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TPE Taiwan Taoyuan Airport: Premium Lounge Entry

TPE Taiwan Taoyuan Airport: Premium Lounge Entry

Relax and refresh before your departure or in between flights in the comfort of a Plaza Premium Lounge at the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, located in the international departure area of terminal 1 and terminal 2. Facilities include comfortable seats, complimentary Wi-Fi, charging stations, and a wide range of food and beverage options. The signature Taiwanese beef noodle soup is definitely a must-try in the lounge. Choose from a 3-hour, 6-hour, or 12-hour package to suit your schedule. You can also enjoy a shower in selected lounges.

Taipei: Taipei 101 Observatory Deck Ticket

Taipei: Taipei 101 Observatory Deck Ticket

Take an extremely fast elevator into the sky as you ascend Taipei's iconic Taipei 101 skyscraper. Once the world's tallest building, a 37 second ride to the 89th floor is a must for all those wanting to tick this feat off their bucket list. See for miles from the observation decks on the 87th and 88th floors and the rooftop – a heart-stopping moment not to be forgotten.  Dominating the skyline, the Taipei 101 stands over Downtown Taipei at a staggering 509 meters. Enjoy the bird’s eye view of the surrounding buildings with breathtaking 360-degree panoramas at your disposal. By day or night, the experience is picture-perfect. Learn all there is to know about the spectacular bamboo architecture and technology behind this Taiwanese icon while feasting your eyes on live, historic, and night views of the city with one of the deck's telescopes. Watch and take a photo with the giant 660-tonne tuned mass damper (TMD), located between the 87th and 91st floors, which stabilizes the tower against movements caused by high winds.

From Taipei: Group Tour of Yehliu, Jiufen, and Pingxi

From Taipei: Group Tour of Yehliu, Jiufen, and Pingxi

View Taiwan's northern highlights with this group tour from Taipei. Visit destinations like the Yehliu Geopark, the old-fashioned mountain village of Jiufen and Shifen. Start your day with pickup in downtown Taipei, and relax as you make your way to Yehliu Geopark, home to a number of unique rock formations caused by wind and sea, where you will view fascinating rock formations like the Queen's Head, Sea Candles, Fairy Shoe, Ginger Rocks, Elephant Rock, and more. Next, head to Jiufen village, which was once famous for being a gold-mining town in the 1940s, but is now popular for inspiring scenes in the film "Spirited Away." The success of the movie brought vitality to Jiufen’s tourism, making it the most popular destination in northeastern Taiwan. It’s recommended to have a cup of tea at a teahouse, where you can appreciate the picturesque scenery, and the freshly brewed tea at the same time. Besides the teahouses, here you can also tastes various local foods and buy souvenirs. If you have a sweet tooth, don’t miss the traditional Jiufen dessert—Taro Ball. Your tour continues with a visit to Shifen Waterfall. It is one of the most popular attractions in this area, widely-known as the “Little Niagara Falls” of Taiwan, a cascade-type waterfall similar to North America’s Niagara Falls. There are several viewing platforms near Shifen Waterfall, where the visitors can see the waterfall from different angles, even have a close-up look. Then head to the Shifen Old Street to experience the iconic tradition of flying Sky Lantern. Your tour guide will teach you how to release a sky lantern correctly, so you can fully enjoy the tranquil and peaceful moment. The street is lined with souvenir shops, sky lantern shops and eateries, where you can spend some time buying souvenirs or trying some local snacks before returning to Taipei.

From Taipei: Shifen, Jiufen, and Yehliu Guided Day Trip

From Taipei: Shifen, Jiufen, and Yehliu Guided Day Trip

Take a day trip from Taipei to explore the best of the northeast coast of Taiwan. Visit the scenic town of Shifen, stroll along the old cobblestoned streets in Jiufen, and marvel at Yehliu Geopark's unique landscape. Choose between a shared tour with other travelers or a private tour. If you select the shared tour option, make your way to the meeting point in Taipei. If you select the private tour option, you'll be picked up at your hotel. Once you are with your guide, drive toward Shifen. Upon arrival in Shifen, discover a town rich in culture, history, and natural scenery, including Shifen Waterfall. Create a Chinese lantern with a wish written on it, then release it into the sky. Next, continue to Jiufen to continue exploring Taiwan's history and culture. Walk along the famous Old Street and admire the Japanese-inspired architecture. Have the chance to eat local food (not included) while you're there, too. Later, visit the natural classroom Yehliu Geopark. Explore the bizarre terrain formed by thousands of years of geological movement, which have forced the mountain to jut out of the ocean. Admire the Queen's Head rock formation and more before returning to Taipei.

Taipei: Priority Pass Taipei 101 Observatory Deck Ticket

Taipei: Priority Pass Taipei 101 Observatory Deck Ticket

Save time waiting for the elevator up to the Observatory Deck of Taipei 101, the most popular attraction in Taipei City. Take a rapid elevator into the sky as you ascend Taipei's iconic skyscraper. Once the world's tallest building, Taipei 101's 37-second ride to the 89th floor is a must for all those wanting to tick this signature item off their bucket list. See for miles around from the observation decks on the 87th and 88th floors and the rooftop. Dominating the skyline, the Taipei 101 stands over downtown Taipei at a staggering 509 meters. Enjoy the bird’s eye view of the surrounding buildings with breathtaking 360-degree panoramas at your disposal. By day or night, the experience is picture-perfect. Learn all there is to know about the spectacular bamboo architecture and technology behind this Taiwanese icon while enjoying the best views of the city with one of the deck's telescopes. Take a photo with the giant 660-tonne tuned mass damper (TMD), located between the 87th and 91st floors, which stabilizes the tower against movements caused by high winds.

10 Asian Regions: eSIM Data Plan

10 Asian Regions: eSIM Data Plan

Make your trip to Asia hassle-free with a convenient eSIM. Stay connected on your travels with high-speed coverage in 10 Asian regions: Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, South Korea, Indonesia, and Malaysia. Purchase and install your eSIM anytime and anywhere, and choose from a variety of data packages, validity options, and coverage in additional countries. Simply scan the eSIM QR code to access all your essential apps on your trip. Avoid the trouble of managing multiple SIMs with this zero-waste solution. Get one eSIM per device and top up by simply buying and activating additional eSIM plans as you go. Once activated, your coverage will begin according to your selected duration. All iPhone model launched beyond iPhone XS can support eSIM. For Android, if you are unsure, please check with the guideline photo for eligibility. If you can not connect to the internet after install this eSIM, please follow the Self Help Troubleshooting Guide in your GYG voucher. APN (Access Point Name): ctm-mobile Local operator info: China - CU Hong Kong - CSL Macau - CTM Taiwan - Chunghwa South Korea - SK Telecom Indonesia - Telkomsel Malaysia - Maxis Singapore - Singtel Thailand - AIS Vietnam - Mobifone

Taipei: Jiufen Night View and Shifen Day Tour

Taipei: Jiufen Night View and Shifen Day Tour

Discover Taiwan's history and natural beauty on this tour of Taipei's northeastern coast. Admire Shifen Waterfall, experience local culture on Shifen Old Street by releasing a sky lantern, and visit Jiufen. Choose between a shared group tour or a private tour. Head to the meeting point if you select the shared group option, or wait in your hotel for pickup is you choose the private tour. After meeting your licensed guide, drive toward Shifen. Make your first stop at Shifen Waterfall, where you'll be captivated by the beauty of nature. Continue to Shifen Old Street to partake in the fun of making wishes and releasing sky lanterns, part of Taiwan's cultural heritage. When the sky is getting dark, enjoy the charming night view of Jiufen. Explore this legendary mountain town and have the chance to try Taiwanese cuisine, at your own expense. Learn about tea-drinking culture and enjoy the town's tranquillity before returning to Taipei.

Taipei: National Palace Museum E-Ticket

Taipei: National Palace Museum E-Ticket

Take a stirring journey through art and Chinese cultural history with your skip-the-line ticket to the National Palace Museum. Skip the hassle of long lines and enjoy your visit at your own pace as you wander through the 690,000 objects in the museum’s exquisite collection. Tiptoe through the three major town halls to see famous carving dubbed the Jadeite Cabbage, a masterful combination of the various natural colors of jade to recreate the color variations of a real head of cabbage. Learn about the Mao Gong Ding, which has inscriptions dating back to 2800 years ago and is considered to be one of the most valuable extant Chinese artifacts. Marvel at books and scrolls that date back to the 10th century, representing an invaluable swathe of Chinese history. After enjoying the treasures of the National Palace Museum, take a look at the Zhishan Garden nearby. Based on traditional Chinese garden-building techniques, and filled with a literary atmosphere, some describe the Chinese garden as a euphemistic poem or a long unfolding landscape painting. You could find yourself emerge in the wonderful environment that you just admired in the ancient paintings you just see in the museum.

Thousand Island Lake and Pinglin Tea Plantation from Taipei

Thousand Island Lake and Pinglin Tea Plantation from Taipei

Meet your tour guide and driver, relax and enjoy a scenic drive along the twisty mountain road, we will take you to Shiding, a rural district of New Taipei City. Located in the south of Shiding District, Thousand Island Lake, also known as Qiandao Lake in Chinese literally means a lake with thousands of islands. Shared the same name with the famous attraction in Zhejiang Province of Mainland China, the catchment area of Feitsui Reservoir surrounded by hills creates a similar scenery. The natural terrain and climate make the surrounding area of Feitsui Reservoir ideal farmland for tea-growing, including the well-known Wenshan Pouchong and Dong Fang Mei Ren (literally means “Oriental Beauty Oolong Tea”). The noted tea plantation Bagua Tea Garden is located in this area too, from the top of the hill, the neatly planted rows of tea look just like the symbols of Eight Trigrams. Continue your half-day tour through a 15-min drive to Pinglin District, where the famous Wenshan Pouchong is cultivated. The first stop is Pinglin Tea Museum, a Hokkien-style Siheyuan (quadrangle courtyard house), where you will see the tools and equipment for tea harvesting in the past, and learn about the history and development of the Taiwanese tea industry. Coming up is a local tea shop. Your guide and the tea instructor will give an introduction to Taiwanese tea, and how to properly brew Taiwanese tea during your visit. Here you also have a chance to taste the tea samples. Your tour ends with a return transfer to your chosen drop-off location. Either at Xinyi Shopping District (Taipei 101) or MRT Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station.

From Taipei: Beitou Hotsprings and Yangmingshan Volcano Tour

From Taipei: Beitou Hotsprings and Yangmingshan Volcano Tour

Meet your tour guide and driver in the morning at MRT Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station and take a 40-minute journey to the Yangmingshan National Park. Along the way, stop by the Taipei Public Library at Beitou. Located in Beitou Park and near Beitou Hot Spring Museum, it is Taiwan's first "green library", and is one of the most beautiful public libraries in the world. It minimizes pollution and harm to the environment by using recycled materials and by being water and energy-efficient. Visit the Beitou Hot Spring Museum which was built during the Japanese colonial era. The Tudor-style building has a brick and wood facade and black tile roofing. The 1st level consists of a small bath and a large bath with a piece of Hokutolite Stone weighing 800 kilograms displayed at a corner. This is the perfect location to learn more about Beitou's rich hot spring culture and history. The next stop is Yangmingshan Flower Clock, the centerpiece of the Yangmingshan National Park. See the flowering plants which change by the seasons, where visitors can enjoy the bloom all year round. Visit Yangming Shu-Wu Mansion, also known as Zhongxing Guesthouse, which was the summer residence of the late president, Chiang Kai-shek. Today the mansion is an important site for Taiwanese culture and history. Afterward, you will visit the most popular spot in the national park, Xiaoyoukeng, which literally means "little oil pit". This is a post-volcanic geological area, where you can see and smell the steam rising from the ground, and feel the heat of a dormant volcano. See Qingtiangang, a lava terrace formed when the lava flowed north after the eruption.  The last stop is Lengshuikeng, which means “cold water pit”. This is a barrier lake formed by the volcanic lava flowing down from the mountain. The hot spring water here is colder than the other areas hence its name. Before the tour comes to the end, enjoy a hot spring foot bath that gives relief to aching feet and helps release tension in the muscles. After the tour, you may choose to disembark at MRT Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station or Shihlin Night Market and enjoy the local street foods.

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Convient meeting location by Ximen subway exit. Sophie was a great tour guide, vert informative, and took photos of us.

Real fun way to see & learn about Taipei city. John (guide) is very well informed & super friendly. Tasty lunch too.

Guide was great. Had a small group so it was very accommodating. Very fun day

Great value for the trip. Pick up and drop off was on time. Tommy was funny!

It was a lovely trip and Alex our guide was great!