Jan 28, 2015

[Our Tours] Dadaocheng – Old vs. New Taipei


One of the oldest parts in Taipei:
Historical architecture next to modern buildings.


Sights


Dadaocheng is a sight by itself. At every corner you will find something different and surprising to see. I felt taking a journey to another city. The history of it underlines this effect even more.
Derelict and empty buildings next to modern and new bank branches.









It was surprising and weird entering this part of Taipei. Especially going into the old department store was a little bit scary. I really felt like a stranger and lost. But that made it interesting again; a spot to get more into the history and behind the curtain of tourism. 



From here you can easily visit the beautiful Dadaocheng wharf. Relax and take a deep  breath while watching Tamsui River and eating the snacks you bought on Dihua Street. But the most interesting thing about the wharf is that it was the first international port in Taiwan for commercial use. 













Walking down Dihua Street you can find a lot of small things to buy, especially mushrooms, vegetables dried food and snacks. The huge choice of different goods is amazing. While walking the street you can buy traditional medicine as well as sweets, fabrics and garments. The architecture style is also something special to see. It doesn’t fit with the imagination of the high touristic Taipei 101 and all the shopping malls.





After taking a rest you can visit Yongle market. This old department store also offers a lot of
and food. I recommend visiting the small marketplace around.



To finish the afternoon take a walk to Ningxia Night Market and enjoy the local food. Especially here you will mostly find locals and not many tourists.













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How to get there:


Take the Red MRT until Shuanglian. From there you can reach everything by walk.




Difficulties and advice:


You will hardly find any English signs and without any language skills you will get lost very easily. Although you will find a way to visit the old department store and Dadaocheng wharf. If you can, prepare a sheet with some places you want to visit in Chinese.

The area is very old and not a very famous tourist spot. You may feel a bit alone and lost if you go there by yourself. Take a friend with you who can speak some Chinese or hire a tour guide from Topology.


Jul 31, 2013

[Our Tours] Non-touristic Sight-seeing - Puli Town

Known to be a lotus-shaped landscape, Puli Town at central Taiwan has attracted many slow-living enthusiasts, retirees and of course, the city dwellers who would like to escape the bustle and hustles. The entire town is surrounded by spectacular mountains and situated on an abundant plain, where the top quality water resource cultivates the best living environment in Taiwan.

The town is all surrounded by layers and layers of mountains, allowing people in Puli to enjoy the best weather all year round.


Jul 26, 2013

[Our Tours] Taiwan's Most Unique Travel Destinations - Bouncing Land in Nantou

Have you heard of any lands that can actually DANCE?

During an actual visit in Nantou, where the world-known Sun Moon Lake is located, we're very much honored to introduce one of the most world unique travel destinations-Toushur living basin 南投頭社活盆地- to visitors who visit central Taiwan. Beside Giethoorn in Amsterdam 荷蘭羊角村, the living basin is one of the rarest geological landscapes you could witness on earth.



 The 'dancing land'  looks just like normal paddy field. What's so special?
This is what we do in the central Taiwan. Don't miss out these places if you're visiting here!

Jul 25, 2013

[Our Value] Our Ideal Partnership in Tourism Industry


"Treating guests as friends." When we hear this promising idea, our eyes shine bright.

This is exactly one of the initial ideas that we have hold on tight when we provide our service, and when we are searching for like-minded partners such as hostels, restaurants, tour guides, travel service providers or trustworthy cooperators. We are determined to offer an extraordinary experience when the guests are using the service.


The clip shows how our beloved hostel's owner think about how about "treating guests as friends"

[Our Value] Encountering the Locals in Taiwan


You must have heard of how people conclude their trip experience with such expression "the local people are the best tour guides". So, we would strongly encourage you to "make friends" and look for chances talking to the locals when you travel in Taiwan. We believe that the best attraction of a trip should be PEOPLE, not great views or beautiful scenery. 


Let's be TALKATIVE!

Talk to local shop or stall owners. Some find it convincing that Taiwanese are friendly because they've experienced shop owners' genuity. When we're taking our guests to taste the local delicacies, we tend to introduce the owners to our guests so that they can talk a bit. Our guests might then feel more comfortable and feel like being well-hosted.


When the local food owners see that their guests are from abroad,
they're very much likely willing to chat with you.