet of nine families. Overnight, swathes of prospectors, adventurers and ne’er-do-wells transformed the town into a bustling settlement. Eventually, the gold ran out but the rush left a legacy from which the town still thrives. Wander through the hilly alleys of Japanese colonial architecture, admire the prosperous old streets, buildings and tea houses, which evoke this golden past. Savour a tea or try the local speciality yam dish.
At Bitou Cape Park admire the sea-eroded the mushroom-shaped rocks, honeycomb rock, tofu rock and marine fossils, all of which combine to create a geological wonderland. A pathway leads on to the cape proper, giving access to splendid views of sea and sky, and to the lighthouse.
Meeting point: Pick-up from central Taipei hotels.
Start time: 1.30pm.
End time: 5.30pm.
Languages: English.

Available until 31 December 2017
Taipei Excursions & Tours - Modern and historical Taipei tour - private
Taipei Excursions & Tours: The cultural kaleidoscope of Taiwan's capital city pulses. Incense-veiled temples dating back to dynastic times blend seamlessly with a neoned street life of a decidedly more modern era.
The Great Eastern Philosophy -Confucius Temple
This temple honors one of the greatest philosophers and teachers of all time, Confucius, as well as other philosophers. Confucius’ teachings and philosophy have deeply influenced the Chinese thought and life in almost every way.
The Tallest Skyscraper in Taiwan:Taipei 101
Taipei City’s skyline is unique. When you overlook the low-rise city landscape of Taipei, you’ll see that it’s clearly worth waiting in line to take Taipei 101's elevators up to grab a God’s-eye-view of the city.
Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall
The massive commemorative monument, with its blue-tile roof, white marble wall, and clusters of red colored flowerbeds stand as the symbol of Kuomintang and its leader: Chiang Kai Shek, well-known as the founding father of Republic of China.
Encountering a Healing Deity - Bao-an Temple
This 200-year-old historical site was deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site because it has been maintained and repaired through the ages with traditional techniques, preserving ancient knowledge and culture.
Points of interest/ itinerary:
Taipei 101
Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall
Lunch: Din Tai Fung Restaurant, XiaoLongBao ()
Confucius Temple ()
Bao-an Temple ()
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up at the hotel.
Duration: Nine hours.
Start/opening time: At 9am.
Languages: English.

Taipei Excursions & Tours - Northern Coast Tour
Taipei Excursions & Tours: Discover the delights of the northern coast of Taiwan with this stunning morning tour taking in three of the island’s top attractions: Keelung Harbour, Zhongzheng Park and Cape Yehliu. You will see a range of breathtaking scenes, whether they be the handiwork of man or Mother Nature.
Embraced by mountains to the east, west, and south, Keelung Harbour is at the head of a narrow waterway approximately 2,000 metres in length and 400 metres in width. Watch the vessels come and go in this busy port while enjoying a gentle stroll along the waterfront.
Head east to visit Zhongzheng Park, which is famed for its 25 metre-high white statue of the Goddess of Mercy, inside of which is a stairway leading to the top. The park overlooks Keelung City and the harbour. Admire a historic canon fort, see the Buddhist library, Martyrs' Shrine and Zhuputan Temple. And from the imposing Guanhai Pavilion you can see the Keelung in its entirety as well as the ocean beyind.
Cape Yehliu is a breathtaking 1,700-metre-long promontory formed by Datun Mountain reaching into the sea. Seen from above, it looks like a giant turtle submerging into the sea, hence it popularly known as Yeliou (turtle). Sea erosion has led to a series of unusually shaped rocks with colourful nicknames such as Queen's Head, Fairy's Shoe and Bean Curd. The cape is also home to Taiwan’s first marine world centre, where there are whale, dolphin and seal shows.
Meeting/ Pick up point: Pick-up/drop-off from/to hotels located in Taipei city centre only.
Start or opening time: At 08.30am
Eng or closing time: At 12.30pm
Languages: English

Available until 31 December 2017
Taipei Excursions & Tours - Sea to Sky: Nanya Rocky Shore and Pinxi Sky Lantern - Private.
Taipei Excursions & Tours: Pingxi Town today is probably equally best-known for a romantic movie You are the Apple of My Eye <> and sky lanterns and Taiwanese Niagara Waterfall. However, thanks to the movie, many Taiwanese people has come to Pingxi the old town hoping to bring their good old times back. As for the visitors from abroad, the town is extraordinarily special with its cozy atmosphere and early culture of Taiwan.
Taiwan’s Northeast coastline is full of beautiful rocky shores, shallow sandy beaches with algae, sea cucumbers, seashells, hermit crabs, and more coastal wildlife than you can shake a stick at. Rock climbing and fishing are two extremely popular activities to undertake on Taiwan’s Northeast coastline, and our tours of the coast cater specifically to those outdoor adventure loving types whose idea of a great day involved both rock climbing and photographing beautiful seascapes.
Back to the Old Times -The Pingxi Railway was originally built to transport coal. Now it is used for tourists to experience the life that Pingxi's miners previously led. Enjoy a relaxing ride back through history, and soak up the early culture of Taiwan clearly on display here.
Let's Make a wish - Make a wish, write it on the lantern and let it fly. The sky lantern festival has long been used for people to pray for their wishes. During the Lantern Festival, around February and March each year, lanterns cover the entire sky of Pingxi. If you're an artist, writer, or photographer, we highly recommend you see this festival for yourself.
Taiwanese Niagara Falls - Shifen has the best waterfall in Northern Taiwan, sometimes referred to as "Taiwanese Niagara Falls". Want to decide whether or not the name is justified for yourself? Come on down to Pingxi and check it out for yourself!
Points of interest/ itinerary:
Bitou Cape Trail & Nanya Rocky Shore
Visit an old town of railway
Shifen Waterfall
Make a wish with Lantern
Miner's story
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up at the hotel.
Duration: Nine hours.
Start/opening time: At 9am.
Languages: English.

Available until 30 September 2017
Taipei Excursions & Tours - Special Discount Offer: Juifen Village and Northeast Coast Tour
Taipei Excursions & Tours: Northern Taiwan is an area of immense beauty, where both Mother Nature and mankind have been to work and created a playground of the senses. This afternoon tour takes in three of the best attractions: the stunning rock formations of Nanya, the former gold rush village of Jiufen and the dramatic Bitou Cape Park.
Head for the jagged rock formations and eroded coral shoreline of Nanya are one of Taiwan’s most popular attractions. The entire coastline is a veritable sculpture garden that illustrates, in stone, the incomparable artistry of wind and wave action. Furthermore, the oxidation of iron ore within the layers of the stone has given it a beautiful striped pattern.
Continue to Jiufen, which when gold was struck in 1890 was an isolated hamlet of nine families. Overnight, swathes of prospectors, adventurers and ne’er-do-wells transformed the town into a bustling settlement. Eventually, the gold ran out but the rush left a legacy from which the town still thrives. Wander through the hilly alleys of Japanese colonial architecture, admire the prosperous old streets, buildings and tea houses, which evoke this golden past. Savour a tea or try the local speciality yam dish.
At Bitou Cape Park admire the sea-eroded the mushroom-shaped rocks, honeycomb rock, tofu rock and marine fossils, all of which combine to create a geological wonderland. A pathway leads on to the cape proper, giving access to splendid views of sea and sky, and to the lighthouse.
Meeting point: Pick-up from central Taipei hotels.
Start time: 1.30pm.
End time: 5.30pm.
Languages: English.

Available October - December 2017
Taipei Excursions & Tours - Taipei Night Market Food Tour
Taipei Excursions & Tours: Come on this Taipei food tour with an open mind and a ready stomach, because once you catch sight of Ningxia Night Market, you’ll be drooling! Have your taste buds at the ready for this Asian food adventure with a local, the perfect opportunity for you to learn all about Taipei food (as well as eat plenty of it, of course). Plus, this area is full of incredible street food vendors, so it’s worth sticking around after the tour to make sure you don’t miss a single bite.
To give you a taste of what’s in store for you at Ningxia Night Market, we’ll give you a few examples of mouth-watering dishes you’ll find there, just the whet your appetite. You’ll be given plenty of yummy options to choose from, but pick wisely – you can only choose three! Perhaps you want to get your chops around some fried yam balls to start, or maybe you’d like to try some karasumi, or mullet roe, which is made from the eggs of mullet fish, baked until rosy red and considered a delicacy in Taiwan. If you’re into some more traditional meat, try some tender pork leg served with rice and shrimp soup, or a chicken roll with rice and barbeque sauce, packed with flavour.
If you have more of a vegetarian persuasion, never fear! There’s so much at Ningxia Market for you, too. There is a vegetarian stall that sells all kinds of things - a popular choice is sticky rice with mushrooms, or perhaps you’d like to hit up some Taiwanese tofu dishes. You can also pick up some taro balls with egg, served from one of the most popular stands in the market, or maybe just some simple yet scrumptious rice balls, boiled in sugar soup and served up with peanut or red bean soup to balance out the sweet flavours. If you feel like even more soup after that, why not a bit of a mix of everything together and order yourself some herb soup, which is especially good after you’ve eaten a lot and want to give your digestive system a bit of relief. Yam or taro balls are added to this herb soup to create a traditional Taiwanese dessert (it might sound weird for dessert, but you should definitely try it!).
We’ll end the tour with a bizarre, yet memorable, food challenge. If you dare to try three of the local delicacies we pick for you, you’ll get a special reward at the end of the tour.
With a local to guide you through Ningxia Night Market in Taipei, you’ll not only get to try all the delectable dishes on offer, you’ll also learn about the local connection in the market. Discover Taiwanese food from the perspective of a local, with an expert who will be able to give recommendations, explain the significance of the dishes in Taiwanese culture, and give you an experience above and beyond the usual in Taipei.
Duration: 2 hours
Start/opening time: At 6pm.
End/closing time: At 8pm.
Languages: English.
Others: Included: local snack and 5 local dishes.

Taipei Excursions & Tours - Taipei Night Tour
Taipei Excursions & Tours: Enter the dragon in the lovingly restored Longshan Temple, live the ultimate Taipei experience with a visit to the Huaxi Street Night Market and cap it all off with a visit to the imposing Taipei 101, which was the world’s tallest building until 2010. We get the evening started with a meal at the famous “Din Tai Fung Restaurant” where an authentic Asian treat awaits before we set off into Tapei at night.
Longshan Temple is where Guanshiyin Budda and other divine spirits are worshiped, and is famed for the dragon poles that adorn its serene halls. The doors, beams and poles are beautifully decorated. There are also exquisite wood sculptures and many Chinese poems, verses and lyrics on signs. Longshan is also more than a temple: there are traditional streets, antique shops and Chinese medicine apothecaries surrounding the temple.
Popularly known as Snake Alley, the legendary Huaxi Street Night Market is located close to the Temple and is famed for the wide variety of goods sold there. Traditional Chinese lamps light the street, creating an unmistakable oriental glow. There are rustic eateries lining the street that serve great local dishes. In the summer, chopped ice plates and fresh juice are in great demand. In the winter, dishes with Chinese medicine are a huge draw.
The 101-storey Taipei 101 was the tallest building in the world from 2004 to 2010. It is home to a mass of shops on the lower floors, incorporating many top brands. It also has the highest-roofed coffee house in the city and many fine restaurants.
Meeting/ Pick up point: Pick-up/drop-off from/to hotels located in Taipei city centre only.
Start or opening time: Pick-up at 6pm
End or closing time: Drop-off at 9.30pm
Languages: English

Taipei Excursions & Tours - Taipei city tour
Taipei Excursions & Tours: Explore the top sights and attractions in tantalising Taipei with this fascinating half-day tour of the Taiwanese capital. Visit the imposing Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, the National Palace Museum, the Presidential Office Building and the Martyrs' Shrine as you immerse yourself in the heart of this dynamic metropolis.
The Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is home to several classical Chinese buildings, including the memorial itself as well as the National Concert Hall and National Theatre. The architecture of Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is inspired by Beijing’s Temple of Heaven. There are also beautifully landscaped gardens and swathes of flower beds. Another highlight of this site is the hourly honour guard display.
The National Palace Museum boasts the world's largest and most impressive collection of Chinese art and artefacts, dating back more than 7,000 years. The full collection comprises over 650,000 items, including calligraphy, paintings, jade, bronze, silk and curio pieces.
The Renaissance-style Presidential Office Building dates from Japanese colonisation period and has been used as the presidential mansion since the foundation of the Republic of China.
Resting on the slopes of the Qing Mountain and overseeing the Keelung River, the grand and magnificent Martyrs' Shrine symbolises the brave spirit of the 330,000 men who sacrificed their lives to the revolution as well as those who fell during the Sino-Japanese War and the Chinese Civil War. The military police officers who guard the main gate have been rigidly trained to stand like expressionless statues and remain unmoved.
Meeting/ Pick up point: Pick-up in Taipei city centre hotels
Start or opening time: At about 8.30am. Afternoon: 13h30.
End or closing time: At 12.30pm. Afternoon tour: 17h30.
Languages: English

Available until 31 December 2017
Taipei Excursions & Tours - Tamsui and Yehliu Geopark tour - private
Taipei Excursions & Tours: Tamsui is surrounded by mountains and rivers. Hongmao Castle is a historical site in Tamsui with historical meaning. It was built by the Spaniards in 1626 and restored by Dutch.
Yehliu National Geo Park
Yehliu lies in one of the most remarkable geological coastal areas in northern Taiwan, and is well-known for its rocky promontory overlooking the bay.
Fort San Domingo
This is Danshui's most prominent monument to foreign involvement in Taiwan. First built in 1629 by the Spanish and was captured by the Dutch in 1642. It is known as the "Hongmao Castle" in reference to the colorful locks of its Dutch occupants.
Danshui old street and local delicious food
Walking on the old streets along the riverbank, visitors may view the old buildings and may try the tasty local dishes, such as fish dumplings, Agei (fried meat pastry) and hard eggs, etc.
Danshui Fishermen's Wharf
There are magnificent floating piers and a spacious park, with a bridge in the shape of a boat spanning across the harbor and a wooden path stretching over 300 meters at the waterfront.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up at the hotel.
Duration: Nine hours.
Start/opening time: At 9am.
Languages: English.

Taipei Excursions & Tours - Wulai Aboriginal Village Tour
Taipei Excursions & Tours: The Chinese began moving to Taiwan four centuries ago and supplanted the island’s aboriginal tribes to the point where today they make up just 2% of the population. Ethnically and linguistically different, many still live in mountain villages such as Wulai, home of the Tai Ya tribe. This half-day tour will take you into the heart of their world.
Located in the northern highlands, Wulai is famous for hot springs, trail train, waterfalls and Yushian Amusement Park as well as the beautiful scenery formed by the high mountains and running rivers. Wulai means hot springs in one of the aboriginal languages, and these are highly sought after. They are clear, transparent, colourless and odourless, and a hot spring spa is effective in healing dermatitis.
An 80-metre-high waterfall that looks like a white silk cloth coming down from the sky is also a must-see while the sightseeing trail train is one of Wulai’s most romantic attractions. The aboriginal folk centre introduces the culture, customs and habits of Tai Ya tribe and exhibits historical artefacts. The highlight of this visit is the enchanting aboriginal singing and dancing show. It tells the story of the birth of the Atayal tribe, which according to legend owes its origins to the explosion of a giant rock in Mount Dabajian. When the rock exploded with a loud crash, it gave birth to a man and a woman who then began the tribe.
Meeting/ Pick up point: Pick-up/drop-off from/to hotels located in Taipei city centre only.
Start or opening time: At 1.30pm
Eng or closing time: At 5.30pm
Languages: English

Taipei Excursions & Tours - Yangmingshan National Park & Hot-Spring Tour
Taipei Excursions & Tours: Live the high life in Taiwan with an afternoon in the stunning Yangmingshan National Park, the only volcanic park in Taiwan with hot springs. The magnificent mountains scenery and the landscaped gardens in traditional Chinese style have won the park a reputation as an urban forest and the ‘garden of Taipei’.
One of the park’s stand-out attractions is a large clock made of flowers, with water running around the face and music played every hour. Around the clock are a series of monuments to the likes of Chiang Kai-Shek, the ‘father of Taiwan’ and its first president, the great 17th century philosopher Wang Yang Ming and the beautiful Xinhai Guangfu Building, which commemorates the 1911 revolution that led to the overthrow of China’s last emperor.
The park is surrounded by four other majestic mountains, which adds to the dramatic scenery. One of these, Shamao boasts a year-round profusion of colour and a breathtaking natural landscape. This is a good spot for you to enjoy the hot spring soak and a feast of organic vegetables in Mother Nature's nurturing embrace as you nourish your mind, body and soul. The waters are sulphuric acid springs and most of the hotels and restaurants in the area are clustered in Pingdeng Village and in Macao. There are also a few establishments off Yangde Boulevard that offer bathing, restaurant and tea service.
Meeting point: Pick-up/drop-off from/to hotels located in downtown Taipei city centre only.
Start time: 1.30pm.
End time: 5.30pm.
Languages: English.

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