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

1. 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

2. 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: Jiufen Night View and Shifen Day Tour

3. 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.

Thousand Island Lake and Pinglin Tea Plantation from Taipei

4. 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: Private Scenic Tour to Jiufen, Yehliu & Pingxi

5. From Taipei: Private Scenic Tour to Jiufen, Yehliu & Pingxi

Taiwan is without a doubt filled with an endless collection of seascapes, landscapes, and beautiful landmarks that will stun even the most articulate poet. This tour is designed for those who wish to visit the most iconic and picturesque sites throughout Northern Taiwan. On top of snapping some Instagram-worthy pictures, learn about the Taiwanese culture and history behind those sites, whilst immersing yourself in the beauty of nature. Make your first stop at the Queen's Head at Yehliu Geopark. Gaze in awe at the magical views of stone formations inside the park. Your guide will not only snap cool shots for you, but will also explain the formation of the unique stones as well as the Taiwanese people and their culture. Then, visit Chifen, which is well known for its beauty and history as a former goldmine town in Northern Taiwan. Taste delicious Taiwanese snack along the alley, or choose the option to enjoy tea at the A-Mei Tea House, which inspired Oscar awarded animator Hayao Miyazaki for the beautiful house in Spirited Away.  After this, continue your scenic tour to Pingxi, Taiwan's most romantic place. Stroll along Shifen Old Street, one of the most popular movie shooting spots, where you can see a collection of local shops along old train tracks and winding lanes. Towards the end of your tour, make wishes by releasing by a sky lantern into the air and hope that your dreams will come true.

Taipei: 4-Hour Morning City Cycling Tour

6. Taipei: 4-Hour Morning City Cycling Tour

Experience Taipei in a fun and a different way on a sightseeing tour by bike. This tour is a great way to orient yourself on your first day in the city or see the sights if you only have a short time to visit. Receive informative tips on restaurants, shopping, and nightlife for the rest of your stay. Over the course of 4 hours, complete a 15km cycling route around Taipei all on easy, well-maintained, flat paths.  Start the day by meeting your guide and enjoying a traditional Taiwanese breakfast. Get kitted out with your bike and start to pedal around the historic streets and traditional markets. Admire views of the grand architecture, immaculate temples, and more, as you listen to fun facts from your guide about the culture and history of the city as you go. ITINERARY Traditional Breakfast Eatery- We begin our ride with an included and hearty breakfast of danbing, dumplings, youtiao, soy milk, scallion pancakes, sesame cakes, and more! ShuangLian- Morning Market- A traditional street market where locals come to buy produce, meats, clothes, and other necessities. WunChang Temple- A Daoist temple dedicated to a deity of culture and literature that is nestled inside the morning market DiHua Historical Street- A 19th-century riverside trading hub for herbs, medicines, dried goods, fabrics, teas, and other products. Xiahai Temple- A festive temple often visited by those seeking to improve their love life. Delicious free tea is generously offered here. Danshui Riverside Bikeway- Spacious and scenic bike path along an expansive river with open skyline views. Longshan Temple- The most famous, and arguably the most alluring, temple in Taipei. Presidential Office Building- Built by the colonial Japanese, this building now serves as the office of Taiwan's leader. Jing Fu (East) Gate- Reconstructed east gate of the wall that once enclosed the capital city. CKS Memorial Hall- A grandiose memorial dedicated to the former leader of Taiwan and the Chinese Nationalist Party. Stay and watch the changing of the guards! We end the tour back at the starting point at Taipei Bike Tours Office.

Taipei City Tour with National Palace Museum Ticket

7. Taipei City Tour with National Palace Museum Ticket

See the best of Taipei on a 4-hour city tour where you will get to see all the important sites of Taiwan's capital. ● Presidential Office (pass by) ● Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall (National Taiwan Democracy Memorial Hall) ● Martyrs' Shrine ● National Palace Museum ● Grand Hotel Taipei (photo stop)  Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall was built to commemorate late president Chiang Kai-shek. Surrounded by a large Chinese-style park and a huge plaza, the iconic hall has white marble walls and a roof with blue glazed tiles. On the three floors inside, visitors can see a large bronze statue of a sitting Chiang Kai-shek and check out the exhibition area with historic documents, photographs, and films. On two sides of the large plaza in front of the memorial hall are the National Theater and the National Concert Hall, two great venues for the performing arts regularly featuring famous artists from Taiwan and abroad. Marty's Shrine The shrine was built in the 1969, dedicated to the fallen soldiers in civil wars and armed conflicts, to honor their brave spirit. Every year on Youth Day and Armed Forces Day, the president of Taiwan leads the civil and military officials to pay floral tribute to the martyrs. The changing of the guard ceremony is performed hourly from 09:00 to 17:00 every day, which attracts large numbers of tourists from overseas. National Palace Museum Often named as one of the four greatest museums in the world, the National Palace Museum not only preserves century-old art and culture but also engages in cultural exchange with foreign museums to become a modern and "fashionable" museum. The museum collection consists of more than 600,000 court treasures from the Song, Yuan, Ming, and Qing Dynasties. Among the most popular artifacts are the Jadeite Cabbage and Meat-Shaped Stone, both always drawing large crowds. Grand Hotel Taipei (photo stop) This 5-star hotel is another historical landmark built in the 1950s to cater foreign dignitaries who visited Taipei, and it contains numerous art and decors, including wall panels, paintings and carvings. Presidential Office (pass by) The neo-Renaissance building was built in the 1910s during Japanese colonization, previously served as the office of the Governor-General of Taiwan. Nowadays, the building operates as the seat of political power in Taiwan. With a long history and an iconic facade, it is also a symbolic landmark in Taipei City.

From Taipei: Pinglin Tea Culture and Maokong Guided Day Tour

8. From Taipei: Pinglin Tea Culture and Maokong Guided Day Tour

Your adventure commences with a scenic ride on the Maokong Gondola, designed for leisurely travel, boasts the lengthiest route, offering awe-inspiring aerial vistas of Southern Taipei. This picturesque ride offers stunning mountain scenery from a lofty vantage point, making it a favored activity among foreign tourists exploring Taipei. The Maokong Tea Fragrance Loop Trail comprises four short, paved paths. Along the trail, you’ll encounter beautiful natural features like potholes, waterfalls, and forests, all visible during the hike. The Maokong Zhangshu Trail is another beloved leisure trail among the locals, you’ll discover the terraced fields, ponds, tea gardens, and more, creating the sensation of stepping into an idyllic picture as you stroll through this scenic landscape. The Taipei Tea Promotion Center for Tieguanyin and Baozhong serves as a leisurely park dedicated to showcase the exceptional quality and authenticity of Taiwan’s Tieguanyin and Baozhong teas. By exploring the center, visitors can gain insights into the evolution of Taiwanese tea and ecological knowledge through the informational exhibits, tea panning machines, and more. After a few hours of walking, you might find yourself hungry and craving some local foods. Beyond its scenic beauty, Maokong is a hotspot for tea tasting. Abound with teahouses, most of them offer freshly brewed teas and meals, allowing you to enjoy a delectable lunch in the delightful aroma of tea at your own expense. Following lunch, your tea tour proceeds with a visit to Thousand Island Lake in Shiding. Shiding, a rural area celebrated for its tea cultivation and stunning landscapes. The catchment area around the Feitsui Reservoir, nestled among hills, creates a distinctive scenery—a lake adorned with numerous islands. Its resemblance to the Thousand Island Lake in China has bestowed upon it the same name. The Bagua Tea Plantation also locates in this area. When viewed from the hilltop, the neatly planted rows of tea bushes resemble the symbols of Eight Trigrams, which inspired the plantation’s name. After indulging in the natural tea aroma, your tea tour continues to uncover the intricacies of tea processing and its evolution. The Pinglin Tea Museum, a Hokkien-style Siheyuan architecture, inviting the visitors to delve into the world of Taiwanese tea. This museum houses a rich collection of traditional harvesting tools, tea sets, samples, and more, offering insights into the history and evolution of Taiwan’s tea industry. While in Pinglin, you can’t miss the chance to savor authentic Taiwanese tea at a local tea shop. The tea sommelier will demonstrate the proper brewing techniques to bring out the flavors of the tea leaves, making your tea more aromatic and enhancing your tea tasting experience. At the end of this fantastic tea tour to Maokong, Shiding, and Pinglin, you may choose to disembark at Xinyi Shopping District (Taipei 101) or at MRT Zhongxiao XInsheng Station.

Private Full-Day Northern Taiwan Tour by Car from Taipei

9. Private Full-Day Northern Taiwan Tour by Car from Taipei

Explore Taipei and the surrounding area on an 8-hour private car charter. Discover iconic sights and beauty spots in northern Taiwan without the hassle of public transportation. Choose from a number of itineraries or create your own. Check out the natural beauty of Yangmingshan and Jiufen. See the amazing coastal rock formations at Yehliu, or perhaps enjoy a drive to Pingxi.

Taipei City tour 8hrs private tour

10. Taipei City tour 8hrs private tour

★Have a convenient trip between Taipei City and Jiufen or Shifen when you avail of this private transfers. ★Visit Shifen Old Street, which is coexisting with the train tracks, and is also a location for many movies ★Go to Shifen Station to find the mailbox leading to happiness ★Enter the Shifen Waterfall, which is like a fairyland on earth, known as the Nicaragua Waterfall in Taiwan Also, Taipei City is a modern and traditional mixed city, where you would like to go, we can arrange the spot for you. If you inform us of the spot list.

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Our guide this time is Akira. He can't say he's fluent in Japanese, but he speaks very sincerely. While guiding, he always thought about the customers, and I was moved by his kindness. Mr. Akira was very considerate not only to customers but also to others, and was a very nice person. If I were to travel to Taiwan again, I would like to ask Akira to be my guide. Thank you for the enjoyable trip.

Peggy and Allen were amazing! They pay attention to so many little details and keep a great pace to fit in sightseeing, shopping, and snacks for the day! They are truly the best! I had an amazing time with them learning and exploring the sights and activitied. I highly reccommend, it was well worth the money! Thank you both for a perfect tour!

the trip was beautiful and enjoyable. many different places to see and the latern activity was really cool, combined with good weather, it was really good day

The guide was excellent with ton of knowledge and energy. The bus was a little too old and not as clean as expected. Other than that, we enjoyed the trip.

Jewell is a fantastic guide - thank you for an great and fun experience to explore Kyoto from its best sides