DAY 1    KUALA LUMPUR ~ TAOYUAN  BR 228 (1525/2000)  Hotel : Ying Zhen Hotel / SML           Assemble at Kuala Lumpur International Airport for your flight to Taipei. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel.

DAY 2 TAOYUAN~TAIPEI~MIAOLI~NANTOU       ( B/-/D )             Hotel : Red Maple Boutique Hotel / SML
After breakfast, go to Taipei city by High Speed Rail (HSR). It is the network that runs along the West Taiwan, from Taipei City to Kaohsiung City for approximately 345KM. The HSR project represented one of the largest infrastructure projects ever to be undertaken in Asia. After arrive in Taipei city, change to ride MRT go to visit Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, a famous monument erected in memory of Chiang Kai-shek, former President of the Republic of China. The hall is located in the heart of Taipei City. The architecture of the hall is inspired by Temple of Heaven in Beijing; the four sides of the structure are similar to those of the pyramids in Egypt. Proceed to visit Yehliu Geopark. Yehliu is a long cape formed by Datun Mountain reaching into the sea. Because the rock layer of nearby seashore contain limestone subject to sea erosion, weathering and earth movements, Yehliu is full of seawater-eroded holes as well as numerous rocks in the shape of mushroom, candlewick, ginger and chessboard etc. Continue visit to Jiufen to see the old fashioned way of life that still exist. It is said that long time ago there were only nine families in Jiufen. Before the roads on land were built, all materials were transported via ships. Thus a habit was formed that nine pieces of same object were purchased at one time for reservation. Hence, the place was called “Jiufen”. Transfer to TaiYi Ecological Leisure Farm. On the way, pass by Miaoli Fruit Garden, experience fruit plucking with own expense. Continue journey to the farm.

DAY 3    NANTOU ~ KAOHSIUNG                  ( B/L/- )                                   Hotel : E-DA Skylark Hotel / SML  
After breakfast, proceed to FoGuangShan which located in Kaohsiung [about 4 hours]. FoGuangShan is the center of Buddhism in southern Taiwan, also known as “Light of Buddha Mountain”, founded by Venerable Master Hsing Yun, to order promotes Humanistic Buddhism. Visit to Buddha Memorial Center at there, which house a sacred tooth relic and be a ceremonial center for Buddhists. Then, visit to Pearl Gallery. Continue to E-DA Theme Park. This theme park is the only Greek style Amusement park in Taiwan, including 47 facilities. There are 3 major areas: “Acropolis”, “Santorini” and “Trojan Castle”. You also can enjoy shopping at E-DA Outlet Mall , off course can’t miss the Night Carnival, enjoy the fun !

DAY 4    KAOHSIUNG ~ TAICHUNG              ( B/L/- )                                   Hotel : Debao Business Hotel / SML
After breakfast, continue journey to Sun Moon Lake [about 2 hours]. The lake is located in the middle of Taiwan, is the only natural big lake in Taiwan. The southern part of Kuang-Hua Island is shaped like a new moon, and the northern part is shaped like a sun; hence the name Sun-Moon Lake. Then, visit to Wen-Wu Temple. The temple is located at the shoulder of mountain where is on the north of Sun Moon Lake. The temple is popular among students. Proceed to Taichung [about 4½ hours]. At night visit to Fengchia Night Market. You can find delicious snack foods, quality clothes at reasonable prices to express your unique personality at here.

DAY 5    TAICHUNG~NANTOU~TAIPEI~NEW TAIPEI CITY      (B/L/D)  Hotel : U.com Hotel / SML
After breakfast, proceed visit to the Peacock Garden and Local Product Shop. Continue to The Monster Village and Chi University. After transfer back to Taipei city. Upon arrival, visit Taipei 101 Mall (exclude Viewing Platform). 101 Building is the tallest building in the world, total height of 508 meters and 101 floors. Inside the building house company offices and a shopping mall on the lower floors, incorporating many top brands under the LVMH group, such as Louis Vuitton, Dior etc. Proceed to Wufenpu Garment Wholesale Area, the most famous and biggest ready-to-wear clothing marketplace in Taiwan.

DAY 6    NEW TAIPEI CITY ~ TAIPEI               ( B/L/- )                  Hotel : Paradise, SLV Business, Unite Hotel / SML     
In morning, proceed to Martyr’s Shrine. This is classical Ming dynasty architecture and got a chance to see the ceremonial changing of the guards. After that, proceed to National Palace Museum, houses the world’s largest collection of Chinese art treasures. Visit to PiXiu Gallery and Lingzhi & Tea Shop. Transfer to A Plus Duty-free Shop. The Danshui Old Street located along the Danshui River, this pedestrian shopping area offers tourists a wide selection of restaurants, arcades, and stores specializing in traditional handicrafts. The Danshui Fisherman’s Wharf is well-known by its beautiful sunset and fresh seafood. While having sightseeing and leisure facilities, it still holds its functionality as a harbor for fishing boats. Evening go to Shilin Night Market. Shilin Night Market is the one of the largest night markets in Taipei.  Many visitors have come to Shilin Night Market to enjoy the delicious foods, such as large sausage enfolding small sausage, hot pot on stone or Shilin sausage.

DAY 7    TAIPEI (Free & Easy)         ( B )              Hotel : Paradise Hotel, SLV Business Hotel, Unite Hotel / SML            
Free to travel in Taipei City.

DAY 8    TAIPEI ~ TAOYUAN ~ KUALA LUMPUR         BR 227 (0940/1425)                  ( B )                       
After breakfast, transfer to airport for your flight back home.

** Remarks: Arrange to taste the local food at Jiufen, Shilin Market, Fengchia Market (Own Expense) and E-DA Outlet Mall dinner by own arrangement.

 Special Cuisine : Five Dime Restaurant , Taiyi Flower Feast , Sun Moon Lake Flavor ,TaiCai Flavor King Ping Tea Restaurant Steamed Dumpling

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TERMS & CONDITIONS APPLY

 

 

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Reason 1 : Weaker Yen currency compare to Malaysian Ringgit

Many travelers assume Japan is so expensive as to be out of reach, but times are changing. The new Japanese government’s economic policies are turning the Land of the Rising Sun into the Land of the Falling Yen, and that’s great news for travelers. The U.S. dollar is now worth about 17 percent more against the Japanese yen than it was just six months ago; $1 would have bought you about 80 yen then; today it’s over 93.5 yen.

(Excerpt from Forbes.com : 20 Ways To Visit Japan On The Cheap

reason to visit japan 2013 2 Main Reasons You Should Visit Japan This Year

Reason 2 : It is safe to visit Japan the historic earthquake in Japan on March 11

Despite Japan experiencing an unprecedented natural disaster in March 2011, the majority of Japan, including popular tourist destinations, withstood the natural disaster and rapidly recovered. The U.S. Department of State removed the travel alert to Japan on April 13, 2012, stating that “tourist facilities are widely available, except in coastal areas of Northeast Japan still recovering from the aftermath of the March, 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami.”

The Current Radiation Level in Japan
Except for the neighboring areas near the nuclear power plants, there is no dangerous level of radiation detected in Japan. Tokyo is NOT within radiation contamination area, as it is located over 200km (124 miles) away from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant facilities. The radiation level in Tokyo is similar to that of New York City.

How is the safety of drinking water and food in Japan?
Products distributed to the public, including food and water, are rigorously inspected and approved by Japanese authorities for contamination safety. The Japanese government has instituted a food product monitoring system from the world’s highest level of standard, screening over 412,000 agricultural products. So far, there are only 2,866 items (0.69%) has exceeding level of radiation, and these items have been already removed from distribution and disposed. The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare is disclosing results from the current radiation test on food and water here:

Tap Water: http://www.mhlw.go.jp/english/topics/2011eq/index_water_supply.html

Other food products:
http://www.mhlw.go.jp/english/topics/2011eq/index_food_radioactive.html (updated daily)

(Excerpt from Japan Travel Advisory – Updated 9 Sept 2013)

Alishan National Forest Recreation Area

Alishan Taiwan ToursAs you ride the train from Taipei down to Chiayi on the west coast railway, you can enjoy the scenery of Taiwan’s western plains. After arriving in Chiayi, you will have to switch to the Alishan Forest Railway.

The Alishan line is one of only three mountain railways left in the world, the other two being the tracks from Darjeeling to the Himalayas in India and the line across the Andes from Chile to Argentina. The Alishan line is divided into two sections, a flatland section stretching 14.2 kilometers from Chiayi to Zhuchi, and a mountain section running 57.2 kilometers from Zhuchi to Alishan. When the train reaches Mt. Duli, because of the steep slope it has to wind its way around the mountain like a screw for three revolutions until it reaches the peak, ascending 200 meters in about five kilometers. The scenery along the tracks is beautiful; as you ascend, you will pass through changes of tropical-, subtropical-, and temperate-zone vegetation as you enjoy majestic views of mountains and valleys.

Once you reach Alishan it is a must to take the branch railway to Zhu Mountain (Zhushan) to see the sunrise, the sea of clouds, and the enchanting beauty of the natural scenery. The Alishan National Scenic Area has many other attractions for visitors as well, including Sisters Pond, Shouzhen Temple, the Alishan sacred tree, Ciyun Temple, and Three-Generation Trees, among others.

After you enjoy the beauties of nature in the Alishan Forest Recreation Area you can go to Fenqihu, which is known primarily for natural scenery such as gushing waterfalls and clear streams, odd stones and strange trees, all exhibiting the features of the primeval wilderness and making you feel like a fearless explorer of the forests. Fenqihu also produces mountain vegetables, bamboo shoots, and other wild delicacies that beg you to try them.

(Article source : http://eng.taiwan.net.tw/m1.aspx?sNo=0002039&jid=83)

 

Visiting the Ten Drum Culture Village in Tainan

GrammyAward-nominated Ten Drum Art Percussion Group has created a fascinating culture park centered on traditional drumming on the site of a disused sugar refinery in Tainan County.

Ten Drum Cultural VillageTRADITIONAL TAIWAN moves to the beat of a drum. During temple rites, massive mechanized thuds alternate with the tolling of a bell. When chanting litany, Daoist priests keep up a constant tick-tocking on small, fish-shaped solid-wood drums. During the solemn rites every September 28 at Taiwan’s Confucian temples, drums of five different sizes are played.

Even in the 21st century, drums, bells, gongs, fireworks, and firecrackers form the soundtrack for religious parades and temple celebrations, and thanks to the efforts of Ten DrumArt Percussion Group, a performance and educational troupe, drumming –inspired by, yet not beholden to, tradition – is becoming a part of Taiwan’s modern urban culture too.

The group has performed at the Summer Olympics in Sydney in 2000, at the 2002 World Cup in South Korea, and more recently in the Czech Republic.

Since 2007, Ten Drum’s base has been a disused sugar refinery in the south Taiwan city of Tainan. On one of those beautifully sunny and supremely comfortable days that make winter travel in southwest Taiwan so pleasurable, Travel in Taiwan toured what’s now called Ten Drum Culture Village, met with the group’s founder and “regimental commander,” Hsieh Shih, and took in a thrilling performance.

Read more : http://go2taiwan.net/monthly_selection.php?sqno=57

 

Ten-Drum Art Percussion Group / Drum Music Land Video

Thinking of where to travel during holiday seasons? Try Taiwan! Hello Holidays offer a very attractive Taiwan group tour packages – 8 Days 7 Nights Taiwan Discovery – Ten Drum Cultural Village / Mt. Alisan / E-DA Theme Park / Leisure Farm Resort / Hot Spring Resort / Luxury Home Stay