Your Questions About Taipei Package

Lizzie asks…

How to get to Keelung for the 中元祭held on 15 Aug 08?

Will be staying at Ximending area hotel, and the tour package by Keelung city tourist association was fully book. Please help. & as we are not staying overnight at keelung, will it be difficult to go back to taipei city after the celebration. The celebration starts at night.

Yaz answers:

Option 1: The programs of the ghost festival is till 2 or 3am or so. You could go around miaokow night market. Www.miaokow.org/

http://new.twtraffic.com.tw/TWRail_EN/index.aspx
The first express back to Taipei is 5:10am as you could recheck above.

Option 2: stay at a hotel in Keelung. There are three more hotels are available on 8/14.

Http://www.hhotel.com.tw/
http://www.oceanhotel.com.tw/

Please mail me if you need any further information. Sammyko333@hotmail.com

Mandy asks…

why does it take so long to get mail packages from Taiwan?

What is the process post takes from Taipei to the USA?

Yaz answers:

I live in Pennsylvania and I have a lot of relatives in Taiwan that send us packages every so often. When we send something to Taiwan they normally receive it fairly quickly like around a week or so. However, when they try to send something to me, I find it takes a little bit longer, stretching from about a week and a half to two weeks. Don’t know what this means, but could be with the security that the US post office puts on with incoming mail (maybe UPS is just slower?).

Thomas asks…

Which Travel Agency In Singapore Provide The Best Deal and Service Tour Packages To Taiwain?

Hi, I’m planning to go to Taiwan with my wife. As this is our first time to Taiwan (Taipei), we decided to go by tour package. However, we are not sure which travel agency in Singapore provide the best deal and service for Taiwan tour package. Any recommendation? Heard about a place call ‘wu-fen-pu’. Does any brothers and sisters know what place is that? Worth to visit?

Yaz answers:

Hey Sage,
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Try it out buddy and Enjoy Ur Trip 😉 Best of Luck

and yeah revert me for sure if u like it 😉 .. Lol

Donna asks…

inbout into customs for almost 4 days?

i ordered a package christmas eve from china.
a simple pair of authentic nike shoes from a trusted seller who lives in china.
It was on express international mail.
now it has been almost 4 days and i track it every 2 hours because i really need these before tuesday.
has my package been confiscated? should i call customs?

Inbound Into Customs
Processed Through Sort Facility
Dec-29-11, 00:33 AM, ISC NEW YORK NY(USPS)

Origin Post is Preparing Shipment
Processed Through Sort Facility
Dec-27-11, 21:03 PM, TAIPEI

Acceptance

Yaz answers:

It went into customs early on Thursday – it may have been worked on Fri – but IDK if customs works Saturdays. Sundays is not fully staffed for USPS., and Monday is not a delivery day.

Without knowing if it has gotten out of customs, and is back in USPS mailstream, IDK. They could be delivered on Tuesday. I would GO to your local USPS delivery office Tues AM, and ask to speak to a DELIVERY supervisor. He would be able to see if it had reached the local processing facility.

Steven asks…

where should i go for holidays?

I’m from Singapore, and I plan to go on holidays with another friend for 7-10 days between 12 and 24 july. I know it is probably a little late to book now, but I would like to know which options would be better.
Free and easy:
1) Hong Kong
2) Taiwan – worried about the weather now
3) Hong Kong + Taipei – the air tickets add up to quite a considerable amount
4) Hong Kong + Shanghai – similarly, the air tickets add up to quite a considerable amount

tour package
1) Japan

my budget is lesser than SGD2.5K. Or are there any other places within Asia that you guys recommend?
(i just went bangkok so that’s not an option for me)

thank you very much!

Yaz answers:

Hi, the places you’ve chosen are mainly for shoppers and they are not cheap. Food in HK is good but expensive. Shopping in Taiwan, Shanghai and Japan is expensive too.

From your 1-4 and Japan, I will opt for Japan tour package due to the budget.

Why don’t you consider Angkor Wat? Or Club Med in Cherating, Malaysia? I am sure SG$2.5K will be more than enough (you can even carry forward for your next vacation!)

Have a good one, wherever you chose to go 😀

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Your Questions About Cheap Holidays To Hong Kong

Ruth asks…

i need a ticket to hong kong cheap for around 1-800 because my grandpa die last week on tuesday?

i alredy know that oasis is out of business and just holiday is sold out please help me i want to go to my grandpa funeral i live in sanfransico CA help me please

Yaz answers:

Do you mean $1,800 or 1 to $800? Anyways try searching on mobissimo.com. If you want it below $800 you might want to try name your own price on priceline.com. As it usually takes quite a long time to arrange a funeral in Hong Kong, maybe 3-4 weeks, you should be more flexible in your dates. This year’s airfare to HK are much higher due to the Shanghai Expo, bad timing for you.

Linda asks…

How much spending money do I need to take on a one week holiday to Hong Kong?

I am going to Hong Kong in a month or so for a week, it is going to cost me about £280 for the flight but I need to know how much spending money I am going to need to take. I am going to want to go out every night, eat well and basically have a really good time. Is is going to be cheap like Thailand or expensive like New York? Help!!

Yaz answers:

Hong kong is good for all kinds of travellers budget or lavish, remember it’s not cheaper like Thailand or costlier like NY either, but it really depends on one’s apitite for enjoyment. Basically, hotel stay costs from HK$350 to HK$6500 per night, fooding expense per day will be HK$90 and up. Visiting a night club costs HK$150 and up as entrance fee with one drink free, rest it depends on you; however, HK$300/head will be sufficient for a night. Unlike other cities here in Hong Kong you can find everything from ordinary to special class of fooding, lodging and shopping. Hong Kong is well connected with underground railway, bus, minibus, taxi etc, they ply 24 hours except railway which is upto midnight. Travelling around HK is cheaper, for only HK$2.00 you can ride a tram and can see HK’s east to west comfortably. Make your itinirary based on the information provided here.

If you are a budget tourist then except airfare, for lodging,fooding,sightseeing and little shopping, I assume HK$10,000 will be more than sufficient for one person for a week in Hong Kong. Good luck and have a nice trip.

Robert asks…

What is the cheapest flight from Saskatoon to (Hong Kong or Guangzhou)?

I’m trying to find my way to Hong Kong in the christmas holidays from Saskatoon for a family event. Does anyone know what is the absolute cheapest way of getting there from Saskatoon? I can drive to Minneapolis if I have to or I could land in Guangzhou too. but the cheapest solution seems to be in the $2000 range and i’m looking closer to the 1500 range . Please help.
ok so apparently I’ve left out alot of details in my question. here’s what i’m trying to do:

I’m willing to drive 8 hrs each way to another airport other than saskatoon. (YYC or MSP if need be)
I need to leave Dec 10 -12 for hong kong (I’ve tried CAN or HKG)
I also need to leave HK on 26-28th to Toronto (YYZ/ YKF/ BUF)
then I need to go back to where i dropped off my car on the 3rd of Jan.

I’ve tried it on canoe, I’ve tried to find sketchy orbitz for help
but anything online is giving me about a 2000 dollar for the whole 3 legged trip. I was just wondering if there’s any alternatives from the Travel agent crowd? Any help is appreciated

Yaz answers:

EXAMPLE:
Calgary, AB, Canada to Hong Kong, HK, China
Sat 22 Dec 2007 – Wed 2 Jan 2008

$1596 US (taxes included)
http://www.kayak.com/s/flights.jsp?searchid=EXGmx$8ba5rjM$PIspow&completed=true

full itinerary as shown on United website:
https://travel.united.com/ube/core/us/compactSearch.do?persons=1&searchby=price&shop_stops=2&depart=YYC&dest.0=HKG&mon_abbr.0=Dec&date.0=22&rt_ow=RoundTrip&mon_abbr.1=Jan&date.1=2&shop_serviceclass=ECONOMY-NON-REFUNDABLE&carrierPref=on

Flying Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Years Day
will give you a lower fare:

Calgary, AB, Canada to Hong Kong, HK, China
Mon 24 Dec 2007 – Tue 1 Jan 2008
.>>>>>>$1334 USD <<<<<<<<<<
http://www.kayak.com/s/flights.jsp?searchid=d8abYZvGt8JlEcfX4cW2&completed=true

Saskatoon, SK, Canada to Hong Kong, HK, China
Tue 25 Dec 2007 – Tue 1 Jan 2008
$1651 USD
http://www.kayak.com/s/flights.jsp?searchid=yPE4EsOPqDx73MDsJpTC&completed=true

ALL OF THESE ARE MULTIPLE STOPS.

Nancy asks…

going on holiday to hong kong in the summer…when is the cheapest time to go?

looking at a 4* possibly, just browsing at what was available and selected the dates 30 july – 7 august and were around 800-900 per person

still in the extremely early stages of planning but i was wondering when during the summer would it be cheapest

thanks

Yaz answers:

The entirety of the summer months (June – August) is considered peak holiday season so there is no time that it would be cheapest. If you really want to go to Hong Kong on the cheap, I suggest you go during the off-seasons such as late Sept – November or mid-February – April.

Richard asks…

Hong Kong Holiday/Shopping?

I’m planning to go to Hong Kong for a holiday/shopping. Understand that Hong Kong‘s summer sales is the best time to go for shopping but weather will be extremely hot n it might have typhoon or something.

Any advice : Best time to go sightseeing n shopping in Hong Kong, when weather will be better n things are on sale as well ? I know it won’t be as cheap as the summer sales. But does Hong Kong has other sales period other than their Summer Sales ?

Thank you.

Yaz answers:

They have seasonal sales. But late fall’s better weather wise if you’re unused to hot humid weather.

If it’s hot, it’s hot and humid, if it’s rainy, expect some flooding

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Your Questions About Flights To Taiwan

Lizzie asks…

What’s the best airline to take when going to Taiwan? I know Eva Air offers flights to Taiwan (probably the m?

I know Eva Air offers flights to Taiwan (probably the most popular and thus the most expensive), some others include China Air, and I’m not sure if Malaysia Air offers it.

I’m looking for the perfect combination of price and quality (much like Jetblue)

if anyone can help me, please let me know!

Yaz answers:

China Airlines and Eva have direct flights and probably are the least expensive to Taiwan from the US. Cathay Pacific flies there with a layover in Hong Kong and was just named the best airline in the world by Skytrax. Just about all Asian airlines fly to Taipei, almost all with a layover somewhere. I’ve flown Eva and China Airlines, both are good airlines with good service and decent food, but China Airlines doesn’t have personal in-flight entertainment on their 747’s, something that is important to me on a long haul flight. Cathay Pacific is better than either of them, but will take longer and proably cost more. Check out the the premium economy seats on Eva, too.

Sandy asks…

Do the flights from Taiwan to LAX fly over Japan?People on the plane can expose radiation?

Yaz answers:

Not over Japan, but along the Japan east coast. Since planes are well sealed, you won’t be exposed to any more radiation than you normally do when flying.
Http://flightaware.com/live/flight/CAL8/history/20110317/1540Z/RCTP/KLAX

Joseph asks…

In Taiwan are flights to China in international terminals,and the flights from China to Taiwan in domestic?

Yaz answers:

It varies from airport to airport

Michael asks…

Flights from Taiwan to Sweden?

I live in Taipei and I need to go to Stockholm next June, I’m searching on line for flights but they are really expensive, does anyone know about any site or airline that offers reasonable priced tickets?
Or have you had a trip like this before, any suggestions? I really will appreciate your advise.
Thanks!

Yaz answers:

June is an expensive time to fly as it is the start of peak travel season. I suggest you see if there are any travel agents you can consult to get a price quote. You can also visit http://www.kayak.com.

Mark asks…

Scheldule of flights from Taiwan to Laoag (Ilacos norte Philippines)?

Yaz answers:

Go look on a computer

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Your Questions About Taipei Vacation

David asks…

How do you think about Taipei?

Do you like Taipei?
Is taipei a National City?Safe?Beautiful?Convenient?
And all you think about Taipei please!Thx
(Taipei&bangkok&shunghigh Tokyo Seoul where do u want to go ona vacation?)

Yaz answers:

Taipei is fantastic! It’s very cosmopolitan, there’s so much to do and so much to see.

In the day time you can visit the surrounding mountains – especially Ali – Shan, go shopping, go shopping, visit the worlds tallest building (I suggest you go there about 5pm so you can see the day view, the sunset about 6pm and the night sky about 7pm).

The city is ultra convenient – it never stops!

Night times are even better, the night markets are so fun and lively – that’s where you’ll experience Taiwan’s culture!

I’ve been here for 2 years – compared to other cosmopolitan cities it’s very very safe!

Donna asks…

Travel to Hanoi, Bangkok, Penang, Taipei, Hong Kong or Shanghai?

I am going on a vacation in around September this year and I would like to know which is the best option. I am definitely flying to Singapore (From Melbourne) and after a few days on to either Hanoi, Bangkok, Penang, Taipei, Hong Kong or Shanghai. Which would be best for a teenage boy? Also which airline is best flying to each destination? Thanks =)

Yaz answers:

Go Hong Kong. Its wonderful! Hong Kong Disneyland, Hong Kong Ocean Park, its shopping, places are wonderful. I went there like 10 to 15 times. I want to go again. My god. When i go in that country its like I am in a dreamland. Bangkok is crowded, You can’t even walk for the traffic. Too bad. Hong Kong is good.

Susan asks…

Is it correct that when on a stopover that you are unable to leave the airport?

I am travelling to the States at the end of the year and have lengthy stopovers (5 to 8 hours) in Taipei. I was told that you are not allowed to leave the airport as it’s not the country of intended vacation. Does anyone know if this is true or not and if true anyone have any good ideas for keeping oneself entertained whilst cooped up in a foreign airport for hours on end? :-)

Yaz answers:

I would think that as long as you have your passport with you, you should be able to leave the airport. But of course each country has their own rules so you might want to ask someone when you arrive in Taipei.

If you cannot leave Chiang Kai-shek International, then hopefully you have a nice book with you. Unless you can read Chinese, you can visit the bookstore there and see if there are any good magazines or newspaper articles. For me, while I was there, I tried to find a good place to watch airplanes take-off and land. Unfortunately the airport is not always really busy.

You are willing to pay, sometimes the airlines will allow you to visit their clubs for 1 day at a certain price. EVA Airlines is based in Taipei and Cathay Pacific has a Marco Polo Club there. Sitting inside those clubs are nice. They serve you complimentary food and beverage.

Sandy asks…

When to buy plane tickets the cheapest?

So I was looking from flights from Chicago to Taipei around Christmas break this year, and the average ticket for United flights were around $1800 (kinda expensive)
I was wondering whether the prices would go down a bit if I book, say in October instead of now in July. Or are the prices fixed at that level at christmas vacation time?

Yaz answers:

Flying during Christmas is the most expensive time of the year. My friend used to find out how much tickets on United cost from Cincinnati to Hong Kong. The ticket prices ran around $2,200. Because of that, he would fly home in November to early December just before the ticket prices increased and flew for $1,200. I think ticket prices may be a little lower but not much if any even if you bought the tickets in October. It is expensive because of the time period you are traveling. I suggest you also see if an Asian travel agency can help. My friend goes through ABN travel in Chicago. They primary buy tickets with United at a discounted price and sometimes can get you a cheaper ticket. (Don’t have their phone number anymore) I have called them in the past to get tickets as well. Natalie is really helpful and can speak English.

Maria asks…

Is it right that when on a stopover that you are unable to leave the airport?

I am travelling to the States at the end of the year and have lengthy stopovers (5 to 8 hours) in Taipei. I was told that you are not allowed to leave the airport as it’s not the country of intended vacation. Does anyone know if this is true or not and if true anyone have any good ideas for keeping oneself entertained whilst cooped up in a foreign airport for hours on end? :-)

Yaz answers:

Yes, you are allowed to leave the airport if a visa is not required for that country. If you have only 5 hours it is probably not worth it as that only gives you 2 hours in Taipei (1 hour to clear customs 2 hours to check in and go through security) 8 hours you have time to do something. They are suppose to have some really great museums in Taipei. Give yourself plenty of time to get back to the airport a traffic can be bad.

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Your Questions About Cheap Flights To Taiwan

Paul asks…

where can i go to find inexpensive flights to taiwan or japan?

almost every site i look at has the price of $1000 USD and up. are there any sites where i might be able to find a cheaper flight?

i live in California

Yaz answers:

I’ve always found the cheapest flights to Asia on the websites of the airlines that fly there. If you can wait until October I’m sure the prices will be lower, but I would check EVA or China Airline’s websites to Taiwan, they’re usually the cheapest airlines to many destinations in Asia. Good luck.

Chris asks…

Cheap Flight India-Taiwan ?

Hello,

I will be in India for two weeks and need then to fly to Taiwan. Is there any cheaper airline flying from Delhi to Taipei?

Can you give any website or travel agencies’ contact info?

Thanks.

Yaz answers:

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Donna asks…

Cheap travel advise for taiwan. Can anyone help?

I want to travel to Taiwan in October. What have you paid, or expect to pay, to make this trip (london to Taoyuan)?

Also, whats the best place to get cheap flights arranged?

Yaz answers:

Sidestep.com is the best (flexible date options). For a flight in april, it was like 800 usd, but for Oct 7-14, its 1100. Not bad, but not great. Play around with the dates.

David asks…

What is the cheapest flight to TAIWAN from Malaysia/Singapore? (preferably Malaysia)?

I would prefer to depart from KL and would hope to find something around RM1000-RM1500. Trip somewhere around late June/early July 2008.
Would be my first flight to Taiwan, so would really appreciate all your help and comments!! Thanks!! :)

Yaz answers:

Why don’t you just check Orbitz?

Thomas asks…

Where to go, Malaysia, Taiwan, Philippines, or Hong Kong?

I am planning a trip to Japan and on the way back I would like to stop at one of these places.

What are the opinions on each, things to do, places to see, language barrier, recommend best for a single guy?

I am having difficulty picking one I would love to see them all. Hong Kong is the most expensive flight and Taiwan is the cheapest flight.

Yaz answers:

1. MALAYSIA

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO SEE: Sightseeing, shopping, and walking tours of Kuala Lumpur City and Johor Bahru; Beaches at Pulau Perhentian, Pulau Langkawi, and Pulau Penang; Golfing in Cameron Highlands; Cultural tours of Kelantan, Melaka, Penang.

LANGUAGE BARRIER: Many Chinese and Indians, and some Malays speak good English. Signposts are in Malay (mostly) and English. Chinese can be understood in Penang and KL.

WHAT MAKES IT STAND-OUT FROM THE REST: Colorful Culture and Traditions from 3 Different Races; Petronas Towers and other Ultramodern Infrastructure

2. TAIWAN
THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO SEE: Sightseeing and electronics shopping in Taipei City; Temple tours; Hiking at Sun Moon Lake; Cultural tours in Orchid Island.

LANGUAGE BARRIER: Most speak Taiwanese and/or Mandarin only. Language barrier can be quite high. Some educated abroad and airport/hotel staff can speak English though.

WHAT MAKES IT STAND-OUT FROM THE REST: Temples

3. HONG KONG

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO SEE: Shopping and dining at Kowloon and Hong Kong Island; Hiking at Tai Mo Shan and Lantau Peak; Walking tour of Ngong Ping and HK Disneyland, and of Macau

LANGUAGE BARRIER: English is spoken by at least half of the population. Cantonese is the indigenous language.

WHAT MAKES IT STAND-OUT FROM THE REST: Entrepreneurial Way Of Life; Highly Urbanized Areas

4. THE PHILIPPINES

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO SEE: Sightseeing, dining, and shopping throughout Manila; Beaches and diving at Boracay, Palawan, Cebu, Bohol; Duty-free shopping at Clark Field and Subic Bay; Hiking at Cordillera Mountains and Taal Volcano; Walking tous of Batanes.

LANGUAGE BARRIER: All signs and signposts are in English or are bilingual in the Philippines. About 75% are fluent in English – the rest know at least some English. Basic Spanish phrases/words can be understood. Filipino is the main indigenous language.

WHAT MAKES IT STAND-OUT FROM THE REST: Westernized Culture; Extremely Large Malls; Pacific-style Beaches and Diving Spots; Lively Bars and Clubs

BEST BEACHES: Philippines and Thailand
BEST DIVING: Philippines and Indonesia
BEST HIKING: Thailand and Philippines
BEST SHOPPING: Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, HK
BEST CULTURAL TOURS: Malaysia and Thailand
BEST AIRPORT: South Korea, HK, China
EASE WITH ENGLISH: Singapore and Philippines
CHEAPEST COUNTRIES: Philippines and Malaysia

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* Manila, Philippines (the capital) is now clear of floods – the tourist district has escaped unscathed, so you can go there now. Just be wary of the news as another storm is hitting the Philippines this week. Anyhow, the best time to visit the Philippines is on December-May.

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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

………

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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