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Optional Tours


Half-Day Tour

1. Tour of Chinese Culture – National Palace Museum


13:30 – 17:00   25th July, 2004
09:00 – 12:00   29th July, 2004

Fare: Free of Charge (For Overseas Participants Only)

Highlight: Majestically situated in the thickly wooded hills of Waishuanghsi in suburban Taipei, the National Palace Museum is one of the world's most famous repositories of art, giving a breathtaking overview of Chinese culture. The museum houses more than 620,250 pieces of priceless Chinese treasures, some dating back 4,000 years.


2. Tour of Folk Arts – Sanhsia & Yingo


Date: 25th July, 2004 / 29th July, 2004

Fare: NT$ 900 / US$ 28

Highlight: Sanhsia, about 22 kms Southwest of Taipei and a short drive from Yingo, is a bustling old town with narrow, winding streets and brick buildings that are nearly a century old. The town's main attraction is the Tsu Shih Temple, one of the world's finest examples of Chinese temple architecture. Visitors are welcomed to watch artisans intricately carve elaborate camphor wood carvings, stone lions, among other new temple decorations.

Yingo, the main ceramic-producing area of northern Taiwan, is famous for making products of pottery. The town features many porcelain shops for visitors to browse through and enjoy.


3. Chiufen Village & Northeast Coast Tour


Date: 25th July, 2004 / 29th July, 2004

Fare: NT$ 1,000 / US$ 31

Highlight: The villages of Chiufen were once centers of gold mining in Taiwan. The gold is gone, but these quaint old villages, built of closely-packed houses clinging to steep mountainsides, continue to offer enchanting scenery and fascinating glimpses into the lifestyles of the past. The Northeast coast National Scenic Area is located in the northeast corner of Taiwan. The scenic area is noted for its numerous capes and bays backed by green mountains.


4. Yangmingshan National park & Hot-Spring Tour


Date: 25th July, 2004 / 29th July, 2004

Fare: NT$ 1,200 / US$ 37

Highlight: Yangmingshan, the mountainous area north of Taipei City, is famous for its beautiful scenery with traces of volcanic activities and abundant natural resources. Yangmingshan National Park is Taiwan's third national park and the one closest to a major city. All year round, Yangmingshan has attractions to offer-flowers in spring, beautiful sky in summer, fruits and maple leaves in autumn, as well as hot-spring bathing and snow in winter.


One-Day Tour

1. Taroko Gorge Tour


Date: 25th July / 29th July, 2004

Fare: NT$ 4,500 / US$ 137

Highlight: Taroko Gorge is a 19-km (12 miles) section near the Eastern end of the Central Cross-Island Highway. Over the centuries the river has cut deeply into the mountains of solid marble forming an exceptionally beautiful, narrow ravine. The gorge features towering cliffs of marble deposits and is truly awesome. The route through it is filled with scenic sights like the Swallow's Grotto, the Tunnel of Nine Turns, and Tien Hsiang.


Two-Day Tour

1. Eastern Taiwan Tour by Train


Date: 24th ~25th July / 29th ~ 30th July, 2004

Fare: NT$ 7,200 / US$ 219

Highlight: Located in Hualien County on Taiwan's East Coast, Toroko Gorge is known for its sheer marble cliffs, deep gorges, winding tunnels, and the Liwu Riever, which flows through its craggy landscape. This landscape originated over 230 million years ago. Time transformed the coral into limestone, which the intense heat of geotectonic movements turned into marble. The flow of the Liwu River created winding forges, rapids, waterfalls and hollows in rock, which still bear the marking of the massive tectonic movements that created Taiwan.


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