Summary of Taiwan Experiences

Tour Taiwan – 8 Days 7 Nights

TSS_mapofTaiwanWhereWeBeen

Summary of Our Experiences

Date of Tour :  30 October – 6 November 2012
Days Spent : 8 Days  (Tuesday to Tuesday)
Airlines: Scoot (Budget Airlines)
Flight Hours: About 5 hrs (Direct)
No. of Travellers : 2 adults & 1 child (4 yr-old)
No. of Counties Visited : 4 ( Chiayi, Nantou, Taipei, Hualien)
No. of Places Visited : 25
No. of Homestay B&B / Hotel Stayed in : 5
Train Stations Visited:  Taoyuan High-Speed Rail / Chiayi HSR / Taichung HSR/ Taipei Metro / Taipei Railway/ Ruifang Railway / Pingxi Line Railway / Hualien Railway

Where We’ve Been

(For Detailed Itineraries, Scroll Below)

Our Top 5 Favourite Places

1. Cingjing Farm’s Green Green Grassland
2. Taroko Gorge
3. Jiufen Old Town
4. Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village
5. Shifen Old Town / Waterfall

How We Got From One Place to Another

  • Public Transport – High-Speed Rail (HSR) / Normal Taiwan Railway (TRA) / Shuttle Bus (To Miramar) / Flag a Taxi on the road/ Boat-ride / Cable-car Ropeway
  • Booked Transport – Hired Taxi Drivers via email communication while we were in Singapore. Met up when in Taiwan by calling them. Booked them for at least 1 DAY to get to places we decided. We did our own tour with our own itinerary, not arranged by them but on the road, they offer suggestions too. Their contact is available in our trip report posts.
  • High-Speed Rail Time-table & Fares 台灣高鐵http://www.thsrc.com.tw/en/ticket/tic_time_search.asp
  • Easy-Card ( 悠遊卡 ) for travelling on Taipei Metro : http://www.tscc.com.tw/english/index.asp
    FREE – For children below 115cm and below 6 years old. (Was free for Dar)
    Concession Cards – Senior citizens aged over 65 or people with disabilities; Children with a height between 115cm and 150cm or who are aged between 6 and 12 years old.
  • Good Metro Map to use.
  • Taiwan Tourist Shuttle Buses for travelling between major tourist attractions & train stations: http://www.taiwantrip.com.tw/Profile/
  • Ubus: 10-minute interval starting from 6:30am at Terminal 1
    Fare:Adult NT$30、Children/Senior/Disabled NT$15 / Bought at U-BUS counter in Arrival Greeting Hall.

Tips on Travel In Taiwan

  • Book the Taroko Express Train to Hualien in advance. We specially booked it two weeks before our day in Hualien through online transaction and collected the tickets when we reached Taiwan. This is to guarantee us a seat as the train is very popular for morning timings.
  • Do the Pingxi Line Tour on a weekday. We had other natural places to go which we wanted to do on a weekday so we had no choice but use a Saturday to tour. We had to stand all the way on the crowded train and almost couldn’t get on once. The intervals between the train is quite long. Missing the arrival results in a long wait.
  • Visit Alishan / Aowanda / Taroko or any recreational forest in the early morning. That’s when you do not see tour buses of tourists. They usually come near afternoon.
  • Taxis or cabs are abundant and one can also hire on-the-go but we prefer to book reliable drivers for a particular place for a day to do our own tour. Some normal taxi drivers on the road might not be familiar with place you are sight-seeing and might drive a longer way or get lost. Taxi drivers around scenic places have a different license than those who drive around the city. The ones who drive in the city area goes by the meter and doesn’t do whole day tours. Taxi drivers that do whole day tour can discuss the rate according to the hours spent and the distances between the places. Different rates apply as it is customized.
  • An adaptor is needed for electricity as Taiwan uses electric current of 110 volts at 60 cycles. (For things originating from Europe, Australia or South-East Asia)
  • Food is sold onboard the High-Speed Rail but only in the afternoon and night. We bought our food bentos from the convenience store in the station and ate them in our train journey. Small foldable table is available behind each seat.
  • 7-eleven convenience stores sell hot drinks & some hot food, staff would help to microwave packaged food and washrooms are available inside the stores.
  • We bought a pre-paid unlimited 3G Sim card to use with our phone for the eight days. NRIC and Passport is needed for proof and microsim version is available for iphone.
    The most popular telco service is 台灣大哥大. Unlimited SIM Cards3G fun心預付卡(售價$345)

Cost of Transport 

Public Transport

  • U-Bus Shuttle to Taoyuan HSR: 2 Adult Tickets – NT$60 (abt SGD$2.60)
  • Taoyuan HSR to Chiayi HSR : 2 Adult Tickets – NT$1840 (abt SGD $78)
  • Taichung HSR to Taipei HSR: 2 Adults – NT1400 (abt SGD$60)
  • Shuanglien Metro Station to Taipei Metro: 2 Adults – NT$32 (abt SGD$1.36)
  • Taipei Metro to Ximen Metro Station: 2 Adults – NT$40
  • Taxi up to Jiufen from outside Ruifang Station: Fixed Rate- NT$180 (abt SGD$7.60) Could also take bus at NT22/Adult but we didn’t
  • Taipei TRA (自強) to Ruifang Station (to go Jiufen or do Pingxi line tour): Single Trip: 2 Adults – NT$152 (SGD$6.50)  | Return Trip: 2 Adults – NT$272 (abt SGD$11.60)
  • Pingxi Line 1-Day Rail Ticket: 2 Adults – NT$108 (abt SGD$4.60)
  • Taroko Express TRA from Taipei to Hualien – 2 Adult Return Tickets – NT$1584 (abt SGD$67.50)
  • Some other miscellaneous taxi fares not recorded as we don’t remember: Miramar to Shilin   / Taipei 101 back to hotel.

Hired Drivers 

  • Booked Mr Zheng for 4-days ( Customised specifically, some discount since 4 days ) with child-seat :
    Chiayi to Homestay/ Alishan / Fenchihu – NT$3500 (abt SGD$149)
    Alishan to Sun Moon Lake – NT$4000 (abt SGD$170)
    Sun Moon Lake to Aowanda/Cingjing – NT$3000(abt SGD$127.8)
    Cingjing to Taichung HSR – NT$2000 (abt SGD$85.2)
  • Booked Mr Li for 1-day Taroko Tour – NT$2200 (abt SGD$94)
  • Hired Mr Tu from Jinguashi to Taipei hotel – NT$1000 (abt SGD$42.60)
  • Hired Mr Tu from Taipei to Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall to Airport- NT$1100 (abt $47)

Cost of Accommodation

  • Alishan Tea-Garden Homestay: NT$3000 (1N)
  • Doris Home: NT$2800 (1N)
  • Misty Villa: NT$2660 (1N)
  • Shin Shih Hotel: NT$8040 (3N)
  • Hualien Bay: NT$2200 (1N)
  • Total: NT$18700 (abt SGD$797)




Our Detailed Itinerary

  • People were asking for our itinerary…so decided to post it here. We planned it to the dot with timings so we don’t miss our transport. 🙂
  • These itineraries are a record of actual places we visited and we managed to visit ALL that we had planned before the trip with slight deviations in timing. Only a few eateries were unplanned. I had also included the actual timings in these itineraries during our trip. (timing data from the photographs we took)

Day 1 – 30 Oct (Tues) [Alishan / Fen Qi Hu ]

00:55 — Take Scoot TZ202 from Terminal 2
05:40 — Arrival at Taoyuan Airport Terminal 2
06:00 — Check-out from Arrival Hall
06:35 —  Airport: Take Shuttle Bus to Taoyuan HSR ((15-20mins) pay exact cash; need to change at bus counter) – NT$60
06:40 — Buy 2 Adult tickets for Taoyuan HSR to Chiayi HSR (travel time: 1 hr) – NT$1840
07:00 — Eat breakfast onboard the High Speed Rail (HSR)
08:24 — Arrival at Chiayi HSR (if taking Train 609)
08:40 — Meet up with Mr Zheng, the taxi-driver we booked for four days (Tel: 0913-191580). Actual: Mr Lin took us for 1-day as Mr Zheng was not free that day.
09:00 — To Alishan Forestry Area, our Homestay: 茶香花園民宿
09:30 — Stopover at Di Jiu Bridge 地久桥 (road was closed for a while at foot of Alishan due to rocks collapsing)
10:29 — Travelling up the Alishan Highway
11:03 — Arrival (Alishan Minsu B&B – 茶香花園民宿), drop luggage
11:10 — Travel to Alishan National Forest Recreation Area (1 hr drive)
12:00 — Alishan National Forest Recreation Area: Lunch
13:00 — Take Alishan Forest Railway to Zhao Ping Station to begin the forest walk trail
15:20 — Leave for Fen Qi Hu (1 hr drive)
16:24 — Fen Qi Hu: Sight-seeing and Dinner
17:38 — Dinner: Fen Qi Hu Railway Bento
18:00 — Travel to 茶香花園民宿 (1 hr drive)
19:00 — Arrival and rest

Day 2 – 31 Oct (Wed) [ Alishan / Sun Moon Lake ]

05:57 — Alishan Minsu B&B – 茶香花園民宿 – See Sunrise
07:55 — Alishan Minsu B&B – 茶香花園民宿 – Breakfast
08:30 — Check-out and travel to Sun Moon Lake (3 -3.5 hr drive)
11:57 — Sun Moon Lake: Arrival at Doris Home and check-in. Buy tickets for ship/ropeway/Culture Village from minsu
13:00 — ShueiShe Pier: Take Boat towards Ita Shao (20-min ride)
13:22 — Ita Shao : Bought Snacks & Tea-Leaf Egg to eat on the way
14:18 — Ita Shao: Take Ropeway(cable car) to 九族文化村 Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village (20-min ride)
14:38 — 九族文化村 Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village: Sightseeing Lunch if have time
17:00 — Take a Nantou bus back to Homestay (approx. NT$100)
18:00 — Doris Home: Light wash up
18:30 — Sun Moon Restaurant: Dinner (restaurant closes at 8pm+)

Day 3 – 1 Nov (Thu) [ Sun Moon Lake / Cingjing ]

07:30 — Doris Home: Wake up early to have morning walk (5am for sunrise) and/or bicycle ride
08:30 — Doris Home: Breakfast
09:00 — Doris Home: Pack & Check-out
09:40 — Take Mr Zheng’s transport to Aowanda National Forest Recreation (1.5 hr drive)
11:05 — Aowanda National Forest Recreation 奧萬大森林遊樂區: and Sight-seeing
14:20 — Leave Aowanda to head to Cingjing (40 min drive)
15:20 — Wu She Talowan (霧社塔洛灣甕仔雞) (our driver’s recommendation): Lunch
16:40 — Misty Villa, 雲濛仙境 :Arrival and Check-in.
17:20 — Cingjing Small Swiss Garden Sight-seeing
19:00 — Cingjing Small Swiss Garden: Dinner at 7-eleven store
19:40 — Back to Homestay Misty Villa, 雲濛仙境 to rest: Short 10 mins walk

Day 4 – 2 Nov (Fri) [ Cingjing / Taipei ]

08:25 — Misty Villa, 雲濛仙境: Breakfast / Check-out, leave packed luggage there
09:15 — Cingjing Farm: Green Green Grassland, Sight-seeing
10:50 — Cingjing Farm: Horse-Skill Show
11:49 — Depart Cingjing Farm
12:20 — Collect luggage from homestay and take Mr Zheng’s transport to go Taichung HSR (1.5 hr drive)
13:30 — Taichung HSR: Arrival and buy tickets for HSR (1 hr)
14:20— Taichung HSR: Board to Taipei / Bought Lunch to eat on-board
15:10— Taipei HSR: Arrival / Pick up tickets for Hualian TRA rides / Buy 悠遊卡 (EasyCard) from Metro Station
15:30 — Take cab from Taipei Main Railway Station to Shin Shih Hotel
16:00 — Shin Shih Hotel 新仕商務飯店: Arrival and Check-in
17:14 — To Shuanglian Metro Station (雙連)
17:25 — Arrival at Jiantan Metro Station (劍潭) and take free shuttle bus to Miramar
17:40 — Shuttle Bus to Miramar
18:00 — Miramar (美麗華百樂園) : Dinner
19:30 — Took Taxi to Shilin Night Market
19:43 — Shilin Night Market : Sight-seeing & Snacks
22:05 — Take metro to Shuanglian Station (雙連). Walk back to Shin Shih Hotel 新仕商務飯店, Rest

Day 5 – 3 Nov (Sat) [ Pingxi Line / Taipei 101 ]

08:21 — Shin Shih Hotel 新仕商務飯店: Breakfast
09:00
— To Shuanglian Metro Station (雙連).Take Metro to Taipei Metro Station. Buy tickets for train ride to Ruifang Station (瑞芳) for today & tomorrow
09:32 — Taipei Railway Station/ Taipei Metro Station (台北車站) : Board Train 214 to Ruifang Station
10:22 — Ruifang Station (瑞芳): Arrival
10:35 — Ruifang Station (瑞芳): Buy 1-day tickets for Pingxi Line
11:00 — Ruifang Station (瑞芳): Board Pingxi train to Houtong
11:15 — Huotong Station (侯硐): Arrived
11:15 — Huotong Station (侯硐): Sightseeing of cats, coal mining factory.Buy cat souvenirs
11:55 — Huotong Station (侯硐): Board Pingxi train to Shifen
12:20 — Shifen Station (十分): Arrival & Sight-seeing
13:30 — Shifen Station (十分): Lunch
14:13 — Walk to Shifen Waterfall Recreation Area
14:20 — Shifen Waterfall Recreation Area: Arrival Tourist Information Centre
15:00 — Entering Shifen Waterfall : Sight-seeing
15:22 — Walk along Railway Track on another route back to Tourist Information Centre
15:40 — Back to Tourist Information Centre
16:30 — Pingxi Station (平溪) : Sight-seeing
17:20 — Board Pingxi train back to Ruifang (瑞芳).Ruifang Station (瑞芳): Arrival & Take Cab to Taipei 101
19:19 — Taipei 101: Arrived & Walk-around
19:50 — Taipei 101: Dinner
21:00 — Taipei 101: To the Top for City-scape Viewing
22:00 — Leave Taipei 101. Back & Rest at Shin Shih Hotel

Day 6 – 4 Nov (Sun) [ Jiufen / Jinguashi / Ximending ]

07:30 — Shin Shih Hotel 新仕商務飯店: Breakfast. To Shuanglian Metro Station (雙連)
— Take Metro to Taipei Metro Station
08:50 — Taipei Railway Station/ Taipei Metro Station (台北車站) : Board Train 214 to Ruifang Station
09:30 — Arrival at Ruifang Station
09:50 — Taxi (outside Ruifang Station) to go up to Jiufen
10:00 — Jiufen Old Town: Shopping & Eating
12:15 — Tea House : Lunch
13:50 — Leave Jiufen
14:00 — Jinguashi Gold Ecological Park : Sight-seeing
17:00 — Leave Jinguashi
17:05 — Taxi: Mr Tu – Stopover at Gold Waterfall. Taxi: Back to Shin Shih Hotel / Arrange with Mr Tu to bring us to Memorial Hall and Airport on Tuesday.
— Rest a little at Hotel
— Walk to Metro to take metro to Ximending
19:37 — Ximen Station: Arrival & Walk up to Ximending
— Ximending: Shop & Dinner
21:30 — Leave Ximen Station
21:47 — Shuanglien Metro : Arrived and Walk back to Hotel
21:55 — Back & Rest at Shin Shih Hotel

Day 7 – 5 Nov (Mon)[ Hualien / Taroko National Park / Qi Xing Tan ]

07:00 — Shin Shih Hotel 新仕商務飯店: Breakfast. Check-out and leave luggage with hotel
— Walk to Shuanglian Metro Station: Take Metro to Taipei Station
— Arrival at Taipei Station
08:12 — Take Taroko Express (TRA) Train to Hualien Station
09:25 — Arrival at Hualien Station
09:40 — Pickup by Driver Guide Mr Li, Taroko Gorge Tour
09:59 — Hualien Train Station (outside) : Railway Exhibit
10:14 — Leave for Taroko Gorge
10:49 — Taroko Gorge: Sightseeing
12:30 — Taroko National Park: Lunch
13:30 — Taroko National Park: Xiang De Temple
14:51 — Taroko National Park: Bulowan
16:00 — Taroko National Park: Chang Chun Shrine
16:15 — Leave Taroko National Park and to Qi Xing Tan
16:52 — Qi Xing Tan : Sight-seeing
17:20 — Leave Qi Xing Tan and to Hualien City
17:53Hualien City: Dinner
20:24 — Hualien Bay Homestay: Arrival
21:00 — Hualien Bay Homestay: Release Sky Lantern & Play Fireworks
21:30 — Rest

Day 8 – 6 Nov (Tue) [ Hualien / Taipei ]

08:12 — Hualien Bay Homestay: Early morning walk to nearby sea
08:43 — Hualien Bay Homestay: Interaction with Farm Animals
09:14 — Hualien Bay Homestay: Breakfast
— Check out and owner drives us to Hualien Station
— Arrival at Hualien Station
12:00 — Take Train to Taipei Station
12:50 — Arrival at Taipei Railway Station / Met Mr Tu outside (He helped picked up our luggage from hotel)
— Mr Tu drove us to Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
13:05 — Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall: Sight-seeing
13:40 — Leave Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall & Mr Tu drove us to Taoyuan Airport Terminal 2
14:35 — Check-In
15:45 — Departure Flight TZ201 from Taoyuan Airport Terminal 2
20:10 — Arrival in Singapore

  1. Song Hui December 24, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    Hi Cat,

    Just wondering if you still have the email contacts for arranging a private driver for customized trips in Taiwan?

    Thank you in advance!

    Song Hui

  2. michelle February 17, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Hi cat..

    Saw the post on your trip to Alishan.
    Actually I’m planning a trip in Mar.. But due to time constraint, we only have 5 days.
    So I’m not sure if we can actually make do with like a day tour in Alishan rather than staying over.

    What do you think? Any recommendation? Do drop me an email.
    Oh ya.. and i saw the contacts for the drivers.. but how do you actually liaise with them from singapore?

    Thanks.

    1. Cat February 26, 2014 at 2:27 pm

      Hi Michelle,
      It’s possible to do a day tour of Alishan since you might only need 3 hours to walk the forest. Allow for travelling time up and down.
      If you want to try out foodstuff at Fenchihu, then head for Fenchihu first before going up to the Forest Recreation. Otherwise, the shops would be close near evening.
      As we said, according to the roadworks or mountain road maintenance, the highway might be closed at certain times…these we can’t predict.

      We contacted the drivers because we had arrangements with the homestay and they provided us with the contact or helped us ‘talk’ to the driver we had for Alishan. The other two drivers…we only saw them when we reached Taiwan. One was ‘found’ by us when we came out from a place of interest and another one was a friend of the homestay owners.
      to contact them if you have no arrangement with homestay, the only way is to call them via long distance call to their mobile.

      1. Judy Sng March 23, 2015 at 4:40 pm

        We plan go Alishan on Aug 2015, but Alishan Tea-Garden Homestay not aavailable, any new hotel recommend?

        Thank A-lot
        Judy Sng
        fm Singapore

  3. low June 8, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Hi

    nice trip post to Taiwan. Actually taiwan has many nice places for kids and unique minsu.

    here is my taiwan traveling blog to share:
    Sflow00.wordpress.com

    1. Cat June 8, 2014 at 10:46 am

      Hi,

      Your blog was one of the blogs on Taiwan I read in 2012 to plan for our trip! I didn’t know you had since been there so many times. Will help us if we go Taiwan again.

  4. sk June 25, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    Omg your blog is so detailed! Just finished reading all the post on yr Taiwan trip.
    Kudos for having so much patience to blog everything in details haha.
    I will be going Taiwan in mid July, so this definitely helped me a lot in some of my planning! Thanks!

    1. Cat June 26, 2014 at 1:43 am

      Hi Sk,

      Thank you! I’m so happy to receive feedback that you like this post I painstakingly created to help people to have a great trip in Taiwan! ^_^

      I think it was because it was really so much fun for us that we were able to wrote it in details.

      Hope you have a fun time there as well! We have future plans to visit Taiwan again. Hopefully, one day we will get there.

  5. yvonne Low July 3, 2014 at 11:18 am

    was planning a trip to Taiwan and getting a terrible headache looking at the many travel reviews, forums & blogs… >_<. then I came across ur web page & was sooooo tempted to just throw aside everything that I had planned & just follow your every step in Taiwan 😛

    great job in listing down every single day in detail. thumbs up. 🙂

    1. Cat July 3, 2014 at 8:00 pm

      Thanks Yvonne! We spent more than a month reading blogs, reviews and came up with our itinerary too. Manage to eliminate those places not worth seeing to squeeze in 8 days and thus, have to share what we felt was great! 🙂

      1. Nelly July 7, 2014 at 6:55 pm

        How do you like your Hualien Bay minsu? I am undecided between Hualien Bayview, Hualien Bay and Star & Mist B&B.

        For Cingjing, unfortunately Misty will be renovating during my travelling period in Sep. I booked Vienna Pleasance instead.Do you think it is a good choice?

        1. Vin July 8, 2014 at 9:12 am

          Hi Nelly,

          We had an enjoyable time at Hualien Bay minsu, from the fireworks to their farm animals. You may read more about our experiences here: http://www.travelsnapstories.com/2013/08/releasing-sky-lantern-in-hualien-bay/

          Here is also a review of the minsu: http://www.travelsnapstories.com/2013/04/travel-taiwan-accommodation/

          Unfortunately, we are unable to offer advices on Vienna Pleasance, since we have not stayed there before.

          1. J October 5, 2014 at 6:22 pm

            Hi there, may I know how I can book a room at Hualien Bay? Can’t find the details online.:( Having a headache trying to plan my itinerary. Many B&Bs are already sold out.

            Thanks in advance.

            1. Cat October 5, 2014 at 6:30 pm

              Hi J, have replied via email to you. The details are on its website actually. Just email Mr Andy Tan.

  6. Dawn August 19, 2014 at 12:45 am

    Hi Vin & Cat,

    Thumbs up!!! For all your hard work in putting down such great details of your trip.

    I’m planning to bring my 78-yr-old mom to see cherry blossom next Mar. She can walk but once there are lengthy flight of steps, it will be no-no for her. She does need to rest like every 30-40min interval.

    Will it be possible at all for me to do this trip with her?

    Thanks, look forward to your reply.

    1. Cat August 19, 2014 at 10:51 pm

      Hi Dawn,

      There are plenty of steps-walking in Alishan National Park if you want to explore the whole place. Or you could just concentrate on walking in the lower part of the park. Steps are inevitable for mountainous region.
      We took the train to the top part before descending down the steps to the bottom part. (You can read from the post) It’s easier than climbing upwards. Alternatively, allocate the whole day to exploring the park and do really slow strolls

  7. Dawn August 19, 2014 at 12:49 am

    ah I missed this out earlier …. I meant Alishan National Park.
    Otherwise, it’ll have to be Yangmingshan or Wulai, am I right?

    1. Vin August 19, 2014 at 5:13 pm

      Hi Dawn,

      Thanks for your kind comments!

      One of the locations for cherry blossom watching at Alishan National is around Zhaoping Park, which is just a short walk from Zhao Ping Station 沼平站.

  8. Arie October 9, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    Hi Vin or Cat,

    Thumbs up to your blog. It is very hands on and detail. Helped us in planning our trip to Taiwan. I had been to Taiwan but that was 20 years ago and it was arranged by my parents. i was also much younger so didn’t really care too much on the itinerary. Just follow the flow.

    I have a couple of questions :
    1. Did you contact the booked transportation / taxi driver from Singapore? If yes, only by phone personally or via an agency in Singapore?

    2. Stupid question, did they speak any English at all? My Chinese is very very limited and I don’t speak Hokkian.

    Pardon me if you have entertained the same questions. I have just read this blog. Thanks.

    Arie
    Based in Singapore as well.

    1. Cat October 9, 2014 at 2:18 pm

      Hi Arie,

      Thank you for the compliments! ^_^
      In answer to your questions:
      1. We contacted them by email while we were in Singapore and booked over one month before we went to Taiwan. There were three we were comparing and in the end, we chose the one who was affliated with one of our homestays. The manager of Doris Home helped us speak to him on any change in issues etc when he’s not replying to our email. As for the Hualien driver, it’s the same thing. The homestay manager is a friend of the driver and recommended him, telling him abt the change in date we had. The other driver (Mr Lin for our last day and down Jinguashi), we met him on the road.

      2. They didn’t speak much English. We communicated in Chinese all the time. They might know a little English but as they often double as ‘guide’ at a place of attraction and speak in Chinese… so if you can’t understand Chinese, the information you get might not be much. We were able to hear a lot of interesting stories abt Taroko from our Hualien driver and Taiwan history from Mr Lin. Mr Zheng also told us things about the aboriginal people.

      1. Arie October 9, 2014 at 5:17 pm

        Hey thanks for your swift reply, Cat.

        1. Any links of the three contact that I can browse or contact. My trip is only in Mid Nov.
        2. Yeah it’s a big pity that my Chinese is very limited. It will be very interesting to know more about the Aboriginal people as well as Taiwan history.

        Appreciate your help in advance.

        Arie

      2. james September 12, 2015 at 12:06 pm

        hihi
        planning a trip to chiayi and alishan and sunmoonlake
        reckon i’ll need a driver for 2 days, mind sharing the contact to mr zheng?

        cheers!
        j

  9. samantha January 8, 2016 at 10:33 am

    Hi,

    do u still have Mr Zheng contact? Also what type of car did u all took for all 3 of you with luggages?

    Since you all book Mr Zheng for four days, do u all need to provide food and accommodation for him?

    Thank you

    1. Vin January 20, 2016 at 5:02 pm

      Hi Samantha,

      The contacts we last had of the drivers were listed above.

      You may find a photo of his vehicle here: http://www.travelsnapstories.com/2013/05/taiwan-day-1-arrival-alishan-forest/

      There is no need to provide food or accommodation for any of the drivers we engaged.

  10. Minthuy March 19, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    Hi Cat & Vin,

    I’m so happy to read your blog. Great job! 🙂

    I want to move from Alishan to SunMoon Lake, how can we go?

    Thanks,

    1. Vin March 22, 2016 at 10:10 am

      Hi Minthuy,

      Thanks for your compliments. 🙂

      We would recommend hiring a cab driver to make that journey.

  11. Gail December 21, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    hi! thank you for your post. can you give us email addresses of the drivers you hired from taoyuan airport? we’re planning to visit Taiwan on February 2017. We don’t understand Mandarin Chinese, that’s why we need a contact for a cab driver who can drop us at the train station going to Alishan.. hoping to hear from you soon. ☺

Comments are closed.