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I am thinking about a trip to Taiwan next year and want some advice on what airline is the best from the UK (LHR) and what price im expected to pay and what hotels are good and any tours that are good im planning maybe 7-10 days there and what time of year is best im not a lover of the heat? (Im British)

And whats the transport situation like there if i need to travel around the country?


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Jan.~March - cold, sometimes cool

Nov.~Dec. - cool, sometimes cold

Nov. ~ April - northern Taiwan can sometimes be rainy, a drizzle that can last days or weeks; central and southern Taiwan usually has dry winters.

Avoid the Chinese New Year holidays and winter school break, which is when plane tickets are sky high, accommodations are more expensive and much harder to book, and the entire population will be traveling around the island with you, to the same spots you're going to.

The official Chinese New Year public holidays in 2009 are Jan. 25~28 & 30, but the stretch from Jan. 24~Feb. 1 will be busy altogether. School spring break usually starts 2 weeks before the official public holidays begin and ends the weekend that the public holidays end.

Re hotels, are you thinking luxury, mid-range or budget?

EVA and China Airlines have direct flights to/from London; Cathay Pacific has a brief stopover in Hong Kong.

Transportation within Taipei, you can take the MRT to most of the places of interest, with a bus transfer to more far out places; taxi fares are reasonable for rides within the city.

For traveling around the country, the TRA (Taiwan Railway Admin.) serves the entire island; the HSR (High Speed Rail) serves the main cities on the western side of the island; and buses serve the entire island as well as mountain / rural roads not served by rail.

Quite a few non-Chinese-speaking visitors have traveled around Taiwan, some of them women who did solo trips. The people here are friendly and eager to help, especially in the countryside.

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