Your Questions About Hong Kong Vacation Packages

Linda asks…

how long will it take my package to get from hong kong to oregon?

I ordered a vest and I am currently on a month vacation in Pendlton Oregon, my vest ships from Hong Kong so how long will it ake to arrive in Oregon From Hong Kong

Yaz answers:

Maybe 2 weeks… If it is shipping from EMS…

Susan asks…

Traveling to Hong Kong?

If i am traveling to Hong Kong what is the best and cheapest way? A vacation package with the plane fare and hotel fare togeother or just a plane ticket then find a room when i get there?

Yaz answers:

Go to http://www.ticketsavvy.com they are having some Asian Vacation deals right now that are an extremely good deal

George asks…

Which of the following two vacation PACKAGES, A or B, is better? Answer by choosing A or B, and pls explain.?

A) Bangkok, Singapore, Hong Kong

OR

B) Chiang Mai, Phuket, Bangkok?

My wife loves the cities and sightseeing and I love the beach and enjoy sightseeing

Yaz answers:

Go for A.

Reason is simple. You and your wife will enjoy.

Nancy asks…

Visiting Hong kong?

I am planning to visit HK in Febuary2008 and I need a step by step guide of things to do or get prepared for to visit there. Like when do i try to get a passport or visa. Is a vacation package the easiest way? I am planning to stay only 7 days.

Yaz answers:

Wow im goin to hong kong in jan

Richard asks…

Vacation package?

what is the best website to find the best vacation package with hotel and flight togeother to Hong Kong?

Yaz answers:

I would recommend booking hotel and flight separate.
You will save money this way.
Go to this site
http://www.travelaroundsite.com
We use this for all of our travel
Great deals and prices
Have fun

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Your Questions About Hong Kong City Tours Day

Chris asks…

Funny Foreign Signs. see if you like it?

In a Tokyo Hotel: Is forbidden to steal hotel towels please. If you are not a person to do such thing is please not to read notis.
In a Bucharest hotel lobby: The lift is being fixed for the next day. During that time we regret that you will be unbearable.
In a Leipzig elevator: Do not enter the lift backwards, and only when lit up.
In a Belgrade hotel elevator: To move the cabin, push button for wishing floor. If the cabin should enter more persons, each one should press a number of wishing floor. Driving is then going alphabetically by national order.
In a Paris hotel elevator: Please leave your values at the front desk.
In a hotel in Athens: Visitors are expected to complain at the office between the hours of 9 and 11 A.M. daily.
In a Yugoslavian hotel: The flattening of underwear with pleasure is the job of the chambermaid.
In a Japanese hotel: You are invited to take advantage of the chambermaid.
In the lobby of a Moscow hotel across from a Russian Orthodox monastery: You are welcome to visit the cemetery where famous Russian and Soviet composers, artists, and writers are buried daily except Thursday.
In an Austrian hotel catering to skiers: Not to perambulate the corridors in the hours of repose in the boots of ascension.
On the menu of a Swiss restaurant: Our wines leave you nothing to hope for.
On the menu of a Polish hotel: Salad a firm’s own make; limpid red beet soup with cheesy dumplings in the form of a finger; roasted duck let loose; beef rashers beaten up in the country people’s fashion.
Outside a Hong Kong tailor shop: Ladies may have a fit upstairs.
In a Bangkok dry cleaner’s: Drop your trousers here for best results.
Outside a Paris dress shop: Dresses for street walking.
In a Rhodes tailor shop: Order your summers suit. Because is big rush we will execute customers in strict rotation.
A sign posted in Germany’s Black forest: It is strictly forbidden on our black forest camping site that people of different sex, for instance, men and women, live together in one tent unless they are married with each other for that purpose.
In a Zurich hotel: Because of the impropriety of entertaining guests of the opposite sex in the bedroom, it is suggested that the lobby be used for this purpose.
In an advertisement by a Hong Kong dentist: Teeth extracted by the latest Methodists.
In a Rome laundry: Ladies, leave your clothes here and spend the afternoon having a good time.
In a Czechoslovakian tourist agency: Take one of our horse-driven city tours – we guarantee no miscarriages.
Advertisement for donkey rides in Thailand: Would you like to ride on your own ass?
In a Swiss mountain inn: Special today — no ice cream.
In a Bangkok temple: It is forbidden to enter a woman even a foreigner if dressed as a man.
In a Tokyo bar: Special cocktails for the ladies with nuts.
In a Copenhagen airline ticket office: We take your bags and send them in all directions.
On the door of a Moscow hotel room: If this is your first visit to the USSR, you are welcome to it.
In a Norwegian cocktail lounge: Ladies are requested not to have children in the bar.
In a Budapest zoo: Please do not feed the animals. If you have any suitable food, give it to the guard on duty.
In the office of a Roman doctor: Specialist in women and other diseases.
In an Acapulco hotel: The manager has personally passed all the water served here.
In a Tokyo shop: Our nylons cost more than common, but you’ll find they are best in the long run.
From a Japanese information booklet about using a hotel air conditioner: Cooles and Heates: If you want just condition of warm in your room, please control yourself.
From a brochure of a car rental firm in Tokyo: When passenger of foot heave in sight, tootle the horn. Trumpet him melodiously at first, but if he still obstacles your passage then tootle him with vigor.
Two signs from a Majorcan shop entrance: – English well talking. – Here speeching American.

Yaz answers:

LMAO those are hilarious….they remind me of the signs here in Japan, that are like cartoon pics with different things and a diagonal line thru them so you know that you are not supposed to do them, like the one with a dog and poop, so you know that you are supposed to pick up after your pets……who would have thought to make a sign like that and post it all around the city!

Linda asks…

Signs seen in non-English speaking countries?

In a Vienna hotel: In case of fire, do your utmost to alarm the hotel porter.

A sign posted in Germany’s Black Forest: It is strictly forbidden on our black forest camping site that people of different sex, for instance, men and women, live together in one tent unless they are married with each other for that purpuse.

In a Zurich hotel: Because of the impropriety of entertaining guests of the opposite sex in the bedroom, it is suggested that the lobby be used for this purpuse.

In an advertisement by a Hong Kong dentist: Teeth extracted by the latest Methodist.

A translated sentence from a Russian chess book: A lot of water has been passed under the bridge since this variation has been played.

In a Rome laundry: Ladies, leave your clothes here and spend the afternoon having a good time.

In a Czechoslovakian tourist agency: Take one of our horse-driven city tours — we guarantee no miscarriages.

Advertisement for donkey rides in Thailand: Would you like to ride on your own a*s?

On the tap in a Finnish washroom: To stop the drip, turn c*ck to right.

In the window of a Swedish furrier: Fur coats made for ladies from their own skin.

On the box of a clockwork toy made in Hong Kong: Guaranteed to work throughout its useful life.

Detour sign in Kyushi, Japan: Stop: Drive Sideways.

In a Swiss mountain inn: Special today – no ice cream.

In a Bangkok temple: It is forbidden to enter a woman even foreigner if dressed as a man.

In a Tokyo bar: Special cocktails for the ladies with nuts.

In a Copenhagen airline ticket office: We take your bags and send them in all directions.

On the door of a Moscow hotel room: If this is your first visit to USSR, you are welcome to it.

In a Norwegian cocktail lounge: Ladies are requested not to have children in the bar.

At a Budapest zoo: Please do not feed animals. If you have any suitable food, give it to the guard on duty.

In the office of a Roman doctor: Specialist in women and other diseases.

In a Tokyo hotel: Is forbidden to steal hotel towel please. If you are not person to do such thing is please not to read this notice.

In another Japanese hotel room: Please to bathe inside the tub.

In a Bucharest hotel lobby: The lift is being fixed for the next day. During that time we regret that you will be unbearable.

In a Leipzig elevator: Do not enter backwards, and only when lit up.

In a Belgrade hotel elevator: To move the cabin, push button for wishing floor. If the cabin should enter more persons, each one should press a number of wishing floor. Driving is then going alphabetically by national order.

In a Paris hotel elevator: Please leave your values at the front desk.

In a hotel in Athens: Visitors are expected to complain at the office between the hours of 9 and 11 A.M. daily.

In a Yugoslavian hotel: The flattening of underwear with pleasure is the job of the chambermaid.

In a Japanese hotel: You are invited to take advantage of the chambermaid.

In the lobby of a Moscow hotel across from a Russian Orthodox monastery: You are welcome to visit the cemetery where famous Russian and Soviet composers, artists, and writers are buried daily except Thursday.

Similarly, from the Soviet Weekly: There will be a Moscow Exhibition of Aets by 15,000 Soviet Republic painters and sculptors. These were executed over the past two years.

In an Austrian hotel catering to skiers: Not to perambulate the corridors in the hours of repose in the boots of ascension.

On the menu of a Swiss restaurant: Our wines leave you nothing to hope for.

In the menu of a Polish hotel: Salad a firm’s own make; limpid red beet soup with cheesy dumplings in the form of a finger; roasted duck let loose; beef rashers beaten up the country people’s fashion.

In a Hong Kong supermarket: For your convenience, we recommend courteous, efficient self-service.

Outside a Hong Kong tailor shop: Ladies may have a fit upstairs.

In a Rhodes tailor shop: Order your summers suit. Because is big rush we will execute customers in strict rotation.

In an East African newspaper: A new swimming pool is rapidly taking shape since the contractors have thrown in the bulk of their workers.

In a Bangkok dry cleaners: Drop your trousers here for best results.

Outside a Paris dress shop: Dresses for street walking.

In the office of a Roman doctor: Specialist in women and other diseases.

In an Acapulco hotel: The manager has personally passed all the water served here.

In a Tokyo shop: Our nylons cost more than common, but you’ll find they are best in the long run.

From a Japanese information booklet about using a hotel air conditioner: Cooles and Heates: If you want just condition of warm in your room, please control yourself.

From a brochure of a car rental firm in Tokyo: When passenger of foot heave in sight, tootle the horn. Trumpet him melodiously at first, but if he still obstacles your passage then tootle him with vigor.

Yaz answers:

Very Very Nice
100/100
cant stop laughing keep it up ;-))

David asks…

English Notices?

Here are some signs and notices written in English that were
discovered throughout the world. You have to give the writers an
‘E’ for Effort. We hope you enjoy them.

In a Tokyo Hotel:
Is forbidden to steal hotel towels please. If you are not a
person to do such thing is please not to read notis.

In a Bucharest hotel lobby:
The lift is being fixed for the next day. During that time we
regret that you will be unbearable.

In a Leipzig elevator:
Do not enter the lift backwards, and only when lit up.

In a Belgrade hotel elevator:
To move the cabin, push button for wishing floor. If the cabin
should enter more persons, each one should press a number of
wishing floor. Driving is then going alphabetically by
national order.

In a Paris hotel elevator:
Please leave your values at the front desk.

In a hotel in Athens:
Visitors are expected to complain at the office between the
hours of 9 and 11 A.M. daily.

In a Yugoslavian hotel:
The flattening of underwear with pleasure is the job of the
chambermaid.

In a Japanese hotel:
You are invited to take advantage of the chambermaid.

In the lobby of a Moscow hotel across from a Russian Orthodox
monastery:
You are welcome to visit the cemetery where famous Russian and
Soviet composers, artists, and writers are buried daily except
Thursday.

In an Austrian hotel catering to skiers:
Not to perambulate the corridors in the hours of repose in the
boots of ascension.

On the menu of a Swiss restaurant:
Our wines leave you nothing to hope for.

On the menu of a Polish hotel:
Salad a firm’s own make; limpid red beet soup with cheesy
dumplings in the form of a finger; roasted duck let loose;
beef rashers beaten up in the country people’s fashion.

Outside a Hong Kong tailor shop:
Ladies may have a fit upstairs.

In a Bangkok dry cleaner’s:
Drop your trousers here for best results.

Outside a Paris dress shop:
Dresses for street walking.

In a Rhodes tailor shop:
Order your summers suit. Because is big rush we will execute
customers in strict rotation.

A sign posted in Germany’s Black forest:
It is strictly forbidden on our black forest camping site that
people of different sex, for instance, men and women, live
together in one tent unless they are married with each other
for that purpose.

In a Zurich hotel:
Because of the impropriety of entertaining guests of the
opposite sex in the bedroom, it is suggested that the lobby
be used for this purpose.

In an advertisement by a Hong Kong dentist:
Teeth extracted by the latest Methodists.

In a Rome laundry:
Ladies, leave your clothes here and spend the afternoon
having a good time.

In a Czechoslovakian tourist agency:
Take one of our horse-driven city tours – we guarantee no
miscarriages.

Advertisement for donkey rides in Thailand:
Would you like to ride on your own ass?

In a Swiss mountain inn:
Special today — no ice cream.

In a Bangkok temple:
It is forbidden to enter a woman even a foreigner if dressed
as a man.

In a Tokyo bar:
Special cocktails for the ladies with nuts.

In a Copenhagen airline ticket office:
We take your bags and send them in all directions.

On the door of a Moscow hotel room:
If this is your first visit to the USSR, you are welcome to
it.

In a Norwegian cocktail lounge:
Ladies are requested not to have children in the bar.

In a Budapest zoo:
Please do not feed the animals. If you have any suitable
food, give it to the guard on duty.

In the office of a Roman doctor:
Specialist in women and other diseases.

In an Acapulco hotel:
The manager has personally passed all the water served here.

In a Tokyo shop:
Our nylons cost more than common, but you’ll find they are
best in the long run.

From a Japanese information booklet about using a hotel air
conditioner:
Cooles and Heates: If you want just condition of warm in your
room, please control yourself.

From a brochure of a car rental firm in Tokyo:
When passenger of foot heave in sight, tootle the horn.
Trumpet him melodiously at first, but if he still obstacles
your passage then tootle him with vigor.

Two signs from a Majorcan shop entrance:
– English well talking.
– Here speeching American.

Yaz answers:

The Germany Black’s forest is my favorite. Lol. The zurich hotel one is HILLARIOUS. (did i spell that right?)

lol @ the roman doctor…so we’re diseases now?

George asks…

Would you agree that only seniors can afford to travel to all these different countries ?

English gems from around the world:
In a Tokyo hotel:
Is forbidden to steal hotel towels please. If you are not a person to do such thing is please not to read notis.
In a Bucharest hotel lobby:

The lift is being fixed for the next day. During that time we regret that you will be unbearable.
In a Leipzig elevator:

Do not enter the lift backwards, and only when lit up.
To move the cabin, push button for wishing floor. If the cabin should enter more persons, each one should press a number of wishing floor. Driving is then going alphabetically by national order.
In a Paris hotel elevator:

Please leave your values at the front desk.
In a hotel in Athens:

Visitors are expected to complain at the office between the hours of 9 and 11 A.M. daily.
In a Yogoslavian hotel:

the flattening of underwear with pleasure is the job of the chambermaid.
In a Japanese hotel:

You are invited to take advantage of the chambermaid.
In the lobby of a Moscow hotel across from a Russian Orthodox monastery:

Your are welcome to visit the cemetery where famous Russian and Soviet composers, artists, and writers are buried daily except Thursday.
In an Austrian hotel catering to skiers:

Not to perambulate the corridors in the hours of repose in the boots of ascension.
On the menu of a Swiss restaurant:

Our wines leave you nothing to hope for.
Outside a Hong Kong tailor shop:

Ladies may have a fit upstairs.
Outside a Paris dress shop:

Dresses for street walking.
A sign posted in Germany’s Black forest:

It is strictly forbidden on our black forest camping site that people of different sex, for instance, men and women, live together in one tent unless they are married with each other for that purpose.
In a Zurich hotel:

Because of the impropriety of entertaining guests of the opposite sex in the bedroom, it is suggested that the lobby be used for this purpose.
In an advertisement by a Hong Kong dentist:

Teeth extracted by the latest Methodists.
In a Rome laundry:

Ladies, leave your clothes here and spend the afternoon having a good time.
In a Czechoslovakian tourist agency:

Take one of our horse-driven city tours – we guarantee no miscarriages.
Advertisement for donkey rides in Thailand:

Would you like to ride on your own ass?
In a Swiss mountain inn:

Special today — no ice cream.
In a Bangkok temple:

It is forbidden to enter a woman even a foreigner if dressed as a man.
In a Tokyo bar:

Special cocktails for the ladies with nuts.
In a Copenhagen airline ticket office:

We take your bags and send them in all directions.
In the door of a Moscow hotel room:

If this is your first visit to the USSR, you are welcome to it.
In a Norwegian cocktail lounge:

Ladies are requested not to have children in the bar.
In a Budapest zoo:

Please do not feed the animals. If you have any suitable food, give it to the guard on duty.
In the office of a Roman doctor:

Specialist in women and other diseases.
In an Acapulco hotel:

The manager has personally passed all the water served here.
In a Tokyo shop:

Our nylons cost more than common, but you’ll find they are best in the long run.
From a brochure of a car rental firm in Tokyo:

When passenger of foot heave in sight, tootle the horn. Trumpet him melodiously at first, but if he still obstacles your passage then tootle him with vigor.
Sign in a Majorcan shop entrance:

English well talking.

Yaz answers:

Brilliant! The USSR one cracked me up the most and I’ve laughed so much my face now looks like a bag of crisps.!
Cheers…..
I went on holiday to Turkey once where full English breakfasts are common for the tourists.On a board read:

Full English made with not fake pigs and Tost&Mamladdy.
Seriously!

Charles asks…

hilarious signs all over the world. LOL!?

In a Tokyo Hotel:
Is forbidden to steal hotel towels please. If you are not a person to do such a thing is please not to read notis.

In a Bucharest hotel lobby:
The lift is being fixed for the next day. During that time we regret that you will be unbearable.

In a Belgrade hotel elevator:
To move the cabin, push button for wishing floor. If the cabin should enter more persons, each one should press a number of wishing floor. Driving is then going alphabetically by national order.

In a Paris hotel elevator:
Please leave your values at the front desk.

In a hotel in Athens:
Visitors are expected to complain at the office between the hours of 9 and 11 A.M. daily.

In a Yugoslavian hotel:
The flattening of underwear with pleasure is the job of the chambermaid.

In a Japanese hotel:
You are invited to take advantage of the chambermaid.

In the lobby of a Moscow hotel across from Russian Orthodox monastery:
You are welcome to visit the cemetary where famous Russian and Soviet composers, artists, and writers are buried daily except Thursday.

On the menu of a Swiss restaurant:
Our wines leave you nothing to hope for.

Outside a Hong Kong tailer shop:
Ladies may have a fit upstairs.

In a Bangkok dry cleaners:
Drop your trousers here for best results.

In a Rhodes tailor shop:
Order your summers suit. Because is big rush we will execute customers in strict rotation.

From the Soviet Weekly:
There will be a Moscow Exhibition of Arts by 150,000 Soviet Republic painters and sculptors. These were executed over the past two years.

A sign posted in Germany’s Black Forest:
It is strictly forbidden on our black forest camping site that people of different sex, for instance, men and women, live together in one tent unless they are married with each other for that purpose.

In a Zurich hotel:
Because of the impropriety of entertaining guests of the opposite sex in the bedroom, it is suggested that the lobby be used for this purpose.

In an advertisement by a Hong Kong dentist:
Teeth extracted by the latest Methodists.

In a Rome laundry:
Ladies, leave your clothes here and spend the afternoon having a good time.

In a Czechoslovakin tourist agency:
Take one of our horse-driven city tours – we guarantee no miscarriages.

Advertisement for donkey rides in Thailand:
Would you like to ride on your own ass?

In a Swiss mountain inn:
Special today — no ice cream.

In a Bangkok temple:
It is forbidden to enter a woman even a foreigner if dressed as a man.

In a Tokyo bar:
Special cocktails for the ladies with nuts.

In a Copenhagen airline ticket office:
We take your bags and send them in all directions.

In a Norwegian cocktail lounge:
Ladies are requested not to have children in the bar.

In a Budapest zoo:
Please do not feed the animals. If you have any suitable food, give it to the guard on duty.

In the office of a Roman doctor:
Specialist in women and other diseases.

In an Acapulco hotel:
The manager has personally passed all the water served here.

From a Japanese information booklet about using a hotel air conditioner:
Cooles and Heates: If you want just condition of warm in your room, please control yourself.

From a brochure of a car rental firm in Tokyo:
When passenger of foot heave in sight, tootle the horn. Trumpet him melodiously at first, but if he still obstacles your passage then tootle him with vigor.

Two signs from a Majorcan shop entrance:
– English well speaking
– Here speeching American.

Yaz answers:

ROFL hahahahahaha LOL
that is so funny…why is that we get such a good laugh from other people’s mistake?
Hahahaha
This one just crack me up.
In a Tokyo bar:
Special cocktails for the ladies with nuts

Well done..you deserve many stars

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Your Questions About Hong Kong Travel Deals

Charles asks…

Anyone know of good travel deals from Cebu to Hong Kong?

Yaz answers:

Yeah Jd I just discovered a crowd called Viva Macau Airlines who fly Aussies to Hong Kong on behalf of Packers new Casino in Macau. Dirt cheap. They apparently fly Macau/Cebu/return.
OK-Macau is half an hour on a ferry to HK but check them out as thier rates are ridiculously cheap.
Worth a look anyway.

Betty asks…

How long does it normally take a small package to travel from Hong Kong to Pittsburgh, PA via HKPost & USPS?

I ordered a package from Deal Extreme (an electronics discounter), and it says it left Hong Kong on 9/4/09, but has no details on how long it will take to get to Pittsburgh. It’s registered mail that will travel via the USPS when it gets here to the states, apparently.

Yaz answers:

No way to tell. I ordered a cell phone cover from china and it got to utah in 4 days. I couldn’t believe it. But another package took about 3 weeks. I would think that would be more like the norm. It’s only been a week, so give another week at least, then maybe email them and ask if they have a tracking number of some kind. Just to let them know you haven’t forgotten about them. Hope you paid with a credit card so maybe you can get your money back if things go wrong. Good luck.

Lisa asks…

When are the cheapest airfares available to travel to Hong Kong?

What time of the year I can find the best offers from airlines and which airlines offer the best deals?

Yaz answers:

The BEST time is in Winter season. And I mean winter in the Northern Hemisphere (i.e. Europe and North America). Tickets are a lot cheaper for all airlines during this time of season as less people travel on holiday during winter. So you will end up paying about half what you would pay in Summer.

The best days to book your flights are Tuesday-Thursday as most people tend to travel on Friday and Sunday so tickets can be marginally more expensive then, as well as on Saturdays and Mondays which are more expensive then Tues-Thursday, BUT not as much as Friday and Sunday.

Also, try getting a ticket that has you flight originating early in the morning as these tickets tend to be undersubscribed since most people do not want to get to the airport at 5am to catch a flight (since you have to be there 2 hours before your departure time), so you could save as much as $100 from doing that.

Remember, tickets get MORE expensive as the plane becomes more booked. So theoretically if you buy a ticket when the plane is 5% booked, it will be cheaper than if it was 95% booked by as much as 50-70%. So you should book WELL in advance, BUT not too far in advance. A good ball park figure is at least a month in advance. This is because most airlines may announce specials about 1-2 months before for the time you want to fly.

It also helps to join a miles program for major Airlines like British Airways, United Airlines, Virgin Airlines… Etc. Because they will mail you these specials and you can take advantage of them before the tickets are all taken up.

Well if you are in the USA try www.sidestep.com and www.cheaptickets.com.

You can also try Yahoo travel and signup for fare watcher (free service) and it tells you when tickets fall to a certain price and Yahoo will send you an email telling you that the price for a certain trip is now at you desired price. I have used this a few times and it works very very well.

Jenny asks…

Does anyone know of good travel packages to China and Hong Kong departing from Sydney?

I’m planning on going in November, Sydney to Hong kong and then Beijing and back to Sydney. Does anyone know if someone offers affordable decent packages with accomodation included ? which airlines do you recomend that are not too expensive, deals?

Yaz answers:

Try yahoo travel, they got good deals

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Carol asks…

Anyone in Bundang or Seoul know how to find good travel deals to discover countries outside and around Korea?

I am looking for a travel agency or travel agent or last minute deal place that will help me with some budget travel to Thailand, Indonesia, Japan, China, Vietnam or Hong Kong. I would like to make some plans over the next year to travel to a few places in and outside of Korea. Oh, and if the agencies speak English, that would be even better!

Yaz answers:

The cheapest place i know is soho travel in Hongdae (hongik univ. ) you can call jay at 02-322-1713. Tell him Lance told you about him and he will get you the best deals. He is nice, speaks enlgish well and will ensure you have a great time.

I ahve used him before and referenced many people to him. He will do you right!

Many people like unique travel but i have never had a good experience with them. They canceled my flight twice and never told me!

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Your Questions About Taiwan Vacation Spots

Carol asks…

Is Taipei, Taiwan worth a visit to have fun and really EXPERIENCE not just see places,buy and eat?

Well,I met a Taiwanese recently who suggested Taiwan as a place to visit for vacation.He said it’s good to shop, dine and have fun with the family.However, when I tried to gather information about famous tourist spots there, almost all were just things for “sight-seeing” and “shopping at night markets/ Taipei 101 etc.”. I will bring my family when I go there that’s why I know that my kids would be bored visiting typical public parks. I assume they also won’t enjoy visiting historical places and musuems.

Are there places or theme parks that are made to attract tourists or none? Zoos/Parks that are A MUST-SEE or none? Theme parks that have shows, cable cars, animal shows, rides? Places similar to Disneyland or Ocean Park Hong Kong or Sentosa Singapore?
P.S. : Theme Parks in TAIPEI or near Taipei only that are really intended to attratct tourists. If there are none, please let me know because I want to avoid going/spending money & time to typical places.Thanks for HONEST answers!
Is the ‘MAOKONG GONDOLA’ open for use by visitors this May 2007 to go to Taipei Zoo? How can I possibly go here?

Yaz answers:

Hi,

You did not mention the age of your kids.
Maokong Cable System should be open in June, It is still being tested.

You can get to the Zoo by MRT o the Mucha Line.

To really experience a place you have to talk to the locals. And here you will get a very refreshing experience on how people really should be all over the world.

Taiwan has some of the best theme parks in the world:
Top Taiwan Theme Parks:
http://www.justaiwan.com/amusemantpark/english/map.htm
CC Posted this:
I think the roller coasters you’re asking about are G5 at Janfusun Fancy World in Yunlin and Gravity Max at Yamay Discovery World in Taichung.
Http://www.rcdb.com/id1357.htm
http://www.rcdb.com/id1417.htm
Other roller coasters in Taiwan:
http://www.rcdb.com/qs.htm?quicksearch=Taiwan

Janfusan:
http://www.janfusun.com.tw/

Yamay Theme Park open in Taichung- a couple of hours away by train-
Combines Mala World and Discovery Bay-Two Complete Theme Parks
http://www.yamay.com.tw/
Plenty of Trains or Coaches to Taichung all day

Nearer Taipei:
http://www.leofoo.com.tw/village/

Mucha Zoo:
http://english.taipei.gov.tw/zoo/index.jsp

Miniatures Musuem of Taiwan (small; can be done in 30~40 min.)
http://www.mmot.com.tw

The Taipei Children’s Recreation Center
http://www.tcrc.gov.tw/ENGLISH/E_INTR%7E1.HTM
Discovery Center of Taipei
main number: 02-27574547 fax: 02-27232793
http://www.discovery.taipei.gov.tw/

At the Night markets in Taipei and Taichung you dont’ just shop – you shop, eat then shop some more then eat some more.

Donald asks…

What Do Mainland Japanese Think Of The Yaeyama Islands?

OK, we live on Iriomote-jima (just a few miles from Ishigaki-jima). We are abou as far south in Japan as you can get…on a windy day I can throw rocks into Taiwan…well, almost. LOL

Anyway, other than as a vacation spot, what do most mainland Japanese think of us southern folk?
The damned cat again…I could strangle Azuma for making it famous through Azumanga Daioh. LOL

Yaz answers:

As I said before, your island is known more for Iriomote cat.

Otherwise, we do not know much about it.

Robert asks…

tourist spot or places to go in taiwan?

we’ll be having our christmas vacation in taiwan this year and I would like to ask what are the nice places to go… and also the filming locations of meteor garden…

I’ll be staying in taepei…

thanks so much for the help… :)

Yaz answers:

In Taipei, Taipei 101 is the most famous. Breeze Centre is also a good shopping centre. The area around World Trade Centre Tower 1 is also good. If you like hippy items, go to Hsimen Ding for both cheap and upscale shops. The underground mall of Taipei Main Station is also worth the try. The Tienmu area is also worth the try, especially if you are a westerner or Japanese.

In Taipei lots of sightseeing places to go, the most famous is the National Palace Museum, which houses lots of historical and valuable artifacts. The Martyr’s Shrine is also worth the visit, especially the changing of the guard ceremony. If you like nature, you should try Yangmingshan. It the largest national park in the city area in the whole of the Asia region. The Hongshulin is also worth the visit, as its the most northern tropical rain forest on earth in the northern hemisphere.

If you like hot spring, Peitou area is quite nice and there are three great museum that you can visit. One is the Kaidagelan Cultural Museum, where you can learn about the Taipei’s oldest inhabitant, the Kaidagelan tribe. It’s is so honoured that even the road that leads to the president house in Taiwan is named after this tribe. Two is the Peitou Hot spring Museum, which is all about Hot springs in Taiwan. The Third is the Aborigines Art Culture Centre, which says its all. The hot springs is this area is well famous and there are a few good hot spring houses for you actually dip into it. The surrounding area has also houses a park and if you are able to walk afar, you can even walk all the way to Yangmingshan.

I ‘m not sure the exact location of those filming places of meteror garden. But Yangmingshan is the filming places of many local dramas of Taiwan. Tienmu area is a popular hangout place for many celebrities, including some Singapore and Hong Kong celebs.

Sharon asks…

Taiwan vs Japan, living, teaching, and the future?

So I am having trouble picking a place to start my English teaching career. The two places I have picked are Japan and Taiwan. I have always LOVED Japan, it’s culture, the language, and the products/business. I am writing this, however; from Taipei, Taiwan where I am on vacation for Christmas break. It has been a very interesting stay where I have made many new friends and learned a great deal about the culture here and history of Taiwan, China and even some about France/Japan.

My original plan was to continue self study of Japanese, while waiting to apply for JET in 2012 for the 2013 year. I have watched many youtube vlogs and it seems like most people who go over really enjoy it and make tons of new friends, (mostly other JETS) and just overall love the stay.

Since I have been in Taiwan I have started to really like it here. Granted I still like Japanese better than Chinese but the people are nice, the food is good, the women are typically very beautiful and I have found it easy to make friends (as long as you are introduced to them first). I was also told to check out HESS for after college and that I would be able to get a ESL job basically right away if I applied.

This is where I stand at the crossroads. I love everything about Japan, but am starting to really like Taiwan too. Japan looks shinier and has more big business but the people aren’t as friendly, (so I hear). Taiwan has acid rain which makes everything look old and a bit dingy but has amazing people, beautiful women and great culture overall. The things I don’t know about are:

What the women in Japan are like as I have only seen the ones on TV and not your everyday woman/girl.

There are no real recent vlogs if any at all about teaching in Taiwan except what HESS has up for testimonials, so no real information there.

Japan has many more websites for foreigners such as gaijinpot to help you get situated with living and job problems whereas I don’t really see anything like that for Taiwan.

My concern is: Over the last couple years Taiwan‘s economy has boosted and Japan’s has remained stagnant due to many factors including strong yen, the tsunami and the euro zone debt crisis. I have read many articles saying Japan will slowly fall below basically every other country as they no longer really offer anything unique or that China can’t make as well. So is Japan going to remain a world super power in 5-10 years while i’m in the midst of getting my career into a good spot or is it going to tank? (Partially rhetorical as I don’t expect anyone to actually know what is going to happen in the future >.>)

What I am basically looking for is YOUR experiences or a close friend/family member who had/has experiences teaching in both Japan and Taiwan and your/their future/current concerns and any recommendations pertaining to anything in this post.

Thanks

Yaz answers:

If you’re happy in Taiwan, why leave ? You’re talking about five / ten years…Many teachers get burned out after just one or two. And you haven’t even started yet.
Only you can decide what’s best for yourself. People like me will side with Japan. But I can’t say anything negative about Taiwan either. You can try teaching in Taiwan first. If things go well, stay there. If they don’t go well, try Japan.

Sandra asks…

Anybody In, From, or Have Been to Japan? Question?

OK, call me Otaku #1, but ever since I watched Azumanga Daioh, I have become interested in Iriomote Island in the Ryukyu Island chain. It is an up and coming vacation spot for Westerners, but is pretty hard to get to. I told a Japanese buddy that I wanted to go there and I asked him how long it would take to get there from Narita? He said, “Why would you want to fly out of Tokyo…Okinawa is way south…and Iriomote is even farther south. He said to fly to Taipei and then take the ferry to Iriomote. Is he correct??? I looked at the map and it looks right next door to Taiwan.
Lady Macbeth…no worries on the Yamamaya, Sakaki has finished Vet. School and is now the director of the Iriomote Reserve. LOL

Yaz answers:

I haven’t been there but i know all about it , much of the islands , the language, and i’m going there the next year

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Your Questions About Taipei Package

Paul asks…

How to get to Kingshi Hotel (Xi Men Mrt station) from Tao yuan Airport other than taxi?

It’s our first time to Taipei and we are not on the tour package… Would like to try it on our own. And do they have farecards for tourist for taking buses and mrt? Can it be refund?

Thank you and appreciate to all those who replied.

Yaz answers:

Kingshi Hotel (金帥飯店): 7th Floor, 142 Kunming Street, Taipei City, Taiwan (or, 7F, No.142 Kum-min St.Taipei, Taiwan http://www.kingshi-hotel.com.tw/en/main1.php)

From Taoyuan International Airport, take the Air Bus (NT$135) bound for Banciao City and get off at Taipei MRT Yongning Station (first stop; about 35 minutes); then take the MRT (NT$28) and get off Ximen Station (9th station, about 20 minutes); then get out of Exit 1, walk along Chengdu Road about 7 minutes to Kunming Street.
Http://web.trtc.com.tw/img/ALL/Route2200/086.jpg

Mandy asks…

Is it worth visiting Kaohsiung during my visit to Taiwan?

I’ll be going on a package tour to taiwan for about 7days. The package includes Kaohsiung, and of course those attractions.
I would also like to extend my stay in Taipei but is it worth extending my stay in Kaohsiung for some shopping?
In fact what i wanted was to extend my stay in Taiwan to 2 weeks. So the last week i’ll be staying in Taipei. I was just wondering will a week in Taipei be very boring?!

Yaz answers:

This you have to see it’s Kaohsiung City or County. If city, it’s not worth as things in Kaohsiung City is almost the same as Taipei, only for some foods that may be different. In county, there are some foods item you can buy, like 龍眼花蜜 (Logan Honey), 芭樂 (palm fruit), 烏魚子 (squid’s egg) etc. You can buy some craft item, mostly on 葫蘆藝術品 (bottle gourd like craft) or 陶藝 (Kiln craft). Take the coach from Kaohsiung city near the train station (new) at Jiuru road 2.

(Additional)
It will not be boring if you stay in Taipei for 1 week, but really depends on what you like and what you interested on. There are so many places in Taipei that worth the visit and if you want more information, you can visit the website I provided below.

Linda asks…

Please review my 9days Taipei itinerary?

23OCT10
1140hrs – Touch down at airport.
1240hrs – set off to hotel.
1400hrs – arrive at hotel
1500hrs – Taipei underground market
1800hrs – Taipei 101 (view night scenenary)
1900hrs – Explore Ximending

24Oct
0800hrs – Breakfast at hotel
0930hrs – travel to beitou (MRT) (Must arrive at Beitou as bus comes at 0950hrs, next bus 1050hrs!)
1030hrs – Go for 1hr hot spring
1200hrs – Walk around Yang Ming Shan
1500hrs – Take MRT to Xin Bei Tou (Hell Valley)
1800hrs – DanShui (Take MRT)
1900hrs – Fisherman Wharf (Take ferry from danshui bark)
2100hrs – Shilin night market (Take MRT to Jiantan)
2300hrs – Take MRT back to Ximending

25 Oct
0500hrs – Breakfast.
0615hrs – Take train @ 0630hrs to Tai Chung
0732hrs – Arrive at Tai Chung
0900hrs – Sun Moon Lake (Take train to Tai Chung transit by bus to Nantou bus)
+ Formosa Aboriginal Culture village + CingJing Farm

**last train to tp 12am**
Taipei to Taichung – Express train 1hr32mins / **engage 1 day tour package**

26 Oct
0800hrs – Breakfast at hotel
0900hrs – Long Shan Shi + Long Shan Park
1100hrs – National Palace Museuem (MRT to Shilin by bus/cab)
1200hrs – Arrive at NPM + Chih-Shan Garden (Entry 160 + 20 per pax)
1500hrs – Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall
1800hrs – Guang Hua Electronics Market (Zhong Xiao Fu Sheng)
2000hrs – Shi Da Night Market (Guting MRT)
2300hrs – train back to Ximending

27Oct (1 day tour – Yeiliu -> Jiu Fen -> Miao Kou)
0800hrs – Breakfast at hotel
0900hrs – TMS take train to Kee Lung / bus (booth 19 run by Kuokang bus station / 1hr journey)
1000hrs – Arrive at Yehliu Geological Park
1300hrs – Yehliu Ocean World (NT350 / per pax)
1600hrs – Jiu Fen (jin Shan)
2000hrs – Take a bus to Miao Kou
2300hrs – Take a train back to TP

28Oct
0500hrs – Breakfast
0600hrs – Train Hualien 2-3hrs journey
0900hrs – Arrange 1day taxi tour around Toroko Gorge (8-10hrs)
2000hrs – Travel back to TP

29Oct
0800hrs – breakfast
0900hrs – Take train to keelung transit to shi fen
1000hrs – Shi fen waterfall

30Oct
OTOT

31Oct
OTOT
Travel back to SG.

Where can i visit after shifen? Any recommendation?
How’s my itinerary? Comments are welcome, do correct me if im wrong / if there is any better options.
Thanks in advance, i need advices as its my first trip to taiwan. =)

Yaz answers:

That is a lot of ground to cover in a relatively short time. I think it is do-able, but you probably will be exhausted every night… And it doesn’t leave a lot of leeway for stopping to drink some coffee or tea and actually enjoy things a bit. But I think you are on the right track as far as it goes. Don’t forget to actually enjoy yourself. Its not just about standing at one place and taking a photograph and saying ‘I was THERE.’

You also might be better served to spend a night in SunMoon instead of chasing trains and schedules. Or plan to come back to Taiwan another time, and do half of what you planned this time and take some time to chill out a bit at each location.

You might be better served to stay in Hualien for a night or two as opposed to going back to Taipei every night by train. Unless you really love sitting on trains the whole time. But your schedule seems well thought, you are seeing many of the best locations to see, if you enjoy chasing trains and bus schedules and following the transit schedule rather than your own.

John asks…

Do you know a good travel agency in Tao Yuan or Taipei?

– good reputation, value for money
– specialises in organizing packaged tour to Europe
– Thank you ^_^

Yaz answers:

Check and see if you have a place called Perfect Tours in Taipei. We have one in Taichung and I used it for my honeymoon in Europe. They were great. Everything went very smoothly and the guides were well organized. If I can find my book, I’ll add contact numbers for you.

Laura asks…

Backpacking alone 1st time to Taipei. Any Tips?

I’ve just resigned from my job. Nobody’s as free (and jobless, ha!) as me to go on a trip, so I decided to travel alone. I’m on a super budget 10-days trip. I’m most concerned about finding cheap motel or backpackers inn there. Can anyone advise? What’s their rates like? Is it hard to find budget accomodation there (I’m talking about those per night or per hour basis, not those 3 days 2 nights hotel package)?

Suppose I eat super budget street-side food and take only mainly public transport and minimal cab, how much do you think I should bring over for a 10-days trip?

Yaz answers:

Well get a water purifier and dont hurt your self thts all i got

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Your Questions About Cheap Holidays To Hong Kong

Paul asks…

Need advice on buying a camera? Should I buy in Melbourne or Hong Kong?

I want to buy a digital camera, preferably cheapish. Probably want to spend $50 – $150. I want decent megapixels and zoom (min 8mp). I’m going on holiday in Hong Kong soon, and want to know whether to buy a camera in Melbourne or just wait till I get there? Will it be cheaper in Hong Kong?

Yaz answers:

It would be cheaper in Hong Kong, but… Buying it abroad will possibly mean you’ll need to get a power adapter, and of course unless it comes with a world wide warranty (only top end cameras tend to) then if it goes wrong you won’t be able to chase the supplier for a repair/replacement.

James asks…

Want to go on a cheap shopping holiday for clothes… Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore?

Yaz answers:

Go to Bangkok if you don’t mind bargaining. If you’re just planing on going to department stores, go to Hong Kong. They were wearing long tees and latched belts a few years before it became fashionable in the US.

Robert asks…

Where can I get nintendo ds lite in hong kong? Also, where to get cheap anime merchandise?

I’ve been searching for the cheapest nintendo ds lites in hong kong but the problem is that most of them are sold out. I’m here on a holiday and have only 3 days left to get a ds lite. Help! Please tell me the area, address, MTR station and specific stuff if you have a good recommendation.
Where can I also get cheap anime merchandise that aren’t bootleg? I tried going to sino centre but I dont see much…

Yaz answers:

The only way to find items such as this would be on eBay.

They currently sell for around £100 ($190USD)

There is about 400 selling at the moment, you’ll be able to buy one straight away and have it delivered to you in days.

Nancy asks…

Hong Kong Holiday (Costs and Things to do)?

I’ve noticed some cheap flights to Hong Kong from Heathrow for May this year.

£300 Return

http://book.qantas.com.au

I was wondering how expensive it would be to holiday there for about 10 days?

Id be going with my girldfriend and was also wondering what sort of things there would be to do?
Wheres bets to stay in Hong Kong? also any suggestions on a cheapish hotel below £60 a night

Yaz answers:

Hi
i went to hong kong in 07 and when i went it was cheap

some good things to do are go up victoria peak at night and get your photo done there are really good views up there you can also go to ocean park cheap to get in and theres a few rides and you can also see the pandas, go to stanley bay got a market on there and theres a beach but if you want to Escape for the day go to lantou on the ferry and go up the big buddha biggest in the world

as far as hotels go i stayed in the IBIS North Point java road its cheap clean Good food got all the amenities in the room and good views over the harbour this is were i stayed in 07 and will be staying in march of this year

hope ive helped have a good time

Sandra asks…

Is it cheaper to buy a digital slr in Hong Kong?

I’m thinking about buying a digital slr later this year but am going on holiday to Hong Kong in 2007. Would it be better to wait until then? Is it likely to be much cheaper? What about service / warranty – even if I were to buy one from a named brand, like Canon?

Any advice on price and / or model would be fantastic. I’m thinking Canon, cause I already have two EF lenses from my existing lovable but non-digital slr. Thanks!

Yaz answers:

It depends on where you live…. Go to a reputable store and barter with them, you may be able to find it cheaper on some back street or market – but you have to be weary that its not a fake or had the inner components changed.

You can always check online for a general price guide before you go so your not ripped off, just google search the camera model with hong kong.

I brought a Nikon last year in Kuala Lumpur, I haggled the price by 30% less than what I would have paid back home in the UK. The dealer also stamped the warranty card and told me it was worldwide warranty, which I registered on line back-home.

Canon have the new 400D out which is a good mid range SLR, they have also dropped the price on the 350D. It is a matter of personal opinion but I prefer Nikon, either way go to www.dpreview.com to see the reviews on all the digital cameras out there, retail costs and a comparison guide as well.

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Your Questions About Hong Kong City Tour

Ken asks…

Hong Kong bus tour about 4-6 hours long, like to see an overview of the city. Is there a chap hotel located?

in the middle of the action? hopefull a clean and cheap hotel that is central to most of the toursist type area.

Yaz answers:

I would advice against those tours, they are a waste of time.

6 hours on a bus is enough to get you around the whole of hong kong 3 times. Get a hotel either at causwaybay, tsim tsa tsui or mong kok. From any of those locations, the rest of hong kong is about 30 minutes away.

Our public transport system is one of the most efficient in the world, you can take a train or bus to almost any point. Also, it is one of the most tourist friendly. Just get yourself a map figure out which tourist locations you want to hit and plan your route.

Check out the hong kong tourism association website, just do a search because i forgot the link to the site…

John asks…

Need Details about Transit tour in Hong Kong?

Hi Pals,

I have more than 10 hours to get my connecting flight in Hong kong on Jan 19th Monday. I would like to know about the Transit tour (5 hours tour to some important sight seeing in HKG including star ferry ride). Can someone provide some usefull information about this transit tour? If So I can move further to book my tour through online….

***** Is Hong kong a safe city for other country people? I am an Indian.*********

Thanks in Advance.

Yaz answers:

As you said you have only 10 hours window for your connecting flight. If you wish to tour the city make sure you consider the travel distance between the airport and say Hong Kong island which is about 1 hour. Also the 2 hours before rule for document processing and security check prior to the time the plane leaves which gives you about 6 hours free time. Roughly you have about say 4-5 hours worth of effective time excluding rides and walks you have to make within the city.

This is pretty short, and you have just enough time to visit 1-2 locations. If you plan to shop go to Causeway Bay. For site seeing, go to Wan Chai and cross the harbor to Kowloon from there you would see the scenery of Hong Kong City Scape. If you plan to go to Disneyland it is much nearer to the airport since it is located on the same island you will have more time to spend there.

You can stay in Hong Kong for 14 days without visa, so since you will be spending few hours there won’t be a problem. Hong Kong if very safe no problem, just stay away from buying electronics and camera in stores that are not certified by Hong Kong Tourism Board, you will know if the store is certified because there will be stickers on the storefront. Don’t forget to get a free map and guides near the luggage carousel area, they are very helpful especially for first time travelers.

Mary asks…

how much does hiring a tour guide for a day cost in hong kong?

we are going to hongkong for christmas vacation for 7 days, i think we just need a day of city tour or some kind of orientation.

Yaz answers:

You can purchase a commercial bus tour with guide but as the public transport system is so good and so cheap organise your trips from a map. Purchase an Octopus Card which can be used on all buses, trains and ferries. Go to tour Hong Kong Island and the peak, Walk the streets of Kowloon. Go out to Shatin and get the bus to Sai kung and have a ferry ride.. Ferry to Lantau. Sun Day morning Yum Cha at the Guildhall restuarant. Cable car ride. Disney land.Get a China visa and the train to go over the border

Donna asks…

how to plan a 1 week tour to hong kong??

hy guys….m goin to on a week’s trip to honk kong in july with my mom dad and younger sister….. can any1 here help me plan the tour?? the must see places in my list are night market,ladies market and the peak……. what can i possibly add to this and when shal i go where?? i hv already booked one day for half day city tour and one day for disneyland. i’ll b reaching thr on 7th july morning and leavin on 14th evening.

Yaz answers:

Nite market + ladies market can be in 1 day as they r close to @ other. Nite market is located in Yaumatei / n ladies market in Mongkok. So if u r taking the tube, it’s just 1 station away n cost @ of u aro US$0.50 for a tube’s tix. If u hv 4 pax, u can even grab a taxi cos taxi is cheap in HK 2. Fr Mongkok –> Yaumatei wil be just abt US$3 on taxi. Here’s the website of both markets n temple street opened after 6pm so daytime u can be in the ladies street 1st. But beware of pickpockets there ok? Always w/ ur backpac in front of u.
Http://www.temple.street.hk/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ladies’_Street

n 1 day…..u can go to Tung Chung area which the tube can take u to again. Just headed to the Tung Chung Station n u wil find the ONLY outlets mall in HK. It’s nearby the HK airport actually. So quite far away. But takinga tube……no worry! Convenience & clean! The mall including all sort of brands & in big discount year-round. Http://www.citygateoutlets.com.hk/index.html

on the same day u going to the outlets, u can also visit our giant buddha cos they r in the same location almost. U can easily access there via a cable car fr the Citygate Outlets Mall.
Http://www.discoverhongkong.com/eng/attraction/at_most_buda.jhtml

n i afternoon u may go to the Stanley Market. A must-see place also 4 the tourists. A lot seaview restaurant in many price range + a shopping aisle 4 the shoppers. U can take a v comfy bus specially 4 the Stanley Market fr the Central Bus Terminal. On the way, enjoy the beautiful scene of our beaches. Worth to go there 4 sure. Enjoy the bus’s trip also hv the scene.
Http://www.hk-stanley-market.com/

James asks…

Shanghai or Hong Kong – which city is better to visit for a tourist?

I spent 11 days in Beijing last year, so I guess from a tourist perspective I have done Beijing fairly throughly, I would like to visit another city/area of China, and am stuck between Shanghai and Hong Kong.

Obviously, I guess touring is another option, but I’ve never been a fan of flying around loads of different places in a short amount of time, I prefer to spend a decent amount of time in one place.

However, having said that, I was starting to get a bit bored of Beijing towards the end of the 11 days. It’s a nice city to visit, but after you’ve done the main attractions and got over the initial culture shock, I didn’t find it a terrribly exciting city. IMO, it’s a bit bland.

So, the question basically is, out of HK and Shanghai, which city/area do you feel you could most easily spend 7 to 10 days in without getting bored?

Thanks

Yaz answers:

Hongkong is an exciting city while 7-10 days is a little bit long and you will get bored at the last days. A 5 days Hong kong tour is enough for you to view the best of the city.

I recommend Shanghai and nearby water towns Suzhou or Hangzhou, and the spectacular mountain Huangshan, which you can go there from Shanghai by overnight train.

What to see in Shanghai, http://www.easytourchina.com/shanghai/index.htm
Varied Shanghai Travel Ideas, http://www.chinafacttours.com/tours/shanghai/

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Your Questions About Taiwan Vacation

Chris asks…

Attractions for my summer vacation in Taiwan?

I will go to Taiwan for my summer vacation. Is there any recommended attractions and hotels?

Yaz answers:

Assuming you have two weeks, a good budget, and no particular goal beyond just seeing the island, then one suggested approach would be to focus on three general areas: 1) urban society and culture; 2) the ocean, and 3) the mountains.

To cover these areas, I’d recommend Taipei, Hualian, Tainan, and Kaohsiung. The best hotels in Taipei are Westin, Sherwood, Formosa Regent, and Far East Plaza. Mid-range places include Howard Plaza, Lai-Lai Sheraton, and Asiaworld (forgot what it’s called now). Or If you’re limited on budget, there are a couple of nice hotels in the suburbs (newly opened Holiday Inn in Shenkeng and Four Points in Chungho), but I’d recommend staying in the city. Howard Plaza has a couple of smaller places in its chain, one called Green Garden. The Fullerton isn’t bad, as well as Hondo, Donghua, and a few other smaller places. All very affordable and near places to eat and drink.

Lots of attractions in Taipei, and ease of getting around depends on language capabilities. Lots of friendly people with some English capability, but, assuming you don’t speak Chinese, it’s much easier to get around if you have a guide. But good places to see include the malls and shopping areas (especially Warner Village in the Hsinyi district), 101 Building, Yangmingshan (Yangming Mountain), and maybe a day trip to Jiufen, a small rustic mountain town near Jilong. If you’re American, maybe go see a movie in Taipei – you’ll be amazed by the cleanliness and order of the theaters there. I’m not a big night market guy, but the Shihlin night market can be interesting. The Palace Museum is another attraction.

For night life, depends on what you like, but Anho Road has quite a few places not far from the Far East Hotel, as does the Dunhua/Fuhsing North Road areas.

To get a feel for the power of Taiwan’s economy, a visit to the Hsinchu Science, or perhaps the Southern Park in Tainan, with the massive semiconductor fabrication facilities, can be awesome.

Hualian is on the other side of the mountains, on Taiwan’s east coast. Some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. It’s where you can go from some of the highest mountains in the region down to the ocean in the span of an hour. It’s worth at least one full day to go to Toroko Gorge, and then maybe to the beach right near the Air Force base there. There’s a couple of good pubs in the middle of the city. Parkview Hotel is the only place I’ve stayed at, and it’s nice.

From Taipei, and maybe after a one night/one day trip to Hualian, taking the high speed rail south could be a great experience. On the rail, Tainan is the place to go to see traditional Taiwan. The Landis Hotel is nice. For history, check out the Anping fort, where the Dutch established their base in the 17th century and Koxinga established his center. Taiwan’s best temples are in Tainan as well.

Finally, Kaohsiung is good to check out to provide a contrast with Taipei. The hotel in the Tuntex Tower (part of the Formosa Regent chain and tallest building in Kaohsiung) is pretty cool, and there’s a good restaurant/bar with live band in the top floor. Beyond that, can tour the harbor and walk around the streets for a awhile. The beach in Kenting is about a two hour bus ride from Kaohsiung, and could be worth your time. The crowds roll in during the summer, which I suppose is to be expected. In general, if a beach vacation is what you’re looking for, there could be better places in the region, whether Philippines or Thailand. But Kenting could still be worth a look, especially the town at night.

Good luck!

Linda asks…

when is the summer vacation in taiwan?

im thinking of going to taiwan with my friends during early sept, and we are probably going for homestay. we are thinking when is the summer vacation as some homestay are only available during vacation.

Yaz answers:

Summer vacation is usually from July 1 to August 31

Charles asks…

Is there enough to see in Taiwan for a vacation for 1 week?

I am thinking of going to Taiwan for 1 week in the winter. Is there enough to do there for 1 day?

Yaz answers:

The real questions is “Is there enough time in a week to see ANYTHING at all in Taiwan?” Taiwan is full of wonderful sights.
National Palace Museum
Alishan
Taroko Gorge
Sun Moon Lake
Yangmingshan
Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall
Taipei Zoo
Hualien
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
Taiwan’s World Famous Night Club Scene (Lava, Luxy, Baby 18, Roxy 99, WAX, Seduce) youtube “Taiwan” and the names of those clubs
Shilin Night Market
Danshui – Old Street, Bali, Yuranmatou, Fisherman’s Wharf
Maokong Gondola
Jiufen (Can’t miss this one!)
Tainan (the old capital with many unique foods)
Taiwan’s HSR system is worth it to try
Kaohsiung’s many tourist locales, such as the Love River (I forgot what Kaohsiung’s night market is called but it’s packed)
The hot springs in Beitou

Taiwan is famous in Asia for its cuisine, which is unique. However, you may notice some familiar foods if you’ve ever been to Mainland China.

You won’t have enough time to EVER see all of Taiwan. It’s a small island but it’s loaded with culture and touristy spots. I’ve been here one year.

Do a search on everything I listed and see what suits your fancy. Take care!

Thomas asks…

How much would a week vacation cost in Taiwan?

i want to travel to Taiwan for a week with my husband, how much would a week in Taiwan cost roughly?

Yaz answers:

A couple thousand US should enable you to do it in high style. Bring more though, because:

A) We need the money.
B) After a week here, you’ll probably want to stay longer. :^)

Enjoy your stay!

William asks…

What are the required documents for a TAIWAN vacation?

i am in the Philippines right now with a Philippine passport

Yaz answers:

You must apply for Visa to enter Taiwan under Philippines passport. Confirmed air ticket for return and/or onwards journey is also required.

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Your Questions About Flights To Taiwan From Toronto

Susan asks…

HELP………….PLZZZZZZZZZZZ?

i need to book a flight for my father to go to Taiwan from Toronto. I need a few online websites where i can book flights at the lowest price possible………….THANX

Yaz answers:

Look at expedia and the names of the airports

Donna asks…

a Filipino living currently in Taiwan, does she need a visa if the airplane stops in Tokyo? or Seoul?

I am getting a Filipino nanny. She has been living in Taiwan for the past 3 years. We are living in Toronto Canada, and are getting her flight from Taipei to Toronto. Some airlines have stops in Tokyo, or alternatively in Seoul. I would like to book where she would not require a Visa for the stop. So would either Taiwan or South Korea require for her to have a Visa?

Yaz answers:

No she doesn’t require a transit visa. As long as she stays in the transit or transfer areas to her connecting flight, no visa is required in either Taiwan or S. Korea.

John asks…

Question about Canada Transit Visa?

I am planning to travel to Mexico via Canada. I hold an Taiwan passport with a valid tourist visa of Mexico. Tawan Passport holder are required to have Visa to enter/transit Canada. I will be flying from Taiwan and changing a flight in Toronto enroute to Cancun,Mexico. The transit time is about 18 hrs. I will apply a Canadian transit Visa. But my questions is: Can I go out of the Toronro airport and visit Toronto downtown during the transit period with my Canadian transit Visa? (I don’t have Canadian visa of any other kind,except transit visa.) I can’t call the Canada immigration #1-888-242-2100 to ask because it is in-Canada-only phone number. Thanks for any help.

Yaz answers:

Yes, you can leave the airport even on a transit visa. The transit visa permits you to stay in Canada for a maximum of 48 hours for the purpose of transiting flights. Should you have any additional questions, you should contact the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei, which handles visa issues for residents of Taiwan. Their website is here: http://canada.org.tw/english/visas_information.php

Mark asks…

For long distance relationship couple, I would be appreciated if girls could answer my question :)?

What would you write to your love who lives far away from you (23 hours flight)?
Like reasons why you love him/her???
love poetry? love song lyric?
I am having a long distance relationship with this guy in Toronto, canada, I am in Taiwan, because of our different background, my family is not accepting him to be my future husband, and he is trying so hard to look for more chances being with me ! I would like to know how to courage my love
I had almost 2 pages of stationary paper finished. still want to write another page, how I miss him, how he shuold be strong in the relationship?
^^
thanks so much :)

Yaz answers:

Send him some nice pictures. He would love that. Do you ever e-mail each other? That would be very convenient.

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Your Questions About Taipei Vacation

Linda asks…

Family vacation in Taipei?

It looks like my family and I will be heading to Taipei for Chinese New Year. We will be attending a conference from Feb 2 – Feb 7 so everything for that time period is taken care of. However, we are considering going a week earlier for a family vacation.

I’ve never been to Taipei and to be frank, have never really desired to go. I’ve nothing against it . . . there are just so many other places I’d rather go.

I’m starting research now on the city, but would appreciate any comments from folks here.

My kids are 9 and 10 years old. They are completely bilingual (Mandarin and English) while we old-fogey parents are reasonably fluent in Mandarin. Communication won’t be a problem.
I should add . . . since we live in China, we aren’t that interested in going to temples, etc. We are immersed in Chinese culture on a daily basis so such things are quite familiar to us. I also don’t think the kids could handle the National Palace Museum. Any good amusement parks?

Yaz answers:

I never spent time in Taipei during the Lunar New Year holidays. I could imagine the Taipei City be empty of students and many workers during that week, and the city be not as vibrant as usual.
Many stores and shops will be closed for the holidays, even the stock trading will be closed.

I second the suggestion 士林夜市. Go hungry, there’s plenty to eat. Oh it’s a nightmarket like its name, so don’t go during the day. It’s usually very packed on weekends. I don’t know if it will be the same during the New Years. Maybe go to Danshui 淡水 for the sunset view before going to the night market, it’s on the same metrorail line. Danshui is famous for fishball soup?

Another one to check is 華西街夜市. It’s close to the Longshan Temple.

Try Taipei 101? And get on the world’s fastest elevator ride to the world’s second tallest skyscraper. There’s shopping and dining inside 101 too. There is a free transfer bus ride to the metrorail station.

Guang Hua Digital Plaza.

Of course there are also several shopping district/malls across Taipei. There’s one that looks like a giant globe from the outside. I forgot its name. The mall is basically a huge sphere and standing from one side of the mall looking at the other end is a spectacular view. The architecture amazes me. I am easily amused btw.

Hop on the high speed train and head down south. Tainan 台南 or Kaoshiong 高雄 can be fun day trips too.

Taroko National Park

maybe check out some aborigines cultures if you have had enough of Han culture.

九份 is a little further outside of Taipei, in Keelung. You can get a nice view of the Pacific Ocean from there, besides the usual sightseeing stuff.
白沙灣 is nice for the beach. It’s gonna be cold during that time of the year though.

James asks…

Visa Requirement for transiting in Taipei?

My husband, my daughter and I are planning on a vacation that the itinerary requires us to stay overnight in Taipei. Both my husband and daughter are American citizen, not me. Am I (and/or my husband and daughter) required to have a transit visa if we stay in outside airport’s hotel?

Yaz answers:

Read these links

http://www.worldtravelguide.net/country/273/passport_visa/Far-East-Asia/Taiwan.html

http://www.wordtravels.com/Travelguide/Countries/Taiwan/Visa

Lizzie asks…

How do I apply japan visa(we’re going for just 8days) using my Philippine passport here in Taipei? thanks c”,?

My husband and I are planning to have a short vacation only.

Yaz answers:

They don’t have Japanese Embassy in Taiwan so Japanese visa will be issued here.

Http://www.taiwanembassy.org/JP/ct.asp?xItem=77594&CtNode=3139&mp=202&xp1=
http://www.taiwanembassy.org/JP/lp.asp?CtNode=10564&CtUnit=1020&BaseDSD=7&mp=202

You can ask about it using this;
http://www.taiwanembassy.org/JP/form.asp?ctUnit=113&spec=contactus&mp=202
name, email address, title, letter.

I think it is difficult to get it.

Robert asks…

what to do around taipei airport?

I’m going home from a vacation in Thailand to the states.On my connecting flight taipei to LAX there’s a 10 hour delay.I’m kinda excited,since i never stepped out and explored Taipei other than the airport.

What can i see,do,eat around there ? if you guys have addresses and such that would be great.Do you know how much the taxi fare is ? And any other info would be great ! Thanks :)

Yaz answers:

It doesn’t seem like there is anything around the airport, since its mostly residential area and kind of the suburbs, so you should go into Taipei. If this 10 hr delay holds, you have about a couple of hours max to spend in Taipei. The trip to taipei from the airport will take about an hour or a little more and its about the same going back to the airport. This time is under normal traffic conditions and it doesnt take into account waiting times, traffic and delays. Also, you need time to do the airport stuff like going through security and stuff, so make sure you reserve enough time for these things too.

I think the Taipei 101 area would be a good place to visit. There are places to eat there, you can go up to the observatory deck, if it is still open (costs money though…i think) and airport transportation is still near by. You can take the taxi there or take the Toward You Air Bus Eastern Line to the Grand Hyatt Hotel and just walk to 101. When you go back to the airport, just go back to the same stop. This cost about $145 NT each way and it runs every 20 to 30 minutes. I wouldnt recommend visiting other places, since you technically dont have that much time and you need enough time to make it back for the connecting flight. If you want to stay closer to the airport, there is a hotel near by (Novotel) that you can go to. It is basically a couple minutes away and there is a hotel shuttle that services the terminals. The hotel has some restaurants and places to sit (with wifi)

Personally, i’d think it would best to just stay in the airport. You are in a delay, not a layover, so the times could change. If you happen to be in taipei when the delay is cut short, you could end up missing your connection and things could go south. If you just stay at the airport, you could be on top of the time and react quickly to any changes that may arise. Besides, the airport has places to eat and shops too.

Carol asks…

Which city should I visit? Beijing, Singapore, or Taipei?

I am planning a short vacation to Asia and I have narrowed my choices down to only these three cities. Here are my choices:

Beijing
Taipei
Singapore

Which one of these three cities do you recommend for me? Keep in mind I am only concentrating on these three cities. I have been everywhere else and the places I haven’t been to, I am not intrested in. So, please, choose only one of the three cities.

Yaz answers:

It depends on what you like…if you like shopping and nightlife in a clean, modern, metropolitan city than Singapore might be good for you. English is readily spoken and you will find many of the conveniences of home.

If you are interested in history (Great Wall, Forbidden City) and a relatively “unfiltered” view of Chinese culture and history than Beijing is tough to beat.

Overall I think Singapore is better if you are interested in a slightly more relaxing and conventional experience. Beijing would be better if you are more adventurous.

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