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Notice: We will inform you within 7 days prior to the start of the tour if the tour minimum numbers are not achieved.
You will have the choice of accepting an offer of alternative tour arrangements of comparable standard from us if available (we will refund or need to be paid any price difference), or cancelling your booking and receiving a full refund.
Include: Bus rental fee(including Tip for driver), English speaking tour guide
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Exclude: Personal expense and meals (Lunch and Dinner)
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Minimum booking for each tour: 16 persons

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Tour 1 : Creative Park and Village

13:00-17:00 7th Oct (Wednesday) at TICC
NTD 1,390 = EUR 40 /per person

Heading to Huashan 1914 Creative Park

Huashan 1914 Creative Park: Huashan 1914 Creative Park currentlyserves asTaipei’s primary creative arts center. Not only is it a popular venue for a medley of performance troupes and rock bands, it also provides shop fronts that are shared by independent artisans and craftspeople. The buildings that stand in Huashan 1914 Creative Park are actually part of a Japanese-era winery that was constructed in 1914, hence the inclusion of the date in the park’s official title. By the year 1987, however, urbanization caught up with the city and the alcohol factory was relocated elsewhere to put an end to its water pollution.
A decade after being abandoned, the winery was being eyed by several envious groups. Golden Bough Theatre began to use the derelict park as a performance venue and was promptly charged for misuse of government property. Nevertheless, other cultural groups soon joined in and after two years of campaigning, the ex-winery was designated a cultural hotspot in 1999.

Heading to Songshan Cultural and Creative Park

Songshan Cultural and Creative Park : This location has transformed through history since 1937 as the “Taiwan Sotokufu Tobacco Monopoly Bureau” during the Japanese colonial time, and after restoration, it was taken over by the Taiwan Monopoly Bureau and renamed the “Taiwanese Provincial Tobacco and Alcohol Monopoly Bureau Songshan Plant”. In 2001, it was appointed by the Taipei City Government as the No. 99 cultural heritage site of the city and renamed the “Songshan Cultural and Creative Park”. This site was once home to the first modernized tobacco Factory in Taiwan, which created tremendous economic value to the nation. And now it is transformed into a creative hub of Taiwan.
The concept of an “industrial village” was employed during the initial development of the Songshan Tobacco Factory, and besides the production line, the benefits and needs of the plant’s employees were also taken into consideration for the design of the site. With its large open spaces and courtyards, the site was a pioneering design for industrial plants at that time. Its architectural style belongs to the genre of “Japanese Early Modernism”, with emphasis placed on horizontal lines, simple classic shapes, and refined workmanship. The buildings were considered to be an exceptional model for industrial plants in that era.

Heading to Forty-Four South Village
As the civil war between Kuomintang and Communist Party intensified, the 44th Arsenal of Combined Logistics Command which had originally moved to Qingdao City, Shandong, was moved to Taiwan in six batches and finally settled in Xinyi District of Taipei City wherein was former Japanese Army Depot during the Japanese occupation era. At first, the employees temporarily stayed in the Arsenal. Later on, 44 South villages were built for them as a makeshift near the Arsenal, and then 44 West Village and East Village were built one after another. The residents in 44 West Village were mostly officers and their family dependents, and 44th East Village and 44th South Village residents were mostly non-military technicians and mechanics. In 1999, To tie in with the policy of remodeling military dependents' villages, all Si-Si South Village tenants vacated the premises. And this act has attracted some scholars’ attention of the historical value of the village. Two years after, Si-Si Nan Cun was approved historic buildings, and later be set up as Xinyi Public Assembly Hall and Cultural Park of Military Dependents’ Village.

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Tour 2 : Culture of Temples

13:00-17:00 7th Oct (Wednesday) at TICC
NTD 1,390 = EUR 40 /per person

Heading to Longshan Temple

Longshan (lungshan) Temple is a famous old temple in Taiwan. It is for worshiping Guanshiyin Budda and other divine spirits. The temple was built in Qianlong 5th year in Qing Dynasty. Due to natural disaster and damages caused by men, the temple was restored for several times. The doors, beams, and poles are beautifully decorated. The sculptures are delicate. There are also exquisite wood sculptures. Among them, the well and Budda setting in the main hall are highly appreciated. The temple has many Chinese poems, verses and lyrics on signs. These add a touch of literature in addition to the religious and sightseeing value. There are also traditional streets/shops, antique shops, Buddhists article shops, and Chinese medicine shops surrounding the temple.

Heading to Ximen - The Red House:

The Red House: A Western-style red-brick octagonal structure in Taipei's Ximen space built in 1908, is Taiwan's first public market and the most well preserved historical site. Designed by Kondo Juro, a western-styled architect in the prefectural civil engineering office at the time, the market entrance, incorporating both octagonal and cruciform shapes, was paralleled by no other in the east and west. The market entrance also took on the ‘eight trigrams (bagua) design considered boldly creative then. Octagon Building, Cruciform Building, and the adjacent South-North Square are now collectively known as ‘The Red House.’

Heading to CKS Memorial Hall

CKS Memorial Hall: This memorial hall is home to several classical Chinese buildings, including the stately memorial itself as well as the National Concert Hall and National Theater. Another highlight is the hourly honor guard display. Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is located in the heart of Taipei City. The area is 250,000 square meters and it is the attraction most visited by foreign tourists. Outside the gate of Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, there are poles carrying the sign of true rightness. The architecture of Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is inspired by Tientam in Beijing. The four sides of the structure are similar to those of the pyramids in Egypt. The material is white marble. The roofs are decorated with deep-blue glass as part of the reflection of blue sky and bright sun. It adds a touch of grandeur. The garden is planted with red flowers. As a whole, the colors of blue, white and red express the National Flag and the spirit of freedom, equality and brotherhood. The upper level contains the main hall, in which a large statue of Chiang Kai-shek is located, and where a guard mounting ceremony takes place in regular intervals.

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Tour 3 : Culture of Hot Spring

13:00-17:00 7th Oct (Wed) at TICC
NTD 1,390 = EUR 40 /per person

Heading to Beitou Hot Spring Museum

Built in 1913, the Beitou Hot Spring Museum was originally the Beitou Public Bathhouse, the largest bathhouse in the East Asia at the time. Now it serves to recount Beitou's hot spring history. The whole building resembles an English country house. It marks the beginning of Beitou』s hot spring era. On display are historical relics and documents, which tell stories of the sulfur mining, the hot spring and Taiwanese films, providing the public a window to Beitou.

Heading to Thermal Valley
Thermal Valley is one of the sources supplying the area’s hot springs. The sulfuric steam that blankets the valley year-round gives the valley a frightening quality, giving rise to nicknames like “Ghost Lake.” The springs here have the highest temperatures of any in the Datunshan volcano group. With its surreal sulfuric atmosphere, it’s no wonder Thermal Valley was considered one of the “12 great sights of Taiwan” during the Period of Japanese Occupation!

Heading to Martyrs' Shrine

(Guards changing ceremony) Martyrs' Shrine: The Martyrs' Shrine, resting on the slopes of the Qing Mountain and overseeing the Keelung River, is located right next to the Grand Hotel. It was built in 1969 and covers a large area. Its grand and magnificent architectural style is similar to that of the Taihe Dian Imperial Palace in Beijing, Mainland China, and symbolizes the martyrs' brave spirit. More than 10,000 ping (33,000 m2) of grass fields surround the structure, and protected by the neighboring mountains it breathes a serene atmosphere which even more emphasizes its solemn and stately character. The 330,000 men who sacrificed their lives to the revolution before the establishment of the Republic of China and who fell during the Sino-Japanese war and the Chinese Civil war are worshipped here. Plates of these brave and loyal martyrs have been inserted into the four walls of the main building in testimony of their heroic deeds.

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Tour 4 : Yingge, Sanxia Ceramics and
Temple Tour

13:00-17:00 7th Oct (Wed) at TICC
NTD 1,390 = EUR 40 /per person

Heading to Yingge Ceramics Old Street

Yingge Ceramics Old Street: According to the sayings of an elder generation of people, since the beginning of the Japanese colonial era, Jianshanpu Road has been given the name of Ceramics Street due to the establishment of various ceramic factories. In recent years, ceramic materials and ceramic art shops have gradually stationed themselves into Old Street, thus giving this ancient street a more diversified and newer charm. Whether you are looking for art ceramics, ceramics with creative designs, teapots, tea sets, gift baskets or ceramic products for daily usage, Ceramic Street will satisfy all your needs. Those that enjoy the art of ceramics will certainly not leave home empty-handed after entering these shops.

Heading to Sanxia's Qingshui Zushi Temple

Sanxia's Qingshui Zushi Temple
Renovated by famed artist Mei-Shui Lee, the temple is rich in intricate and complex wood carvings, copper statues and stone sculptures. This masterpiece by famed artisans and artists has given ChangfuTemple the beautiful name of “ArtGallery of the East.

Sanxia Old Street
Sanxia old street feels like stepping into a time machine. The retro and rustic traditional shopping street and old architectures makes one feel as if time has ceased moving from Taiwan fifty years ago. Neat and tidy pencil-straight streets, redbrick arcades and Baroque-inspired elevated archways all tell the story of the street’s past splendor and all are able to stop tourists dead in their tracks. A fair share of shops selling traditional old toys and small eats can be found on the street.

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Tour 5 : Exploring Northern Taiwan !
Jiufen Old Street, Gold Waterfall

13:00-17:00 7th Oct at TICC
NTD 1,390 = EUR 40 /per person

Heading to Shuinandong Smelter

Shuinandong Smelter
There are many remains of mining industry in Shuinandong, Jinguashi, and Jiufen area. Especially in Shuinandong, there are "Abandoned Smoke Tunnel" and "Remains of the thirteen levels" on the mountain. The scenery tells history of prosperity and decline.

Yinyan Sea
The official name for Yinyan Sea is "LianDongWan", but since the gulf appears in swirling colors of blue and brown in a shape closely resembling the Yin-Yang, it is more widely known as the Yinyan Sea. The different shades of these two colors blend within the sea, and morph into various shapes along with the constant weather changes in the region.

Heading to Gold Waterfall

Gold Waterfall (Stop by) This unique waterfall gets its name from the various minerals that
have coated the river beds making them shine a golden color. The clear water rushing over the golden river beds contrast vividly with the surrounding greenery and make it a unique sight.

Heading to Jiufen Old Street

Jiufen, located in the Ruifang district, has an interesting past. The town’s name means nine portions and originates from the fact originally there were nine families in the area so inevitable when goods were order they ordered nine portions and so the name Jiufen. The town experienced a boom when gold was found in the area and reached its peak during the Japanese occupation of Taiwan. You will still find many Japanese style inns in the town.
However, the town went into decline after WWII. It was revived mainly due to two popular movies: one was City of Sadness in 1989, which was filmed in Jiufen and Spirited Away in 2001 whose animation was based on the feel of the town.

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Tour 6 : Culture of Lanyang, Yilan

13:00-17:00 7th Oct at TICC
NTD 1,590 = EUR 43 /per person

Heading to Lanyang Museum

The Lanyang Museum is a museum about the local area in Yilan. The museum building was designed by a team led by Yao Ren-xi whose design was inspired by the cuestas commonly seen along Beiguan Coast. The museum adopts the geometric shapes of the cuestas where the roof protrudes from the ground at an angle of 20 degrees meeting a wall which rises from the ground at an angle of 70 degrees. Thus the building emerges from the ground in a similar fashion to those cuestas.

Heading to Tangweigou Hot Spring Park

The park features elaborately designed green landscape with viewing pavilion, outdoor foot spa, and old-fashioned juniper spa. Local residents come here to recall their memories of the traditional spa, while visitors from outside of the town enjoy the natural juniper spa.

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