Just came back from a leisurely trip to northern Taiwan and wanted to share our program and driver/ guide.
1. Guards changing ceremony at Martyr's Shrine
3. Taipei 101
4. Long Shan temple
5. Night market near Long Shan Temple
1. Shen Ao Yu Gang - 'Elephant' rock formation
2. Nan ya qi yuan - beautiful scenery by the coast
3. Yin Yang Sea
4. Golden waterfall
5. Jiu Fen
6. Shi Fen waterfall and sky lantern ( you can let off fireworks here!)
7. Kee lung night market
1. Yang Ming Shan
2. Jin Shan old street
3. Teresa Teng memorial ground (beautiful scenery on the way to next attraction and popular with Japanese tourists)
4. Ye liu Geo Park
5. Wu Fen Pu - wholesale shopping
6. Hello Kitty Cafe
1. Chiang Kai Shek memorial hall and dept Taipei
Taxi driver: Mr Xiao Zheng Wen
Tel: +886 922 304 232
Feedback: Highly recommended driver. I had contacted Mr Yu (+886 919 666 332) but he was already booked. He then recommended Mr Xiao from his team of drivers and Mr Xiao turned out really well!
I travelled with my siblings and 74 year-old father - Mr Xiao is polite, always accommodating and patient and never hurried us. He told us to share the places we would like to visit and he would plan the most efficient route. He is also a safe driver and even brought us to attractions which other drivers may not be aware of. He will walk with us where possible and will tell us the interesting places to view/eat. He also makes sure we get a family picture at the attractions and helps us take them!
We engaged him for 10 hours a day (TWD3800) but he was with us for more than that each day and never hurried us. Easier to just call him and he can let you know his availability and cost straightaway.
Mr Yu, my initial contact, was in touch with Mr Xiao to make sure everything was fine. He also called me personally to get my feedback and to ensure we were having a nice vacation several times during the trip!
We took the Taroko express train and arrived in Hualien and stayed two nights at Hotel Bayview - excellent view of the coast where you can catch sun rise and closer to the Taroko Gorge.
Driver: Ms Gu
Tel: +886 935 083 682
Feedback: Knowledgeable about Hualien and the Taroko Gorge. She has the necessary tools in her car so you are all equipped for the walking trail. She, her husband, her son are drivers and can recommend drivers from their team if she is booked. We met her husband Mr Zeng and he was kind in making sure me and my dad had torches for the trail! She is patient and accomodating and will recommend good spots for pictures and take them for you!
Hope this is useful! Taiwan is a nice place with lovely people - hope you all enjoy.