Free Half Day Tour*Source from: http://eng.taiwan.net.tw/tour/index.htm
1.Who can participate
Transit or transfer passengers with 7-24 hours before their next connecting flight, and who have a valid R.O.C. visa or come from countries eligible for visa-exempt entry can participate.
Countries eligible for visa-exempt entry:
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the Vatican, the U.K., and the U.S.A..
Also eligible are citizens from India, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam and Indonesia who hold a valid visa — or permanent residency — to the U.S., Canada, Japan, the U.K., any Schengen Convention country, Australia or New Zealand. Citizens of the five Asian countries meeting the above qualifications and having never been employed in Taiwan as blue-collar migrant workers are eligible for the tours, but must first apply for visa-exempt entry by registering on the National Immigration Agency’s website: http://www.immigration.gov.tw. Registrants must also print out a confirmation, which they must present at check-in before boarding their flight for Taiwan.
Terminal 1 Terminal 2 Return to Airport (Depending on traffic) Departure Time 08:15 08:00 Before 13:00 Departure Time 13:45 13:30 Before 18:30Note:
1. Each tour is limited to 18 passengers on a first come, first served basis.
2. As there is no room for luggage on the bus, please store all luggage at the airport baggage service counter (fee required) before boarding the bus.
2.Travel Documents Required:
- A: Passport valid for at least six months.
- B: Completed immigration embarkation/disembarkation card available at immigration counter
3.Registration & Pick-up
- Tourist Service Center, Airport Arrival Lobby
- TEL: 03-398-2194, 03-398-3341
- Or dial 2194 or 3341 from the airport’s courtesy telephone
- Service Hours: 07:00~23:30 (Terminal 1)/ 05:30~24:00 (Terminal 2)
4.Itinerary*Passengers can only join one tour during each stopover. Please choose one of the following tours:
- Morning tour:
Taiwan Taoyuan Int’l Airport → Sanxia & Zushi Temple → Yingge → Return
- Afternoon tour:
Taiwan Taoyuan Int’l Airport → Songshan Cultural & Creative Park → Taipei 101 Mall → Return
- Morning tour:
Daily Morning Tour Highlights
(1) SANXIA & ZUSHI TEMPLE
Sanxia, about 22 km southwest to Taipei, is a bustling town with narrow, winding streets and brick buildings, many over a century old. The main attraction is Zushi Temple, built in honor of Song Dynasty (960–1279) loyalist Chen Chao-ying. Chen was a famous general knighted as “Protector of the Country” for his achievements and valour. This temple was in ruins at the end of World War II, and a meticulous restoration project has been underway for some forty years. The temple is known for its intricately carved stone and bronze columns and statues, especially the temple’s unique bird art. There are also carved stone lions, camphor wood carvings, and exquisite bronze bas-reliefs.
(2) YINGGE, POTTERY HEAVEN
A short trip to the lush countryside southwest of Taipei brings you to Yingge, where hand-painted replicas of elegant Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) vases, along with other types of artistic and functional ceramics, are produced. The small town is Taiwan’s pottery center and its narrow streets are lined with shops selling everything from earthenware tea sets to delicate statues.
(3) YINGGE CERAMICS MUSEUM (when the museum is open)
The Yingge Ceramics Museum, the first pottery museum in Taiwan, is a modern, glass-walled structure that imparts sense of limitless space and the beauty of simplicity. It presents 200 years of ceramic evolution and folk culture in Taiwan. It is a symbol of history and cultural as well as a place to find peace of mind.
Daily Afternoon Tour Highlights
(1) SONGSHAN CULTURAL & CREATIVE PARK
The Songshan Cultural & Creative Park was once the Songshan Tobacco Factory in 1937. The building was rated as one of the historical monuments in Taiwan by the government in 2001 and transformed into a Cultural & Creative Park in 2010. It is situated in the center of Taipei and positioned as the “Creative Hub of Taipei”, with the mission of combining Taiwan’s culture and creativity and mingling new ideas into traditions, including the presentation of designs, visuals, and cross-disciplinary events.
(2) TAIPEI 101
Taipei 101 stands 508 meters high with 101 stories on a site area of 30,278 square meters. The development comprises an office tower, a shopping mall and an observatory. It was certified to be the world’s tallest building when it was opened to the public on December 31, 2004.