Your Questions About Flights To Taiwan From Hong Kong

William asks…

i is it possible to check in for 2 flights at the same time if they are both with the same alliance?

by this i mean to give an example if i was traveling with qantas from hong kong on one ticket but i was in taiwan on that day on a ticket which i bought separately when checking in for the flight to hong kong to connect to my flight with sydney could i check in for both the flight to hong kong and the flight to sydney at the same time or would i need to check in for both flights separately

also how easy is it to rebook for a flight with the same alliance if one of the flights is delayed,

to give an example if when checking in for my flight i found that it was canceled and it meant i would miss my connection could i ring up the airline operating my connecting flight explain the situation and they would quickly and easily rebook my ticket and put me on the next plane

Yaz answers:

My understanding is that you bought one ticket from Hong Kong to Taiwan on Qantas and another ticket from Taiwan to Sydney on another carrier within the same alliance.

You’d need to check in separately for each flight. You can only check in for both flights in one transaction if it is booked as a connection. As for the scenario you gave, you’d have to pay a change fee + fare difference in order to get rebooked ahead of time. It doesn’t matter that they’re in the same alliance. You may get some consideration or waiver of fees if you hold mid- or top-tier elite status within the alliance, but you’d still be on the hook for a fare difference. This is the risk with booking separate tickets as “connections” rather than booking a single ticket as a true connection.

Joseph asks…

When is it safe to fly (16 hrs long) with a new born baby? How old should the baby be?

The flight is from Taiwan to South Africa. We have one stopover in Hong Kong.
I try to find it on Cathay Pacific’s website, but I can’t find it. Do you know any websites where they have the infant policy on that? Thanks.

Yaz answers:

Well airlines won’t accept a baby younger than 7 days old and since your child needs a passport too it definitely takes more than that to get one. I had an 16 hour trip with my daughter who was 6 months old at the time and it was great. Tiring for me but Ok for her. Of course i had decided to take the red eye to South Africa so that people would sleep and not disturb and it was all good. I did Paris England, stopped for 4 hours before doing England Johannesburg. Remember the smaller the baby the better the trip cause they don’t need to be entertained much. They only eat and sleep. Good luck.

Sandra asks…

Did Collins software integration effort resemble Aeroflot Flight 593 ?

Aeroflot Flight 593, a “Russian Airlines”[1] Airbus A310-304 passenger airliner, registration F-OGQS, operating on behalf of Aeroflot, crashed into a hillside in Siberia on 23 March 1994. All 75 passengers and crew were killed.

Voice and flight data recorders revealed that the pilot’s 15-year-old son Eldar Kudrinsky, while seated at the controls, had unknowingly disabled the A310’s autopilot’s control of the ailerons, which put the aircraft into a steep bank, and then an uncontrolled dive. The pilots were not aware of the partial disconnection of the autopilot, which occurred with no audible alarm, and did not regain control of the aircraft.

The jet was en route from Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO) to Hong Kong‘s former Hong Kong International Airport (Kai Tak Airport). Most of the passengers were businessmen from Hong Kong and Taiwan who were looking for economic opportunities in Russia.

The relief pilot, Yaroslav Kudrinsky (Ярослав Кудринский), was taking his two children on their first international flight and they were brought to the cockpit while he was on duty. Aeroflot allowed families of pilots to travel at a discounted rate once per year. With the autopilot active, Kudrinsky, against regulations, offered to let them sit at the controls. First his daughter Yana took the pilot’s left front seat. Kudrinsky adjusted the autopilot’s heading to give her the impression that she was turning the plane, though she actually had no control of the aircraft. Next, his son Eldar Kudrinsky (Эльдар Кудринский) took the pilot’s seat. Unlike his sister, Eldar applied enough force to the control column to contradict the autopilot for 30 seconds.

What nobody knew was that by doing this, he completely disconnected the aileron’s autopilot: the flight computer switched the plane’s ailerons to manual control while maintaining control over the other flight systems. The plane did not audibly signal a warning that this had occurred, although an indicator light did come on. It apparently went unnoticed by the pilots, who had previously flown planes with an audible warning signal. The first to notice a problem was Eldar, who observed that the plane was banking right. Shortly after, the flight path indicator changed to show the new flight path of the aircraft as it turned. Since the turn was continuous, the resulting predicted flight path drawn on screen was a 180 degree turn. This indication is similar to the indications shown when in a holding pattern, where a 180 degree turn is intentional to remain in one place. This confused the pilots for nine seconds.

Soon the plane banked past a 45-degree angle (steeper than it was designed for). This increased the g-force on the pilots and crew, making their bodies feel much heavier than usual, and making it impossible for the Captain to replace his son at the controls. After banking as much as 90 degrees, the remaining functions of the autopilot tried to correct the plane’s altitude by putting the plane in an almost vertical ascent, nearly stalling the plane. The co-pilot and Eldar managed to get the plane into a nosedive, which reduced the G-force on the pilots and enabled the Captain to take the controls. Though he and his co-pilot did regain control, their altitude by then was too low to recover, and the plane crashed at high speed, killing all aboard.
Families of western victims placed flowers on the crash site, while families of ethnic Chinese victims scattered pieces of paper with messages written on them around the crash site.

Yaz answers:

You could make a similar argument about it, I remember seeing that on aircrash investigations on television although I don’t believe children were involved in the collins project debarcle :)

John asks…

CUBE entertainment audition?

Hello. I’m chinese and is 14 this year. I can speak English , Chinese and Korean. I am going to audition by email audition because my parents don’t allow me to audition. I want to ask if

1. If you pass the first round of audition, you’ll need to fly to Korea and audition right? But do they pay for flight? And If you reach there, are there any staff from CUBE fetching you?

2. from this article,

http://www.allkpop.com/2011/04/part-%E2%91%A1-tour-cube-what-does-it-take-to-become-a-cube-entertainment-star

they said that “We currently have a total of 23 trainees. Three are from China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. In order to keep up with their school studies, foreign trainees will use their break to come to Korea and train”.

Can I not use my break to go to Korea and train? Because because it will lower my chance to debut. And can’t they go to KENT International School?

3. Please give me some information about CUBE audition and their trainee life. Thank you for answering. :)

Yaz answers:

Hi! I wish you luck on your audition(: I want to audition for CUBE, YG, or SM(:

1) Yes, yes, and i am not too sure on the last question. I think its a yes because you’ve never been to Korea and they don’t want you to get lost.
2) Yes you will use your break to go to Korea. KENT is for people who want to study the things KENT has to offer, and KENT is part of SM, and SM is not part or related to CUBE so no they can’t go to KENT.
3) Well the allkpop articles have a lot of things about CUBE and their trainee lives. And thats where i got most of my CUBE information.
The teachers will teach you Korean.
Sundays is your day off.

Hope it helps(:

Paul asks…

What should I pack in my carry-on?

My flight is from TPE taipei, taiwan to Portland, Maine (not Oregon). There’s a stopover at Hong Kong and JFK. I’m going to be on Hong Kong Airlines and Delta Airlines. Each stopover would probably be like 2~4 hours. Please Help me!
<3 10 pts <3

Yaz answers:

MP3, PSP, PDA, you know, stuff to relax you!

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Your Questions About Cheap Holidays To Hong Kong

Ruth asks…

What are the current selling prices for Nintendo Wii, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 in Hong Kong? Where to buy?

Am going Hong Kong for a holiday, and have heard that it’s cheaper to buy the consoles there. Anyone has any idea what the current retail prices are and where will you recommend to buy?

Yaz answers:

Just stroll around Nathan Road in TST; all those neon-lit electronic shops are bound to carry video game systems. Alternatively, hop into Shenzhen across the border; there’s a big shopping mall right next to the train station full of stuff to buy; bound to be even cheaper than in HK.

Mark asks…

What to buy from Hong Kong?

I m planning to build a hardcore gaming PC. Suddenly had a plan to go to Hong Kong for some holidays. Can someone suggest me if I can find anything cheap there like graphic card, mother board, etc?? I can pick them from there…

Yaz answers:

You can try those shopping centers just for computer hard/soft wares in Mongkok and Sham Shui Po. You might find some great cheap stuff in Sham Shui Po at Golden Computer Plaza =) Hope that helps

Lisa asks…

Good and cheap places for shopping in Hong Kong?

Heyy I’m 13 and summer holidays here are coming up here soon. And I want buy some new clothes for the summer. I know I live in hong kong for like 7 years yet I don’t know where to buy clothes or go shopping that’s because I hate shopping and prefer people to buy my clothes for me instead of me buying them . I know MongKok is a good place to go to but it’s REALLY far from my place. I live near Aberdeen in South Horizons. I was hoping places more near like Causeway Bay, Wanchai, Central or anywhere in Hon Kong Island. I don’t want places in New Territories or Kowloon.

Thanksss . :)))

I appreciate it a lot.

Yaz answers:

Time Square or Sogo at Causeway Bay. IFC mall at Central

Susan asks…

best places for shopping in Hong Kong?? anyone??

im going for holiday to Hong Kong with families. Any best places to recommend for good quality yet cheap of clothes or shopping center in Hong Kong?

Yaz answers:

That depends on what particular item you are looking for:

Men’s Clothing – Temple Street Night Market in Yau Ma Tei

Women’s Clothing – Tung Choi Street in Mong Kok

Plus, there are many big shopping malls in Hong Kong you can shop at for clothes: there’s Times Square in Causeway Bay, Harbour City in Tsim Sha Tsui, CityGate Outlets in Tung Chung, etc.

Betty asks…

iPhone is it cheaper to buy one in Hong Kong or England?

I am travelling to Hong Kong in june for holiday, I was going to get an iPhone now but would it be cheaper to wait and get one in Hong Kong??

Yaz answers:

The cheapest place to get one is at www.bidbudgie.co.uk

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Your Questions About Hong Kong Travel Deals

Sandra asks…

what website can i get a good package deal flights/acommodation from hong kong to kualar lumper ?

staying in 3/4* type accomodation in KL
also whereabouts is the best place in KL to stay ie close to the majority of the touristy attractions

is it better to book online or via travel agent
thanks

Yaz answers:

AirAsia.com.my

Helen asks…

Travelling to Hong Kong 1-4 jan?

Hi there, I will be travelling to hong kong from 1st to 4th jan. Will the shops and sights that require ticket admission be open on 1st jan? What would the temperature be like? Can someone suggest an itinerary? What are the shopping deals and factory outlets? Thanks!
Is it cheaper to get fujifilm instax films there? How much does one pack cost?

Yaz answers:

Welcome to Hong Kong, the Pearl of the Orient! Its stunning Victoria Harbour and The Peak have just been rated as Asia’s No.1 skyline by a Japanese TV Station. You could go to the Peak in the morning then depart to Ocean Park, also in Hongkong side. The 2nd-4th day could go shopping, flea markets, the New Territories, Disney, Cable car and Buddha.

HK has rich culture and history that give a perfect blend of the west and the east. Walk up the world’s longest Escalator which begins from Central District and goes all the way up to the Mid-Levels. Along the Escalator you’ll come across the early English settlement near Aberdeen Street, you’ll also pass by Soho, South of Hollywood Rd, which is a very unique bar and restaurant street. Hollywood Rd is the famous antique street where genuine Chinese antiques and many old stuffs are sold.

From Causeway Bay – Central District – Tsimshatsui District – Mongkok District along the MTR (subway) route are where most of the fascinating shoppings, restaurants, vibrant night life and gorgeous harbour view lies.

If you like green, sea and nature, and are not in a rush in going to places visiting one of the outlying islands ie the Silvermine Bay of Lantau Island is quite relax and gives a completely different impression of Hong Kong than the one often see in pictures. Simply catch a ferry from the Central Pier right outside IFC Building. The ferry trip takes about 30 minutes, a very relaxed ride in the midst of a hustling bustling city.

Another beautiful scenic area is Sai Kung District, there’re beautiful mountains, sea and a Seafood Street where you can handpick life seafood, have the restaurant cook them any way you like and enjoy it in front of the clear blue sea. There’re many beautiful mountain trails in Hong Kong, a popular one that goes all the way down to Aberdeen from the Peak. It’ll take more than an hour to walk down. In Aberdeen, (you could also take a bus in Central, Causeway Bay or Wanchai Districts to get there), lies the Chinese boat restaurant “JUMBO” in the middle sea which is awesome.

HK is renowned as the world’s shopping and dining paradise. You can eat like a billionaires, in the same token there’re many affordable places with unbelievable prices. HK has the cheapest McDonald’s prices on earth. A Cantonese wonton noodle soup is only around US$2. A popular Chinese fast food chain all over the city, the De Coral Fast Food with combo meals under US$5.

Buying brand names and electronics are popular as the City boasts the only zero sales tax nor import tariffs in Asia, imported goods are at 20% – 100% cheaper than anywhere else in the world. Street vendors or flea markets is another interesting shopping paradise, they have all sorts of products selling at knockoff prices, eg the Ladies Street, the evening Temple Street vendors in Kowloon side, Stanley Market in HK side etc. There’re also many street vendors located in inner side streets of Central District, Wan Chai District, near Johnston Road and Causeway Bay District that sell genuine factory exports left-overs at around US$5 for a branded T-shirt. Most prices are fixed, you may be able to bargain a few $ though in small shops and street vendors.
Everywhere in the City is well connected by its efficient and timely public transportation system, the MTR, big and mini buses. Cost is from under US$1 – $2 per ride. It’s easiest to travel by MTR which runs pass all the central shopping and business districts, then either connect to a bus or walk to your destination. Separate fares are charged for each ride. Star Ferry that crosses the Victoria Harbour, and the Island Tram that runs from the East, Shaukeiwan District to the West, Kennedy Town of the HK Island are only US$0.3 per ride which is a must for tourists. If you like exploring on your own, simply follow the map, people on the streets always happy to offer directions. HK is one of the most foreigner-friendly cities on earth, plus lots of fun and excitement, visitors often find the place the most vibrant, exciting city that never sleeps, even when you get bored at 3 AM, you could go and have a drink in the bar or even have a delicious late snack. Convenience Stores are located in almost every corner of the main streets and are opened around the clock. The best of all, HK is extremely easy to get around being supported by affordable and efficient public transportation. HK people are very responsive and efficient in work attitudes that make shopping, dining or doing business a very wonderful experience. You’ll also notice that the people will automatically stand by the side when walking up and down the stairs and escalators, not blocking those behind, which many Asian places are now following suit. Please log onto www.discoverhongkong.com to find out more and have a wonderful stay!

Mary asks…

Looking for tips on taking a Tokyo/Hong Kong trip with my girlfriend.?

We’ll be going this May ’07. Any advice on who to book the travel package deal through? And in Tokyo – what area is cool for 30 year olds (w/o kids), not too touristy, but cool area with restaurants and bars. Also – want to catch a baseball game. Thansk!
We’ll be going this May ’07. Any advice on who to book the travel package deal through? And in Tokyo – what area is cool for a 30 year old couple (w/o kids), not too touristy, but a cool area with restaurants and bars. Also – want to catch a baseball game. Thanks!

Yaz answers:

Roppongi, Shinjuku and Shibuya has some great restaurants and bars. If you like clubbing, try Womb at Shibuya. I normally book Northwest to Tokyo on Zuji.com, they’ve got some pretty good deals. If you want you may wanna try booking the flight and hotel separately as from experience it is cheaper and more flexible. Gd hotel deals can b found at asiarooms.com !
An area cool for 30 plus really depends on what you seek. If you’re artistic try Aoyama-Itchome or Ebisu, or Shinjuku to soak in the intensity of “Pachinko” and the weekend entertainment in Tokyo. Odaiba or Tokyo Bay via the Yurikamome Line has great stuff, from going across the Rainbow bridge, to Tokyo Big Sight to the Statue of Liberty there.

Mandy asks…

what’s the best deal? converting US$ to Hong Kong $ or taking HK$ straight from an ATM in Hong Kong?

We’re going to Hong Kong for Christmas. Should I carry lots of US cash w/ me and exchange it for HK$ over there…OR carry a little cash and withdraw HK$ directly from an ATM. Please don’t give me the safety answer, i.e. don’t travel with a lot of cash. I merely want to know which would be my best deal.

Yaz answers:

The best rate would be withdrawing it from an ATM. Just don’t get too much or you will lose in the exchange back. Try to charge most of your expenses rather than paying cash.

John asks…

Where can I find the cheapest flight from Durham Tees Valley (MME) airport to Hong Kong (HKG) airport?

So far, I have found flights for £481 (incl. tax and charges) per person on lastminute.com.

http://www.lastminute.com/site/travel/flights/travel-xsells.html?skin=engb.lastminute.com&mondial_auto=true&DPSRT=PA&DPNOC=0&DPNOA=2&DPNOI=0&DPLOC=en_GB&DPNOS=0&DPHSI=0&date_in_month=4&DPXCP=T&DPFSI=0&DPCID=0&DPXAL=F&DPTRT=flights&DPSFT=&DPXTR=F&DPTTT=R&DPPRI=962.0&DPXCH=T&DPXMG=F&DPHEI=2&failureURL=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.lastminute.com%2Fsite%2Ftravel%2Fflights%2Fflights-search-error.html&DPDAP=MME&DPOID=208396328&DPXIN=T&DPCLS=X&DPPID=0&date_out_month=3&DPFEI=9&DPHID=-1&DPIID=-970706639&date_in_day=13&date_out_day=31&DPDCC=GBP&DPIDT=0001&DP1WF=0&DPFIT=flights&DPODT=0001&DPAAP=Hong+Kong+(HKG)%2C+HK&DPAIR=NONE&TRANS=ViewTransportationSearchBox%2CdoSearchForTransportation%2CchooseFlightOnlyAndSearchForDPXSell%2CdoSearchForXSell&DPSAC=LMZ&DPFID=1711608246

Can anyone find better deals than this?

Depart on 31/03/2009
Return on 13/04/2009
(dates do not have to be exact, but I have found them the cheapest)

Yaz answers:

You have answered your own question. That was approx the same price I flew from ABZ to HKG via AMS in Feb this year

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Your Questions About Cheap Flights To Taiwan

Sharon asks…

Where can get more information of Taiwan travel?

Hi,

I would like to travel Taiwan sometime, but wonder if it possible to cut hotel and flight budget.
Can anyone give me information abuot cheap hotel, flight and where is good place to go?
If anyone can give some websites for forums to get more information will be perfect.

Yaz answers:

You can try at http://www.forumosa.com which is probably the largest english forum discussing Taiwan living and issues as well as some travel stuff.

You can try http://www.eztravel.com and see if you can purchase any tickets etc.

If you want some good information about places to go and things to do: check out http://www.taiwanfun.com and look around at each location.

You can try your luck at lonelyplanet.com but I think you will get better info here or at forumosa.com.

Some suggestions to start out your search:

Taipei 101, (Taipei)

National Palace Museum, (Taipei)

Taipei zoo, (Taipei)

Yangmingshan National Park, (Taipei) *good view of some steam vents from the volcano, and many walking trails with pretty flowers all year.

Jhi-Bei Mountain Village (between Taipei and Ilan)
*an interesting mountainside village that has a great view of the ocean. Small windy walking streets. Parking is hell for cars, bus this one if possible. Lots of mini lanes and teahouses and it was a former gold mining town. You can see the tailings and nastiness still in the water down the road where the mine shafts were. The town is nice but is pretty steeply built. That it has survived so many earthquakes, typhoons is actually quite a feat in itself!

Bei-Tou Hot Springs, (Taipei)

Shr-Lin Night Market (Taipei) *try the street food. Yum!

Taroko Gorge (Hualien) *rent a scooter if you are brave and travelling with 2p or alone. Take a small 10 person or less bus if you arent. Or share the cost of renting a car with some other travellers for BEST experience. The BIG 30p+ buses are a problem on the tiny roads here in my opinion, and the roads are very sketchy in parts. But it is amazing.

Sun Moon Lake (Nantou) *on a weekday. Don’t go on weekends unless you can handle crowds.
Kenting National Park and Beach areas. *also better on weekdays. Weekends are ugly crowds.

For other answers check:
http://www.taiwanfun.com
http://forumosa.com

Personally I think you will find Taipei (for modern development and an overall view of what western Taiwan looks like..) and Hualien (for natural beauty in the inner canyon and mountain ranges of the Pacific Rim) to be the best parts of your tour in Taiwan.

The Central MRT station is arguably a good tourist landmark as well.

Sandy asks…

What’s the cheapest roundtrip flight to Hong Kong or Taiwan from Manila?

My wife is pregnant and I’ll have to leave and re-enter the country to comply with my Visiting Visa as it expires on the last week of July. Does anyone here know of the cheapest round trip tickets? I’ll even consider Tokyo if it’s cheaper or if anyone can spare miles to get me there on NW Airlines. I really don’t care which airline takes me. I just need it to be inexpensive because I have to pay a childbirth… Thanks for the answers and/or suggestions… God Bless!
Irish, I’ll not be traveling with my wife. She’ll stay in the Philippines. Thanks for your honest answer. I’ll checking the Japan airlines.. Any one else?

Yaz answers:

If you are in a tight budget why not ask a travel agency nearby? Its much more cheaper to buy from them than directly the airline company. Agencies got like accounts in airlines that they can purchase by the bulk. And they can even customize your trips.

I got my roundtrip mnl to l.a to orlando at USD1400 northwest airlines. Unlike having a USD 1200 roundtrip mnl to l.a only. I got it from rajah travel n tours 02-523-8801 to 10.

Agencies can work around your budget. They can find u the best offer at a reasonable price.

Anyways pre-booking is always free of charge in case you booked up and change ur mind.

Susan asks…

What’s the cheapest route from UK to Taiwan?

I’m starting a teaching position in Taipei in the next few months. I was wondering what the best route is to get to Taipei.

My Rough Guide says its hard to find direct flights to Taiwan from the UK. A quick internet search found flights in the range of £500.

But I was thinking it might be better to get a cheap ticket to a more popular Asian destination (Beijng, Hong Kong, Bangkok?) and then a further flight onto Taipei

Anyone know the cheapest way of doing this?

Yaz answers:

EVA AIR do direct flights from Heathrow but they only have a couple a week,and they leave in the evening 21;35.The closer you get to your date the higher the price.I payed £624 for a return i fly out on wednesday, (EVA AIR is the Taiwanese national airway and is up there with the likes of virgin,BA etc 4 star airline! You get what you pay for)

Lizzie asks…

What is the cheapest way to get to Taiwan from Los Angeles?

I wanted to know the cheapest way to get from LA to Taiwan. I have heard that it may be cheaper to fly to Singapore or Hong Kong then take a flight into Taiwan but this does not seem to be the case when I check fares.
Well, I wanted to be able to go when I get out of school (end of June) but it seems that tickts are nearly DOUBLE the price at the start of summer. Is June/July a very expensive time to fly? Should I wait until the end of July/Aug to go??

Yaz answers:

Just fly directly from LAX to Taiwan – it’s the best way. Flights to Hong Kong or Singapore aren’t cheaper when you add in the cost in time & money for the connecting flight.

Jenny asks…

whats the cheapest price for a flight from America to Taiwan?

Yaz answers:

The Taiwanese airlines are cheaper than the American ones, i can tell you that.

Run a Google search on China Airlines (actually of Taiwan) and Eva Air.

Ah, here:
http://www.china-airlines.com
http://www.evaair.com
They’re not only cheaper than the American airlines but their customer service is also better (more polite!). Sometimes it’s hard to understand them though and it’s annoying because they speak *neither* English nor Mandarin Chinese well.

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Your Questions About Flights To Taiwan From Us

Mary asks…

I will have a transfer stop in the US coming from Taiwan to Mexico City, I do not have a visa for the US?

Can someone that lives in the US go visit me to the airport while I wait for my next flight?

Yaz answers:

The USA suspended the Transit Without A Visa program after 9/11. Now, if you need a visa to visit the USA you need a visa to transit the USA.

Http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/types/types_4211.html

Mandy asks…

How long can someone visiting the US from Taiwan expect to be able to stay?

My Girlfriend is coming to visit and we have made plans for her to stay with me for 6 months then she will return to Taiwan. She has her Visa and plane tickets with the return flight for just under 6 months after her arrival. She will have a receipt showing she has paid for vehicle use and lodging for the 6 months.Will immigration give her a problem with staying for the 6 months?
I was more concerned with whether or not immigration will have any problem with her visiting me for the 6 months if they know she is my girlfriend.

Yaz answers:

It depends on the immigration agent . One to six months is the norm, they take a number of things into account, honesty is number one priority, if they have any glimmer that some answer is untrue, your chances for six months is reduced.

Sandra asks…

An airplane flight from Manila, Philippines to T’aipei, Taiwan, and then on to Shanghai will take us in which

direction?

North
East
South
West

Yaz answers:

You are traveling north by north east to Taiwan and then south, by southwest to Shanghai.

William asks…

Can I bring a baby turtle on a plane from Taiwan to the US?

OK, I know there are a lot of other similar questions about this, I feel like I need to get better answers myself.
I got a baby yellow bellied slider turtle for my birthday here in Taiwan. I will be leaving Taiwan to go back home in California in January (about three months). I am probably going to take Malasian Airlines or China Airlines or Eva Airlines because they are the cheapest. I am wondering how to either legally or illegally bring it onto the plane or sneak it on.
If I am to sneak it on I was thinking I would hide him in my pants during the security check. Have a tupperware container in my carry on and a bottle of water and food for the turtle. Then once on the plane I will remove the turtle from my pants and put him in the tupperware container for the duration of the flight with the water and food. I doubt any passengers would care and I can be sneaky about it. My turtle is only about 1 inch long so he can be sneaky too. (he told me.)
Then when I land, hide him in my pants again till I am free of any danger.
A few concerns that I have:
I know it is stupid to do anything wrong but lets get past that and get some answers here.
-When I walk through the metal detector, it won’t harm him in any way will it?
-When they pat me down he will be safe in my private region from being found, correct? And they only pat you down if the metal detector goes off right?
-Will riding on the plane be harmful to him? The flight is like 13 hours.

Thank you in advance for any and all of your help. Sheldon, (that’s his name; I know cliche) is very appreciative of all of the help too!
I just checked Malaysia Airlines FAQ and pets are not permitted in the cabin, only as checked baggage. No mention about specific pets, but I am not checking my 1 inch turtle. He needs water, food, and love. None of which I can give him if he is checked. I think my only option is to smuggle the little guy on me. I’ll call the airline just to make sure, but it looks like my only option. Thanks for the help, though I wouldn’t be opposed to more answers. :)
I’m sorry that you think it is crazy. It’s not that easy to just give away your pet. You kind of grow attached to them. If you don’t then you probably shouldn’t own a pet. About drawing attention from a passenger; if somebody complained about it then they should be shot. I’m serious, that is rediculous. It’s not like it will be walking around the plane. It’s 1 inch long… I would have him in my custody the whole time. I feel more offended when dirty old men take their shoes off and everyone has to smell/see those nasty things. Bottom line is, if someone complains then they have some serious issues that they need to work out. It’s a freaking baby turtle, not a bomb!
I love how you assume I’m 12 years old. I am pretty sure I don’t speak like one. I’m 23 and I know what rules are for. And comparing a turtle to a poisonous snake is a little ludacris. But thank you for the analogy. Let me make this clear; I don’t care if it is right or wrong. I am bringing him back to California with me, I am just asking for some advice on how to do that. Maybe by someone who has done what I am trying to do. I do apprecciate you taking time out of your oh so precious day to assume that I am a child. You know what happens when you assume right? You make an ass out of you and me. That’s right.

Yaz answers:

This is a crazy idea, there is no sensible solution to your dilemma, other than to give Sheldon to someone in Taiwan, who will give him a loving home.

Trying to sneak him on in your pants sounds mad, and trying to feed/water in flight will draw way to much attention, and I’ll be honest, it will probably attract the attention of at least one passenger, who will be offended/incensed about what you are attempting to do.

Jenny asks…

How long does registered mail from Taiwan take to reach the US?

I had a package shipped out from Taiwan on the 6th of June and it came with a tracking number but my status when I check with USPS is: Foreign Acceptance. On the website Track and Trace, it was a little more detailed including a flight number and the date/time the plane left. But there have been no updates stating that it arrived in the states and the plane traveled to Alaska. Should I contact the seller and express concern since I know the USPS will just give me the story that the status in the only info they have? And generally, what is the transit time for registered mail?

Yaz answers:

Not to worry. It’s probably going through Customs. It may take about 4-5 weeks, that is… If you addressed it correctly. In 4+ years of shipping items to/from Taiwan, I’ve never lost a box going either way between the USA and Taiwan.

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Your Questions About Taipei Vacation

Sandra asks…

Where should I go on vacation? Maldives, Bali, Bora Bora, Cook Islands, etc? Please Help! :)?

Here are our must haves:

1) Warm water is a must. Warm like the Caribbean (Aruba, Bonaire), not cooler like Hawaii

2) My husband and I want to go somewhere new. We have been all over the Caribbean, Hawaii, Mexico, Europe, and North Asia (Hong Kong, Taipei, Korea)

3) Beach access to good snorkeling and/or scuba diving. Boat diving is fine, but we are not looking for a seven day scuba dive boat trip.

We have no children, so no children requirements.

We also can go anytime in 2010, so please also suggest a good time when to go (best weather, warm, etc). E.g. I read that Maldives is great in Feb,Mar,Apr.

I have been thinking about Maldives, Bali, Bora Bora, or Cook Islands, but everywhere looks soooo beautiful. We (my husband and I) are open to suggestions for somewhere beautiful.

Thanks everyone.
We are also looking to go for 12-16 days.

We also LOVE having the option to visit two places. For example, for our 16 day honeymoon we visited two Caribbean islands, Aruba and Bonaire. I really enjoyed seeing two places (our main objective then was scuba diving, which was excellent in Bonaire).

Thanks!

Yaz answers:

Visit the PHILIPPINE islands like BOHOL, BORACAY, CEBU and PALAWAN!
Http://wowphilippines.com.ph/
http://wowphilippines.com.ph/great_hideaways/beach.asp
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FsBvXh3m2A

Daniel asks…

So many people have vacationed in China. i’m wondering how the food is there. Are there all types of ethnic?

restaurants? Can you order a pizza or veal parmigiana with spaghetti there? And is the food safe to eat? I can’t imagine that you could stay there for two weeks and not get deathly sick from the food, except in the cities like Beijing or Taipei. And even in the cities I would doubt the food can be trusted implicitly.

Yaz answers:

No, in mainland China you will not be able to get all kinds of ethnic food as Indian curry and other ethnic food as found in the West as often as you kind. Pizza and Italian style food places are common in Beijing.

There is a problem with food hygiene with mainland China. Some people can visit China and have no problems at all others can visit China and due to visiting a less hygienic restaurant will come down with food poisoning. You have to reminder that the bugs and germs that make you ill are slightly different from the ones in your country and that Chinese people are used to them. You on the other hand are not. It would be best when you go that you buy some anti-diarrhoea medicine and dehydration medicine to be on the safe side.

Water – drink either bottled or boiled never from the tap.
Food – a case of cook it, peel it or bin it.

James asks…

Philippine Airlines?

I just came back from the Philippines on vacation to visit my family over there. I had a great time. The last time I went there was in 1st grade, and that was about 7 years ago, so I didn’t remember a lot. But my question is:

Is Philippine Airlines better than using other asian airlines that connect at different countries? Because when I went, I used Philippine Airlines, but my cousins went on some other airline that connected in Taipei, then straight to Manila. It cost a little more, but is it better to explore different places?

Yaz answers:

Iam quite satisfied with Philippine Airlines, because of its direct flight to the US. Less time traveling, the better. I’ve been using Philippine Airlines eversince I started traveling but so far I didnt encounter any rude staff.

Connecting flights to other countries: You cant really explore those other countries coz’ you’ll be staying at the airport.

And yes, having it’s own airport is really good, saves time!

Charles asks…

ok i need help my bf is making meh uncertain….?

ok well im in taipei, and its over chinese new year, my bf lives here but is on vacation in beijing, well sumone called me, i think it was this other guy, eddie. and well whoever called me called me and sed they were my bf, charlie, and sed they were dumping meh. well im not sure if it was my bf, it wasnt his voice, also they sed “well lewis is a much better guy, i dont deserve you, sry but im breaking us up” lewis is the guy who is really in love with me, i dont like him tho. my bf and i have been going out since be4 christmass, we talk all the time, and i thot things were going great, help meh…

Yaz answers:

The best advise is to ask yor bf!! I dont know of one single guy that would break up with someone and say “this other guy is so much better for you, i dont deserve you” if nothing is wrong in youre relationship, why would he say he doesnt deserve you? ASK HIM!

Ruth asks…

Hi I am a Filipino curently working in Canada under a live in caregiver program.?

Hi I am a Filipino currently working in Canada under the live in caregiver program.
I’m going to Phils for a vacation and my flight is on the 25th of December and I have a 10 hours lay over in Taipei. I’m wondering if anybody know how or where can I apply for a transit visa so I can spend few hours sightseeing in Taipei and meet my cousin too.
Hoping for a feedback as soon as possible :) thank you!

Yaz answers:

In general, Philippine passport holders are required to obtain visas before traveling to Taiwan. Exempt from this rule, however, are Filipinos holding valid visas or permanent resident cards for USA, Canada, Japan, UK, EU Schengen, Australia and New Zealand. Additionally, they must not have been employed as blue collar workers in Taiwan before and are only permitted to stay in Taiwan for 30 days.

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Your Questions About Hong Kong City Tourism

Betty asks…

4 Questions between Shanghai and Hong Kong rivaly as China’s best city?

I won’t answer this question because I will be biased. I am from Shanghai, so I will let you guys answer this.

1. Which city is more beautiful naturally?
2. Which is the true economic hub of China in your opinion?
3. Which will have a greater global influence in trade, tourism, and export.
4. Which has a better skyline?

Yaz answers:

Hong Kong and Singapore are considered the financial economic hubs in Asia. Hong Kong belongs to China.

Hong Kong and Shanghai are both the same really. Shanghai is one of the most modern cities in China and so is Hong Kong.

Better skylines? Well Shanghai will win this one considering they have built one of the most modern and highest skyscrapers and skylines.

Hong Kong probably has more global influence, trade and tourism and most of their imports/exports go to China.

They each have their own pros and cons, but naturally, Hong Kong and Shanghai are both the financial centre hubs or China, although Hong Kong handles it’s own finances.

Carol asks…

(urgen!!I will give many points if you answer.)How can I improve my composition?

My teacher ask me to write about an article about Hong Kong(a city in Asia, I have to find some information online!! It spend me lots of time!!!)

Here is the requirement:
“Being an international financial centre, Hong Kong should focus on progress (such as building new roads, big shopping malls and commercial buildings) rather than preservation (keeping old buildings)”. Write a letter to the editor of a newspaper giving your opinions.
Start your letter with “Dear Editor”. Sign “Chris Lee”. Do not write any address.

Here is my article:

Dear Editor,
I am writing to express my attitude towards the controversy over the statement—-should Hong Kong focus on progress rather than preservation as Hong Kong is an international financial centre. From my point of view, I am entirely in favour of preservation.
First and foremost, old buildings reflect Hong Kong’s individual culture. Dotted with all kinds of boutiques operated by different countries’ businessmen, many people say Hong Kong has lost her individual culture—just copying other countries’ cultures. Why do they say that? Is it factual? Of course not. Hong Kong has a long history and owns thousands of cultural heritages, brimming with innumerable precious stories; however, majority of us has not noticed this. Archaic temples, markets and accommodations, which are the precious heritages of Hong Kong, have shown the prestigious culture of Hong Kong. Who can disclaim them? However, if we don’t treasure them, just focus on constructing new roads, building big shopping malls and developing commercial buildings, our precious heritages will be damaged and distinct in our city. For example, Old Wan Chai Market has been demolished because government wants to develop that region into other commercial purpose. Needless to say, Wan Chai will become more developed and attract more people to invest in Hong Kong; nevertheless, our treasure market will never come back. When I was in kindergarten, my mother always took me to that market to buy some food so I was impressed of it. Now I can’t see any thing in the same position, so I feel a little depression. We can see our Old Wan Chai Market in the photographs, but it is really extinct in our city. Our precious heritages are vulnerable, so we need to endeavour for preservation of them instead of annihilating them.
Secondly, old buildings, which can stimulate Hong Kong’s economics, can attract more tourists to visit Hong Kong. Tourism which is the main part of Hong Kong’s departments has contributed billions of dollars to our city and consolidated our international financial centre position in the world. If we annihilate the preservation region in order to let us build more International Financial Centres (IFCs) to boost our economics, will it really work? This method of soaring Hong Kong’s growth is rather foolish. We just like the man who wanted to get the golden eggs from the hen, using a knife to kill the hen; finally, we could get nothing, even the hen. We can’t just focus on the present profit and abandon fundamental thing, otherwise, we can’t sustain for a long time. So we should also focus on the long-term effect.
Last but not least, old buildings can remind us not to forget the history of Hong Kong’ spirit—-never give up. Hong Kong was a little fishing village in the past, but through hard working many Hong Kong’ generations, Hong Kong has transformed into an international financial centre. Old buildings can tell us the hash life in the past so it can remind ourselves not to give up even we are in recent trouble—-financial crisis.
In conclusion, preservation is more important than progress. As many people ignore the importance of preservation, we need to raise public awareness of preservation. Sustainable development is crucial for us so Hong Kong needs our efforts.
Thank you for reading my letter.
Yours Sincerely,
Chris Lee

Yaz answers:

Try making the first paragraph stronger. Grab the readers attention by using strong words that clearly indicate exactly which side of the argument you’re on. Keep your opening sentences short and to the point. Imagine you’re so angry you just have to write this letter and tell the world you feelings.

The rest of it is good.

William asks…

What other places do you recommend? I’ll visit Beijing, Jinin, Xi’an, Luoyang, Canton, Shanghai and Hong Kong.?

I’ll travel to China in about one year with my Kung Fu school. We’ll be doing tourism and training in some cities and also visit the Shaolin Temple from Luoyang.

What else should I visit? Not Tibet because it is just too far.

Thanks!!

Yaz answers:

Guilin is beautiful and well worth considering as a place to visit!

Http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guilin

Sharon asks…

Should the Israeli government purchase a tropical island?

There are approximately 45,000 tropical islands on Earth. Among coral tropic islands for example are Maldives, Tonga, Nauru and Polynesia. Granite islands include Seychelles and Tioman. The socio-economic diversity of these regions ranges from the Stone Age societies in the interior of Madagascar, Borneo or Papua New Guinea to the high-tech lifestyles of the city-islands of Singapore and Hong Kong. The international tourism is a significant factor in the local economy of Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Réunion or Hawaii.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Island

Yaz answers:

Galactic emperor,
Very good question, I hope so but I don’t wish it to the tropical Island’s population, because they will live Apartheid and segregation.
I think they should stay where they are until the world get rid of Zi0nism.

Lizzie asks…

history help pleeaaassseee!!!!!!!?

Define urbanization.

A. a process in which a decreasing number of a population lives in cities and suburbs of cities
B. a process in which an increasing number of a population moves from cities to rural areas
C. a process in which an increasing number of a population commutes back and forth from rural areas where they live, to urban areas where they work
D. a process in which an increasing number of a population lives in cities and suburbs of cities

In which nation do the Basques live?

A. Spain
B. Ireland
C. Afghanistan
D. India

Chinese leaders have been able to do all of the following since the death of Mao Zedong EXCEPT

A. open China to capital investments and the global economy.
B. reestablish a democratic government.
C. raise levels of education.
D. improve health care and working conditions.

In which decade was India MOST economically successful?

A. 1990s
B. 1970s
C. 1960s
D. 1950s

During the energy crisis of the 1970s, Japan shifted its industry from steel, chemicals, and machinery to

A. agricultural production.
B. textiles and rubber.
C. entertainment and tourism.
D. high technology.

_________ help(s) regulate the earth’s temperature and the depletion of the ozone.

A. The atmosphere
B. Acid rain
C. Greenhouse gases
D. Carbon dioxide

Which of the following can be described as a free-market city?

A. Hong Kong
B. Tianjin
C. Wuhan
D. Guangzhou

Present-day food shortages are blamed on all of the following EXCEPT

A. high prices for seeds, fertilizers, and irrigation, which has limited the productivity of farmers in poor countries.
B. poorer countries that do not have the infrastructure in place to maintain food resources, meaning that raw materials often rot before they are consumed.
C. climate changes brought on by global warming, which have contributed to a reduction in food production.
D. the growing global population, which has put an extra strain on the available resources.

Complete the timeline of Irish history in the twentieth century.
In the early 1900s, persistent calls for self-determination in Ireland led to a series of ____1____.In 1916, a rebellion known as the ____2____, led by Irish nationalists, seized key locations in Ireland and proclaimed the island independent.From 1919 to 1921, the Irish Republican Army (IRA) fought a guerrilla war against British rule.In 1921, Ireland was broken into an independent republic and a subdivision of Great Britain. In 1994, there was a cease-fire announcement from the IRA.Beginning in the 1960s, a period of terrorism erupted that became known as ____3____.In 1998, after continual breakdowns in peace talks, all parties signed the ____4____.
A. 1: Home Rule Acts 2: Easter Rising 3: the Troubles 4: Good Friday Agreement
B. 1: Easter Rising Acts 2: the Troubles 3: the Irish guerrilla war 4: Home Rule Acts
C. 1: Good Friday Agreement 2: Irish guerrilla war 3: the Easter Rising 4: Easter Rising Acts
D. 1: Home Rule Acts 2: Good Friday Rebellion 3: the Irish guerrilla war 4: Easter Rising Acts

Which prime minister of India came to power in 1966 and faced an increase in unemployment, a food crisis, economic regression, political conflicts with the United States, and conflict with Pakistan?

A. Indira Gandhi
B. Jawaharlal Nehru
C. Rajiv Gandhi
D. Gulzarilal Nanda

Yaz answers:

1) D
2) A
3) B
4) C
5)D
6)D
7) {guess} C
8) A
9) A
10) {guess} C

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Your Questions About Cheap Flights To Taiwan

James asks…

Cheapest flights from Bangkok to Taiwan?

Yaz answers:

Jetstar has the lowest price

http://www.jetstar.com/sg/index.html

Otherwise, try http://www.kayak.com
BKK – TPE R/T – I found one on KLM for $277

Leave – Mon 4 Jun 2007
KLM Royal Dutch
Flight 877 Departs: 1:40p
Bangkok (BKK) Arrives: 6:15p
Chiang Kai Shek (TPE)
Coach | Fare code: TLSXTH | Aircraft: 74M | 3h 35m | 1545 miles | many seats remain

Return – Mon 11 Jun 2007
KLM Royal Dutch
Flight 878 Departs: 7:30p
Chiang Kai Shek (TPE) Arrives: 10:05p
Bangkok (BKK)

Sandy asks…

Where to find cheap flights to Asia?

What are your recommendations on how/where to get a cheap flight from Canada to Asia (specifically Taiwan)? When I was living in Hong Kong I found that buying airplane tickets was cheaper (e.g. I paid $1000CAD to an HK travel agent but would have had to pay $1200CAD if I bought from aircanada.ca). Also, now that I’m back in Canada, I can’t buy tickets on the “foreign” sites with cheap prices – e.g. I have to buy from the American portal of www.priceline.com.hk.

I want to travel to Taiwan (and maybe another country – any suggestions? I’m thinking Japan or South Korea) in April or May 2010. Is there a better time to buy tickets?

Yaz answers:

If you’re heading to Taiwan, you might have to use Eva Air. They’re based out of Taipei, and I think they have flights direct from Vancouver every other day.

Try Orbitz.com or Kayak.com for flights out of the US or Canada. I’ve used them both before, and had really good luck with them.

Http://www.kayak.com/flights
http://www.orbitz.com/

Sharon asks…

Where can I get cheap flight tickets from London to Taiwan?

Hi there, I visited my boyfriend in England last December, flew with China Airlines for the first leg(Taipei-Bangkok), then with Etihad from Bangkok all the way to London. The total cost me about 650gbp. This time my boyfriend’s visiting me from England to Taipei, leaving either in late May or early June, and coming back in late August. We couldn’t find a flight with reasonable price and descent airlines company. I booked my Etihad flight via a travel agent in Taiwan( some travel agencies have signed the contract with airlines companies, hence they get group rates for individual tix.) I’m wondering if that would the same in England? Or will that be cheaper to book tickets online? Answers would be highly appreciated!

Yaz answers:

I have traveled with : KLM, AirFrance, Iberia, United Airlines, British Airways , Cathay Pacific
& This Last 2 Were To Say : “The Most Cheapest”

Joseph asks…

Does anyone have a good link with a cargo plane service?

When you sign up for those cheap flights where you ride with goats or someone’s baggage, you get a code that you have to punch in when buying your ticket off the website. Has anyone got a hookup and a code that they want to lend me to go from Nepal to Taiwan for super cheap?

Yaz answers:

Not gonna happen, dude

from Nepal to Taiwan? Am guessing you will have to transfer somewhere….try Thai via Bangkok

Steven asks…

Please HELP! Visiting china and Taiwan over the summer!?

I am visiting china AND Taiwan this summer, but I do not know which site to use for cheap flights. Also, I live in Reno, and this is what I plan to do.
I go from Reno, nv to San Francisco. Then from San francisco I go to Taiwan. Then from Taiwan I go to Beijing. Then from Beijing I go back to San francisco and then Reno.
VERY confusing to me. I do bot know which site to use and I do not want to use a travel agent. Please help!
Thanks so much(:

Yaz answers:

I guess you could start with the China Airlines website:
http://www.china-airlines.com/en/schedule/s_check.htm

They fly from SFO to TPE, and an associated carrier, Manadrin Airlines, flies from Taipei to Beijing. I would gather this means they could arrange the package deal for you.

Good luck!

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Your Questions About Hong Kong Travel Deals

Mary asks…

Anyone can recommend a good travel agent in Hong Kong?

To travel to China, Philippines, Vietnam, USA, Russia, etc.?
Ideally the one who gives a really good deal on trip, reliable, speaks English.

Yaz answers:

Modern Wing

Charles asks…

Travel to Hong Kong this June?

Hello, I am really hoping you could help me. My husband and I wanted to go to Hong Kong this June and we wanted the best deal for money and time. I checked Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific. PAL obviously is more expensive than Cebu Pacific. I also check the Fun Tours of Cebu Pacific where they offer plane and lodging accommodations. The cheapest is Php23,000 for the plane to and from and then 3 nights at a 2-star hotel. I chose the more expensive package for a more relaxed flight schedule and a 3-star hotel accommodation in Dorsett Far East. We will make our own itinerary since we are planning to explore, although I have been there before.

Please help me decide. I am not sure if I will go this route (which we will do all the planning ) or just go to a travel agency. Please give me pointers.

Yaz answers:

If you haven’t purchased your ticket yet, and if you are in Philippines, you should look look for discount air tickets flying out of Manila. I’ve flown Air Asia many times (http://www.airasia.com) and have been very happy with them. There’s also Tiger Air (http://www.tigerairways.com/), which I know flies between Manila and Macau for about $25 US (don’t remember the price in Php). After you are in Macau, you can catch a ferry to Hong Kong,

In terms of “relaxed flight,” I don’t know why you are concerned with this since it’s nonstop and it’s not a long flight.

If you want to stay in Macau for one night and see things there, check out Pousada de Mong Ha. ( for a review see http://patnotebook.blogspot.com/2009/03/macau-hotel-pousada-de-mong-ha.html ).

Do bear in mind that the Ferry between Macau and HK does cost some money, but it’s comparable to the airport express MTR if you arrive at the airport in HKG, but just remember to figure in the transportation costs to either airport when you compare prices.

I’ve never heard of Dorsett Far East hotel. Have you looked at any reviews for it on http://www.tripadvisor.com , and also where is it located? In my opinion, a key issue in Hong Kong is proximity to public transportation. Try to find something that says it’s very close to the MTR, because then you will have no trouble getting anywhere you want. I think hotels in Causeway Bay or Mong Kok tend to be a fairly good value. Also, cleanliness can be an issue at the two star level, so look at the web sites that have hotel reviews and read the comments closely!

Of COURSE you can make these arrangements yourself! It takes just a bit of courage, but it gives you a lot more control. Look for hotel reviews on http://www.tripadvisor.com ALSO you can book online through the Hong Kong based internet travel agency Zuji: http://www.zuji.com . The Zuji site is excellent, easy to book through them, and they have reviews of each hotel. I also think their “deals” (listed with stars as best value ) are indeed pretty good deals. For a bit lower level of accomodation you can look on http://www.hostelworld.com.

In June, it will be really hot in HKG! You might enjoy trying to stay someplace with AC and a pool.

Have fun!

Linda asks…

What is the best frequent miles program for a family of four to Hong Kong?

Hi I am planning with my family of four to go to Hong Kong and all over Asia. When we are in Hong Kong we plan to travel to many Asian countries. We don’t have a lot of money but what to stretch every dollar to go the Chinese Olympics and then Hong Kong for one year for school. I don’t know the pros and cons of the “United Airlines Mileage Plus” credit card program Vs. Asiamiles.com or another WorldPoints programs. I am looking for the cheapest deal. thankyou ahead of time. :)

Yaz answers:

I’d say use asia miles as it caters to countries in asia. Also because Cathay Pacific is the flag carrier of Hong Kong which carries a lot of flight from Hong Kong to other asian countries including mainland China.

Joseph asks…

I will be traveling to Manila and Hong Kong, which place can I find the best deal on a digital camera?

Is there a special area of Hong Kong that sells them for cheap, or is that just a fable about the lowe prices?

Yaz answers:

Stay away from those small camera shops. They only target on tourist and mostly they run by the same owners and the salesmen there will sell you something you don’t even want.

Hong Kong locals always buy their camera from department stores, or Fortress, Broadway.

Fortress and Broadway are like Best Buy’s/Circuit City in states. Remember ask for some freebies. They usually don’t mind giving out some.

Department Stores:
Harbor City
Time Square
Sogo

Fortress
http://www.fortress.com.hk/en/home.html

Broadway
http://www.ibroadway.com.hk/

Ruth asks…

11 days in Singapore & Hong Kong. How many days in each ones?

I got a good deal to fly to Hong Kong & Singapore in the same travel. I am mainly looking to feel something different from all U.S.A. & Canada as I visited them very much. I love the nature, swimming in the ocean, not too much the museums, the restaurants, shoppings. Travelling in November. How many days out of 11 should I spend in both destinations? Why?

Yaz answers:

11 hk
0 sg

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Your Questions About Taipei Taiwan Vacation

Helen asks…

i’m going back to taiwan/taipei on the 19th when school over and i think my period will come that week?

hi y’all i’m going on vacation back home to my country on the 19th and i think my rag will come on that week and it might be on the 3rd or 4th day, i will be on a 18 hour flight to taiwan. If i put my pads/tampons in the giftbag would they mind instead of in a backpack or suitcase???

Yaz answers:

This Q falls under the category of “too much information”.
I really don’t believe that anyone is going to give you trouble for taking care of your feminine hygiene issues. Half the population of the world has them.

I hope you have a pleasant and trouble-free trip, and if you wish to come to Hualien, drop me a message via Yahoo!Answers. My wife is a freelance tour guide here.

Nancy asks…

What is the ideal place for summer vacation?

I want to go somewhere in Asia next year… Can you please assist me where to go? Here are the choices: Seoul (Korea), Tokyo (Japan), Taipei (Taiwan), Macao (China), Singapore or Thailand? Thanks… :)

Yaz answers:

Taiwan’s Kenting!
It’s a wonderful place for people who wants to spend their whole time in the summer.
Water,beaches,and young people are all in here.
Many people ,including foreigners,are crazy about Kenting if you want a great summertime.

So Come on!Kenting is waiting for your coming.
Let’s rock this summer!

David asks…

Where to look for someone to develop the Taiwan travelers (business/leisure) market in Singapore?

This is Cassie from TaipeiVacation.com. We are working as freelance Taipei travel advisor, aiming at planning and designing personalized Taiwan tours for overseas travelers. :) Providing great accommodation, transportation, tour suggestions & business secretary/translation service in Taiwan.

We have a strong travel/accommodation networking in Taiwan for family/business travellors, and we are looking for market developers & regional agents to help to the put our business to the next level.

Job description: marketing (internee/offline, article writing), developing customers/agents who are realted to Taiwan & Taipei travel.

Target market: Singapore travelers who are coming Taiwan (for both leisure & business type of travelers.) We are also looking for someone who are familiar with Malaysia, Hong Kong, Japan & Korea markets. It is perfect that you are working for the travel agency or related industry which can access to our target customers directly.

Type: part-time (home based) – expected working loading: 2 hours per day
Payment: case by case (via Paypal)

The applicants should have well knowledge, interest & experience of Taiwan/Taipei travel.

Therefore, kindly suggest that where we can look for this kind of talent.
Any website or contact windows are welcome!!

Thanks! :)

Yaz answers:

If you want local support in Hualien / East Coast Taiwan, then feel free to contact me via my Y!Answers email. You can also check out Green Island Aventures for further assistance in other Taiwan locations.

Joseph asks…

Where to look for someone to develop the Taiwan travelers (business/leisure) market in New Zeland?

This is Cassie from TaipeiVacation.com. We are working as freelance Taipei travel advisor, aiming at planning and designing personalized Taiwan tours for overseas travelers. :) Providing great accommodation, transportation, tour suggestions & business secretary/translation service in Taiwan.

We have a strong travel/accommodation networking in Taiwan for family/business travellors, and we are looking for market developers & regional agents to help to the put our business to the next level.

Job description: marketing (internee/offline, article writing), developing customers/agents who are realted to Taiwan & Taipei travel.

Target market: New Zeland travelers who are coming Taiwan (for both leisure & business type of travelers.) We are also looking for someone who are familiar with Malaysia, Hong Kong, Japan & Korea markets. It is perfect that you are working for the travel agency or related industry which can access to our target customers directly.

Type: part-time (home based) – expected working loading: 2 hours per day
Payment: case by case (via Paypal)

The applicants should have well knowledge, interest & experience of Taiwan/Taipei travel.

Therefore, kindly suggest that where we can look for this kind of talent.
Any website or contact windows are welcome!!

Thanks! :)

Yaz answers:

I can help you.

Lisa asks…

My next vacation will be singapore or Taipei, Can anyone tell me about SPG girls?

Where do these girls hang out? Should I skip Singapore, Thailand was fun but I need more info on the SPG girls please. If anyone has been to Taiwan which girls are better?? Taiwanese or SPGS??

Yaz answers:

I doubt that they’ll just bop some guy on vacation. If they did, everyone ‘n’ their brother would be going there. LOL.

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